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Cambridgeshire: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

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The Cambridgeshire is the big betting race at Newmarket on Saturday

"William Haggas has yet to land this prestigious handicap but Mujtaba is taken to put that right."

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide and 1-2-3 verdict for Saturday's Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket.

Cambridgeshire Handicap
15:40 Newmarket, Saturday
Live on ITV4

1. Majestic Dawn (Paul & Oliver Cole/ Mohammed Lyes Tabti (7))
Runaway winner of this in 2020 and produced a fine front-running display when landing a Goodwood listed event in May. Poor effort at Windsor last time can be excused (reportedly scoped dirty after the race), but he's surely too high in the weights now in any case.

2. Magical Morning (John & Thady Gosden/ Benoit de la Sayette (3))
Smart performer who was better than ever when winning a 1m Doncaster handicap at the beginning of June. Subsequent efforts not so good, though, and he was well held in this race off a 1 lb lower mark last year.

3. Perotto (Marcus Tregoning/ Billy Lee)
Proved that he can handle big-field scenarios when landing the 29-runner Britannia at Royal Ascot last June. Largely campaigned in pattern company since and while he's by no means impossibly treated back in a handicap, others make more appeal for win purposes.

4. Mujtaba (William Haggas/ Jim Crowley)
Winner of all three starts last year and though rather disappointing in the Lincoln and a Chester handicap during the spring, he produced a taking performance in a first-time tongue strap at Doncaster (10.2f, good) recently. 3 lb 'well-in' under a penalty and further progress is on the cards.

5. Forest Falcon (Charlie & Mark Johnston/ Daniel Muscutt)
Landed the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar in June and added to his tally when outpointing Brillian Light and 16 others at Glorious Goodwood the following month. Little impact since, though, including when only seventh in the Doncaster handicap won by Mujtaba.

6. Injazati (Charlie Fellowes/ Jamie Spencer)
Highly progressive last season and reappearance third at Pontefract (1¼m, heavy) in April was a solid effort. Not disgraced in listed company at Windsor since and each-way claims back down in trip here with Jamie Spencer aboard, provided the ground isn't fast.

7. Lucander (Ralph Beckett/ Rossa Ryan)
Followed Majestic Dawn home in the 2020 edition of this race but could finish only eleventh in last year's running. Still, he's certainly not handicapped out of things and he could have a part to play from a potentially favourable high draw if the first-time blinkers have the desired effect.

8. Notre Belle Bete (Non Runner)

9. Brilliant Light (Saeed bin Suroor/ Dougie Costello)
Wasn't beaten at all far when fifth in the John Smith's Cup at York in July and also second in a valuable Glorious Goodwood handicap that month. Steady pace proved his undoing at Yarmouth last time, but he's probably now weighed up to his best in any case.

10. Protagonist (William Haggas/ Tom Marquand)
Multiple winner in Ireland and has progressed for new yard this year, pipping Savvy Victory at Doncaster in July before proving ¾-length too strong for Dual Identity (pair clear of the rest) at Sandown (1¼m, good). 7 lb rise fair and should go well provided low draw doesn't prove to be a hindrance.

11. Bell Rock (Andrew Balding/ Callum Hutchinson (5))
Well held in this race last year but was a fine third in the 2020 renewal and posted his best of the season so far when third to Mujtaba off this career-low mark at Doncaster recently. Will do well to reverse those placings with that unexposed rival here, though.

12. Totally Charming (George Boughey/ William Buick)
Looked good when landing handicaps at Lingfield and Epsom earlier this season, and he wasn't entirely disgraced in the Royal Hunt Cup on his latest start in June. Tongue strap enlisted and he's not ruled out back from a break here with William Buick in the hot-seat.

13. Austrian Theory (Charlie & Mark Johnston/ Neil Callan)
Back to very best when coming out on top at Hamilton in June and went close on the July Course here next time. However, struggled in the Golden Mile at Glorious Goodood last time and he's likely to find this too competitive.

14. First View (Saeed bin Suroor/ Stefano Cherchi (3))
Opened turf account in a Leicester handicap during the summer and enhanced good AW strike rate when accounting for 13 rivals in first-time cheekpieces at Kempton (1m) last time. One of four representing last year's winning yard and certainly not without hope under a penalty (2 lb 'well-in').

15. Savvy Victory (Sean Woods/ Ryan Moore)
Off the mark at Pontefract on return in April and just touched off by Protagonist at Doncaster on penultimate start. Improved when subsequently scoring in good style at Goodwood (1¼m, good) where he benefited from being ridden with more restraint, and this three-year-old is a player with Ryan Moore booked.

16. Arqoob (William Jarvis/ Connor Planas (7))
Successful at Sandown (1¼m) in July and creditable fourth over the same C&D in the handicap won by Protagonist last month. Again acquitted himself at Yarmouth eight days later but this demands a significant step forward.

17. Ouzo (Jamie Osborne/ Saffie Osborne (3))
Save for a low-key effort at Royal Ascot in June, he hasn't done a great deal wrong this season and his latest fifth in a 22-runner York handicap (1m, good) was respectable. Place possibilities.

18. Jimi Hendrix (Ralph Beckett/ Rob Hornby)
Excellent third in the Britannia at Royal Ascot prior to narrowly landing a 1m handicap on the other course here. Too be bad to be true at Glorious Goodwood when last seen in July and it would be no surprise were he to bounce back with a bold show.

19. Electrical Storm (Saeed bin Suroor/ Cieren Fallon)
Low-mileage five-year-old who showed improved form to get off the mark on the back of an 18-month absence at York in June. Good efforts in defeat in stronger handicaps at Sandown (1¼m) and Haydock (1m) since and he's a live each-way candidate.

20. Kitsune Power (Roger Varian/ Ray Dawson)
Did well to finish as close as he did when runner-up at Glorious Goodwood in July and improved for the step up to 1¼m when seeing off four rivals at Beverley last time. This is a much tougher assignment but he probably has more to offer. Cheekpieces applied.

21. Dual Identity (William Knight/ Andrea Atzeni)
Improved performer this year, finishing out of the first two just one from seven appearances in 2022. Pulled clear of the rest with the winner when beaten less than a length by Protagonist at Sandown and, now 2 lb better off, it should again be close between them.

22. Carolus Magnus (Andrew Balding/ David Probert)
Both wins gained on this course, the latest a 1m handicap at this meeting last year. However, he hasn't managed to add to that since and is perhaps a shade too high in the weights for now.

23. Dutch Decoy (Charlie & Mark Johnston/ Andrew Breslin (3))
Has more than paid his way already this year, winning five times since January. However, his form has somewhat dipped of late and he's likely to find this too competitive.

24. Caradoc (Ed Walker/ Nicola Currie)
Highly capable performer when on-song and shaped well on his first two starts of the present campaign. However, he appears to have gone off the boil judged on his York effort last time and there's now an air of vulnerability about him.

25. Pistoletto (John Ryan/ Royston Ffrench)
Looked unlucky not to finish closer when fourth of 11 to Dutch Decoy in handicap on the July Course here last month. Stone last at Newbury next time, though, and it's easy enough to look elsewhere.

26. Night of Luxury (Saeed bin Suroor/ Josephine Gordon)
Has clicked since switched to handicaps, cranking it up another notch for third win in 6-runner contest here (July Course) last month. Didn't appear to stay 1½m at Ascot three weeks ago and while this drop back in trip will help, he's likely to find a few too good.

27. Geremia (Jim Goldie/ George Rooke)
Yet to strike on turf but deserves to do so judged on several creditable efforts in York handicaps at up to 16.2f this year. Still, current mark leaves little margin for error and others make more appeal.

28. Majestic (Mick Channon/ Aidan Keeley (5))
Off the mark at Pontefract in August and hasn't done a great deal wrong since, not beaten far when sixth in a strong Newbury handicap (1¼m, good) last weekend. Not without an each-way squeak.

29. Fast Medicine (Peter Chapple-Hyam/ Joey Haynes)
Gelded following 2021 campaign and looked an improved model when landing a 1m Nottingham handicap in April. However, this free-going sort has failed to reproduce form akin to that in four subsequent appearances.

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Timeform Analyst's Verdict:

William Haggas has yet to land this prestigious handicap but MUJTABA is taken to put that right. Though admittedly short in the betting for one who has yet to prove himself in the hustle and bustle of a big-field scenario such as this, he is unexposed and was impressive when returning from a break at Doncaster recently. Stablemate Protagonist merits respect, but recent trends suggest a low draw is not ideal and bigger threats may be posed by Electrical Storm, Savvy Victory and Jimi Hendrix.

1. Mujtaba
2. Electrical Storm
3. Savvy Victory

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