2021 Cambridgeshire Meeting Schedule - Dates, cards and race previews for Newmarket this week
- We take a look through the schedule for the 2021 Cambridgeshire Meeting
- This three-day meeting kicks off at Newmarket on Thursday 23rd September
- The Cambridgeshire Handicap headlines day three of the meeting
- Two Group Ones will be on offer in the Middle Park and Cheveley Park Stakes too
Paul Hanagan riding Majestic Dawn (R, green) win The bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket Racecourse. (Getty)
All eyes will be on Newmarket this weekend, as British flat racing HQ stages their popular Cambridgeshire Meeting.
During this fantastic three-day meeting, a number of lucrative prizes will be handed out. The ITV Racing cameras will capture the best of the action on Friday and Saturday, with the historic Cambridgeshire Handicap headlining it's namesake meeting.
Let's take a look through the three cards, and preview the major races that punters can look forward to watching during this year's Cambridgeshire Meeting.
2021 Cambridgeshire Meeting Day One - Thursday 23rd September
|1:00pm||Maiden Stakes 1m|
|1:35pm||Nursery Handicap 1m|
|2:10pm||Fillies' Handicap 6f|
|2:45pm||Tattersalls Stakes (Registered As The Somerville Stakes) (Group 3) 7f|
|3:20pm||Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed Race) 2m|
|3:55pm||Newmarket Handicap 1m4f|
|4:30pm||Discover Newmarket Handicap 1m|
|5:05pm||Newmarket Challenge Whip Handicap 1m2f|
Day one of the Cambridgeshire Meeting kicks off with a couple of good-quality handicaps. Two-year-olds will then be given their chance to shine in the seven-furlong Tattersalls Stakes, where Andre Fabre's raider Trident will likely top the betting.
Stayers then take center-stage in the two-mile Rose Bowl Stakes. Max Vega and Roberto Escobarr will enter Listed company after decent runs in the Ebor, with Nayef Road and Morando also likely to take part.
2021 Cambridgeshire Meeting Day Two - Friday 24th September
|1:15pm||Maiden Stakes 7f|
|1:50pm||British EBF Rosemary Stakes (Listed Race) 1m|
|2:25pm||Princess Royal Stakes (Group 3) 1m4f|
|3:00pm||Rockfel Stakes (Group 2) 7f|
|3:35pm||Joel Stakes (Group 2) 1m|
|4:10pm||Godolphin Stakes (Listed Race) 1m4f|
|4:45pm||Home Of Racing Handicap 1m1f|
Friday's televised action at Newmarket opens with the Listed Rosemary Stakes, where William Haggas' My Astra will put her unbeaten record on the line. Albaflora then dominates the betting for the Group Three Princess Royal Stakes.
Next Up is the Rockfel Stakes, a Group Two for two-year-old fillies. Andrew Balding's Sweet Solera Stakes winner, Majestic Glory could clash with the unbeaten Jumbly, the once-raced Girl On Film and Ger Lyon's raider Juncture.
Older milers will then battle it out in the feature race on day two, the Joel Stakes. 2000 Guineas runner-up, Master Of The Seas makes his triumphant return. Fellow Godolphin flag-bearers Real World and Benbatl will provide the favourite with stern competition, with Megallen and Sir Busker also likely to feature in a quality renewal.
A classy field has also been entered in the Listed Godolphin Stakes, before the card on day two closes with the Home Of Racing Handicap.
2021 Cambridgeshire Meeting Day Three - Saturday 25th September
|1:15pm||Blandford Bloodstock Maiden Fillies' Stakes 7f|
|1:50pm||Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) 1m|
|2:25pm||Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1) 6f|
|3:00pm||Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) 6f|
|3:35pm||bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap (Heritage Handicap) 1m1f|
|4:10pm||British Stallion Studs EBF 'Jersey Lily' Fillies' Nursery Handicap 7f|
|4:40pm||Celebration Handicap 7f|
The third and final day at the Cambridgeshire Meeting kicks off in thrilling fashion, as a number of talented juveniles clash in the Royal Lodge Stakes. Denford Stakes winner, Masakela currently heads Acomb winner, Royal Patronage and Charlie Appleby's Coroebus in the Newmarket betting.
The first of two Group One races is up next, and Ger Lyon's Sacred Bridge looks the one to beat in this year's Cheveley Park Stakes. Sandrine and Zain Claudette look the best of the British Challenge, while Aidan O'Brien could thrust once-raced Tenebrism into the mix.
Juvenile Colts then take centre-stage in the historic Middle Park Stakes. Richard Fahey's emphatic Prix Morny winner, Perfect Power heads the betting. Ger Lyon's could be represented here too by Dr Zempf, while Asymmetric, Armor and Ebor River could fly the flag for the UK.
The curtain then comes down on this thrilling meeting with the Cambridgeshire Handicap. Last year's shock 40/1 winner, Majestic Dawn returns to try and defend his crown, but Paul and Oliver Cole's stable star will face fierce competition from John Gosden's Uncle Bryn, along with Anmaat, Astro King, Fantastic Fox and Irish Admiral.