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Horse play | Newmarket flat racing guide

This week in the UK, the top horse racing comes from Newmarket – with many of the world's top horses pencilled in for races. Who will you put your money on?

Newmarket flat racing guide 2020

Horse racing fans can look forward to some top races at Newmarket this week. The three-day meeting starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday with an ultra-competitive handicap and the Cambridgeshire handicap.

Many top horses have been pencilled in for races across this meeting and for others it will be a preparation race before Champions Day at Ascot next month.

The action will include Nursey handicap with Lost in Space favourite at 9/2 to land the spoils. However, before final declarations are confirmed other runners likely to challenge include Last Sunset at 11/2 and the one that could go well at a slightly bigger odds is Dubai Honour at 13/2. Full horse racing odds at SBR.

Another race to mention on Thursday is the Rose Bowl Stakes and the favourite to get over the finishing line first is Mildenberger who is 5/4 favourite. With some consistent performances this year, the horse can find a way to win.

Close second favourite for the race is Withhold who is currently 2/1. Withhold is trained by Roger Charlton and has six wins from nineteen starts and a notable win came at Newmarket in August over one mile six furlongs so having course form could well be the difference. Withhold actually has a 100% record when running at Newmarket with three wins and it wouldn’t be surprising if another win came this week.

Finally on Thursday, another race that is sure to be tough to pick a winner is the Tattersalls Stakes. Favourites for the race are Cobh at 6/4 and La Barrosa at 7/4. These two horses are likely to battle it out for the win as have the most impressive form coming into the race.

The Shadwell Joel Stakes is the main race on Friday from Newmarket and this is likely to see the 2000 Guineas winner Kameko run in it. Andrew Balding’s three year old horse started the season on fire with a ‘Classic’ win in the 2000 Guineas and the expectation was huge following that win. Kameko then went onto the Epsom Derby, but could only finish fourth in the race .Subsequent follow up races at Goodwood and York haven’t seen the best of Kameko so hopefully for Owner and Trainer a return to Newmarket can do the trick. Kameko is joint 4/1 favourite for the race and it would be good for the horse to get back in the winners enclosure.

Kameko is joined at the top of the market by Benbatl is looking to win back to back races after landing this race 12 months ago. Runs since have mainly been in UAE, so will return fresh to have a go at landing this race in style. Not being on a course in the UK for almost a year could be a concern, but knowing the course and distance isn’t a problem, Benbatl is likely to challenge.

Another race which will be competitive on Friday is Princess Royal Muhaarar Stakes where the current favourite is Alpinsta at 5/2. This consistent performer will likely relish the ground and take all the beating. Antonia de Vega is another horse likely to go well in the race and at slightly bigger odds at 7/2, could be the one to side with.

The main race from Newmarket on Saturday is the ultra-competitive Cambridgeshire Handicap. Many horses will fancy their chances here but the draw is very important for the horse to navigate a good run and end up first. Tempus is one of the favourites at 8/1, but a horse at bigger odds which catches the eye is Sir Busker at 14/1. This horse has run well this season and a highlight win came at Royal Ascot winning the Silver Cup.

One further horse to mention is Montatham. Five wins from ten starts is a superb return and William Haggas will fancy his chances of another big handicap win. This season wins have come at Newmarket, York and Sandown so course form is big here and the horse has a big chance.