It's Cambridgeshire day at Newmarket on Saturday, and that is where we head for today's Placepot attempt.
"Godolphin look to have a strong hand, headed by Portage, who was second in the Irish Cambridgeshire last month and looks a good prospect for the Newmarket equivalent..."
13:30- Aidan O'Brien sends over Seventh Heaven who is open to significant improvement on the back of some considerate handling on her debut at Leopardstown last month, she is worth including here along with Aristocratic, who fared much the best of the newcomers at Newmarket last month and is also open to progression.
14:00- Aidan O'Brien has won this four times since the turn of the century and Deauville commands plenty of respect on the back of his win in the Group 3 Tyros Stakes in July where he drew clear with subsequent Group 3 winner Sanus Per Aquam. The danger looks to be Foundation, who, like Deauville, has Racing Post Trophy and Derby entries, and took a listed race with plenty in hand last time out. This pair are some way clear of the rest on known form, and may well fill the first two places.
14:35- Hard to see the Lowther winner Besharah out of the first three here, seeing as she is closely matched with both Illuminate and Lumiere on her form this season, having lost out by a nose to the former in the Duchess of Cambridge, and having beaten the latter by two-and-a-quarter lengths at York last time. Lumiere may well have more to offer on just her third start, but Besharah looks the one for Placepot purposes.
15:10- Shalaa is the joint-top Timeform Rated two-year-old in Europe this season, so it is no surprise to see him well clear of the field here on pre-race ratings, and though he is no betting prospect at his current odds, he is impossible to oppose for Placepot purposes.
15:50- This year's Cambridgeshire is, as you would expect, one of the toughest-looking handicaps of the season, and it is worth including a few lines. Godolphin look to have a strong hand, headed by Portage, who was second in the Irish Cambridgeshire last month and looks a good prospect for the Newmarket equivalent, given that he is progressive, lightly-raced and seems to do well in big fields. Godolphin's other runner is Musaddas, who is perhaps not the most straightforward, as he showed last time, but boasts some of the best form in the race, having beaten a host of winners on his reappearance at Newmarket in May, and then shaped better than the distance beaten suggested when second in a hot handicap at York behind Birdman, he is also worth including along with David O'Meara's Earth Drummer. Earth Drummer caught the eye last time at York over 10 furlongs, after sweeping into contention stylishly, but he was unable to put the race to bed like it looked like he would, and it could be the case of him being better over trips shy of 10 furlongs, making the 9-furlong trip in the Cambridgeshire ideal.
16:25- Three next-time-out winners have come out of Gale Song's debut maiden, where she finished a respectable fourth amid greenness, and she looks a solid option for a place here, with plenty of the newcomers expected to need their first outing.
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