IT'S Day 3 of Newmarket's prestigious Cambridgeshire Meeting live on ITV.
The big betting heat, the Cambridgeshire Handicap takes centre stage on Saturday afternoon, but there are some blockbuster Group 1s on the card too.
Don't miss a minute of the action with Sun Racing's live blog.
Newmarket Cambridgeshire Meeting Day 3 (Live on ITV4 from 1.30):
Punters haven't been backward in coming forward this morning.
My colleague Callum Jamieson has news of some huge gambles at HQ…
LUCK OF THE IRISH
Ken Condon's Miss Amulet was a ready winner of the Lowther last month – reckon she can bag the Cheveley Park too?
GOING, GOING, GONE…
Here's the official going report for Newmarket today.
LAY OF THE DAY
There are a couple of short(ish) priced ones around today, and there is one in particular who I cannot have at all.
How on earth is Method so short in the Middle Park?? He is only second favourite because Dettori is riding him.
He has plenty to find on form with his three big market rivals, and if he wins the 3.00pm I'll pickle my walnuts.
The main man has been busy picking us some winners today.
He's narrowed it down to these three as his best bets on a mouthwatering afternoon.
NAP: New Mandate (1.50 Newmarket)
NB: Danyah (2.05 Haydock)
TB: Sinjaari (3.35 Nemarket)
Have a bang on that – the treble pays a huge 97.5/1 with our friends at Betway!
HOW ABOUT THIS
Great story this – the 2012 Middle Park winner Reckless Abandon didn't cut the mustard at stud.
But he has been retrained and is now loving life as a polo horse.
🇬🇧 Eight years ago Reckless Abandon won the G1 Middle Park Stakes @NewmarketRace…
Now, retrained through the Godolphin Rehoming Programme, he has embarked upon an exciting new career in polo! Earlier this year we paid him a visit at Clover Polo to see how he was getting on 😍 pic.twitter.com/RqwuumgFZ8
— Godolphin (@godolphin) September 26, 2020
I'm an absolute sucker for a Placepot. Here's what I'm having my £2 on at HQ.
Race 1 Wootton Creek
Race 2 New Mandate
Race 3 Dandalla
Race 4 Lucky Vega
Race 5 Lucander
Race 6 Renaissance Rose
Trainer Tom Clover has had a cracking season and he has a lively 33-1 outsider in the Cambridgeshire today in Balgair, who won over C&D seven days ago.
Clover told Sun Racing: “He’s come out of the race last week brilliantly so we thought we’d take our chance.
“The step up to nine furlongs worked really well and he looked to improve for it.
“It’s obviously a big field so we should get the good gallop he loves too. He’s been running well all season he just hasn’t had the pace to aim at.
“I’m just praying the rain stays away as he loves it quick. That would be my only worry.”
Our man Matt Chapman gives you his best bet of the day, and a glimpse of the inside of his motor.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Punters have been champing at the bit this morning and these are the best backed horses with Paddy Power so far…
1.50 Cobh 2/1 from 9/4
2.25 Umm Kulthum 13/2 from 15/2
3.00 Lucky Vega 9/4 from 5/2
3.35 Tempus 5 from 6
The third and final day of the Cambridgeshire Meeting to enjoy this morning and it's a good'n.
The big handicap is at 3.35, with the Group 1 Cheveley Park and Group 1 Middle Park to warm us up.
We'll have all you need from Newmarket as well as updates from Haydock and the Curragh.
THAT'S A WRAP
The live ITV action has come to an end for the day so we are drawing stumps – probably a good thing for my betting balance!
Kameko was undoubtedly the highlight of the day, what a cracking horse and a great effort to defy his penalty under Oisin Murphy.
Check back again tomorrow as we will have all bases covered on Cambridgeshire Handicap day.
MILE HIGH CLUB
Kameko has just proved he is an out-and-out miler at HQ – and a top one at that.
Coral make him 6-1 from 10-1 for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day.
KAM THE MAN
Stunning effort from Kameko to give weight away and win the Joel Stakes!
He was briefly outpaced by stayed on strongly to lead in the closing stages, beating Regal Reality and Benbatl in a ding-dong finish. What a race.
3.35 Newmarket result
1st Kameko 85-40
2nd Regal Reality 17-2
3rd Benbatl 7-4f
Right, the big race of the day up next.
Benbatl, Kameko and Top Rank go head-to-head in a mouthwatering renewal of the Joel Stakes.
I couldn't tip a waiter today, but I reckon Benbatl will be tough to beat given his brilliant record fresh.
Thankfully, Templegate is in agreement!
Isabella Giles looks to have a very bright future and Clive Cox is excited for next season.
He said: “She could be the best chance we've had going into a 1000 Guineas.”
Paddy Power have halved her odds for the fillies' Classic, going 25s from 50s.
PILLAR TO POST
Isabella Giles is a filly going places and she has made virtually all the running to bag the Rockfel under a positive Adam Kirby ride.
She has quickened up around three furlongs out and had the other beaten off a long way out.
Monday was a bitter disappointment. She challenged for the lead in the early stages but threw the towel in once headed.
3.00 Newmarket result
1st Isabella Giles 11-5
2nd Nazuna 10-1
READY TO ROCK
Time for the first of our Group 2s with the two-year-old fillies set to tackle the Rockfel Stakes.
All eyes will be on the beautifully-bred Monday, who is the first offspring out of Group 1-winning mare Ballydoyle
She is a hot favourite and is the big-race fancy of Templegate, as well as yours truly.
Trainer Ralph Beckett has confirmed Antonia De Vega will be aimed at the Fillies & Mares Stakes on British Champions Day.
Betfair have cut her into 10-1 from 14s for the Ascot Group 1.
ROYAL KNEES UP
What a cracking servant Antonia De Vega has been, adding the Princess Royal Stakes to her haul.
A tough performance from Antonia De Vega who has quickened up best and had enough up her sleeve to repel the late thrust of Alpinista.
The front two have pulled miles clear of Sea Of Faith, with Katara a big disappointment back in fourth place.
2.25 Newmarket result
1st Antonia De Vega 16-5
2nd Alpinista 7-4f
A pity that there are a couple of non-runners in the upcoming Princess Royal Stakes, but the four runners left standing are classy mares in their own right.
Here's what Templegate thinks about the big Group 3…
“KATARA walloped her rivals to win a Listed contest on the July course last month despite traffic problems.
“That was just her fourth run so there’s plenty of improvement to come. She shapes like a stayer so softer ground should be fine.”
Sir Michael Stoute's runner has been well-backed into 2-1…
That was a fine ride up on the front-end by Andrea Atzeni.
There is a strong tailwind and it has proved pretty tricky making up ground from off the pace.
Paddy Power have trimmed Cloak Of Spirits into 14-1 (from 20) for the Sun Chariot next weekend. She'd have no chance there but each to their own.
THAT'S THE SPIRIT
Cloak Of Spirits, second in the 1000 Guineas back in June, gets her head back in front with a gutsy performance from the front.
She looked vulnerable at the furlong pole as Bounce The Blues delivered her challenge, but she lifted for pressure to win bravely.
1.50 Newmarket result
1st Cloak Of Spirits 4-1
2nd Bounce The Blues 10-3f
3rd Tomorrow's Dream 20-1