The juveniles may be centre stage at Newmarket on Saturday via the Royal Lodge and the Cheveley Park Stakes but the three-day meeting at HQ is of course all about the Cambridgeshire.
The big handicap comes up at 3.40pm and trainer John Gosden could have sound claims of netting a fourth career success in the fiendishly tough Heritage Handicap.
Stylehunter, 3.40 Newmarket each-way @ 14/1
John Gosden has captured this prize on three occasions and the Rab Havlin-ridden Stylehunter makes most appeal from the trio of runners he fires at the prize today.
The Raven’s Pass colt finished a good sixth in the Britannia on handicap debut at Royal Ascot this summer and will likely have pattern-race potential next season if he keeps progressing.
Given the very nature of this cavalry charge, he’s going to need some luck in running but after a career-best at Goodwood last time (in a small field) he comes here very much still on the up.
He has been bumped up 8lb for that success but still gets in here near the foot of the weights and having skipped an engagement at Newbury last week owing to soft ground, the forecast good to firm-good in places conditions now will be ideal.
Signora Cabello, 2.25 Newmarket each-way @ 5/1
John Quinn’s filly was second behind Pretty Pollyanna last time out in the Prix Morny at Deauville and, on the strength of that Group One form, they are deemed very likely to battle out the finish again in the Cheveley Park Stakes.
Less than a length separated the pair in France, while they had pulled well clear of their rivals. Arguably there should be less price-discrepancy between them for this rematch.
Signora Cabello had gone into that race on the back of four straight wins, including the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and a French Group 2 and her trainer has suggested she is the “best filly he has trained” as she gets set to head to Newmarket for this 6f Group 1 event.
There’s not much between Frankie Dettori’s mount and the likely market leader Pretty Pollyanna on ratings and this should be closer than the odds suggest.
Cracker Factory, 2.15 Market Rasen to win @ 11/10
Formerly trained on the Flat by William Haggas, Cracker Factory has seemingly found his calling since switching to the jumping game for new trainer Alan King.
The Poet’s Voice gelding has barely extended himself in racking up a hat-trick of wins over timber at Aintree and Newton Abbot over a variety of trips up to 2m2½f and looks a natural in this sphere.
He races in the familiar two-tone green silks of owners Simon Munir & Isaac Souede and is being touted as one of Britain’s most impressing juvenile hurdlers early in the season.
Daryl Jacob’s mount concedes weight to his rivals here but he looks to have plenty scope for further improvement and should be well capable of giving weight and a beating to the likes of Breakfast and Jack Regan.
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