Chester - At The Races

Ante-Post Focus

    Ante-post expert Gary Nutting has a duo of selections for Saturday week's Bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket.

Published  18th September

The horse with most potential among likely starters in the Bet365 Cambridgeshire is probably TEMPUS as he’s a lightly-raced, well-bred four-year-old with the scope to improve again going up in trip.

Roger Charlton’s colt, a half-brother to the stable’s Group 2 winner Time Test, is two from two in mile handicaps this season and looks to have been campaigned with the Newmarket cavalry charge in mind.

If the trainer’s previous comments are anything to go by, he won’t want the ground any faster than good - so that’s a slight query at the time of writing - but rain features in next week’s forecast which is encouraging.

Tempus is already 3lb well in under a 4lb penalty for the early-closing feature, the handicapper having raised him 7lb for his latest win at Ascot, and should relish the extra furlong in a strongly-run event.

He is set to run off 97, a 4lb higher rating than Time Test defied in the 2015 London Gold Cup on route to a UK final mark of 121 before finishing his career in the States.

That three-year-old Newbury handicap over 1m2f is always a strong race to follow and its propensity for producing Group and other classy performers points to another of the Cambridgeshire market leaders, Sinjaari, having obvious claims.

William Haggas’s four-year-old was touched off by Headman in last season’s renewal and following a gelding operation over the winter has won his only start this term in the John Smith’s Cup.

He’s entitled to progress again off an 8lb higher mark but at more than twice the odds SOLID STONE - who disappointed in that edition of the London Gold Cup and the York race last time - may prove a bit of value.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge has also benefited from being gelded - he won a Class 2 handicap at Sandown against the pace bias on his return to action in June - and wasn’t best placed the way the race panned out at York.

Back on the Rowley Mile course at HQ - where he was successful over 1m2f at last year’s Craven meeting - he could present more of a threat on these better terms, having shaped nicely from a wide draw on his recent prep over Kempton’s mile.