A superb Saturday awaits at Newmarket, and Alan Dudman returns with a bet in the Cheveley Park, and also a 20.019/1 selection for the big handicap of the day...
"Linguistic has gone well fresh before and he likes cut in the ground. He has plenty of form on the Rowley Mile and his trainer John Gosden has won the race three times - including with Halling back in the 1990s."
The French raider Different League beat Clemmie in the Albany at Royal Ascot earlier in the season, yet the top of the market on the Sportsbook is heavily in favour of Aidan O'Brien's filly - who can be backed at 13/8, whilst Different League is 11/2. And I am siding with the latter.
Clemmie might want quicker ground, but any soft in the conditions should suit Matthieu Palussiere's juvenile - who landed a race at Angers earlier in the year which Timeform gave as soft.
The Albany form has worked out really well, and Different League was travelling fairly strongly two furlongs from home, before battling up the stiff finish. She does hold an entry in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. Whether that could be for the ground I don't know - but it's a thought that is certainly not a negative.
There was nothing wrong with the selection's run last time in the Group 1 Prix Morny behind two colts, and this bargain buy is right up there on official ratings on 108.
15:35 Newmarket - Linguistic to relish Cambridgeshire assignment
Time for the Cambridgeshire, and time to back Linguistic at 20.019/1 on the Exchange.
With a field of 35, we'll obviously need a bit of luck, but I like backing horses with Group experience in these ultra-tough handicaps, and Linguistic has competed at Group 2 level. He was looking like a potential Derby horse when he pitched up in the Dee Stakes - and that's something to bear in mind with him going handicapping for the first time from a mark of 103.
The four-year-old has clearly had plenty of issues, but he does have talent. He was last seen running at Kempton back in April in the Listed Magnolia Stakes - but the stop-start gallop didn't suit. That was his first run back from being gelded.
He's the sort of horse that could stay 1m4f, so the hustle and bustle of this contest at a greater speed should suit.
Linguistic has gone well fresh before and he likes cut in the ground. He has plenty of form on the Rowley Mile and his trainer John Gosden has won the race three times - including with Halling back in the 1990s.
Drawn over the far side in five, he might be the type to get a bit of cover early on with the cheekpieces added for the first time. He is still unexposed and has plenty of plus points.
Saturday's Recommended Bets
Back Different League 0.5pt @ 11/2 Sportsbook in the 14:20 at Newmarket
Back Linguistic 0.5pt @ 20.019/1 in the 15:35 at Newmarket
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
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