Cambridgeshire Handicap

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Cambridgeshire Handicap
Handicap race
Location Rowley Mile
Newmarket, England
Inaugurated 1839
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Betfred
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance 1m 1f (1,811 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £160,000 (2016)
1st: £99,600
Cambridgeshire Handicap
2016
Dark green, pink braces, quartered cap Royal blue Royal blue, white cap
Spark Plug Carry On Deryck Very Talented

The Cambridgeshire Handicap is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 1 mile and 1 furlong (1,811 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late September.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1839, and the inaugural running was won by Lanercost. It was founded in the same year as another major handicap at Newmarket, the Cesarewitch. The two races came to be known as the Autumn Double.

The Cesarewitch initially took place before the Cambridgeshire, but the schedule was later reversed and the Cambridgeshire now precedes the other race by two weeks. Three horses completed the double in the 19th century — Rosebery (1876), Foxhall (1881) and Plaisanterie (1885) — but the feat has been rarely attempted since then.

The Cambridgeshire Handicap is currently held on the final day of Newmarket's three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Hackler's Pride – 1903, 1904
  • Christmas Daisy – 1909, 1910
  • Sterope – 1948, 1949
  • Prince de Galles – 1969, 1970
  • Baronet – 1978, 1980
  • Rambo's Hall – 1989, 1992
  • Bronze Angel - 2012, 2014

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Nat FlatmanVulcan (1841), Evenus (1844), Alarm (1845), Scherz (1854)
  • George FordhamLittle David (1853), Odd Trick (1857), See Saw (1868), Sabinus (1871)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • William DaySultan (1855), Weatherbound (1860), Catch 'em Alive (1863), Foxhall (1881)
  • Jeremy Glover – Balthus (1987), Rambo's Hall (1989, 1992), Clifton Fox (1996)
(note: the trainers of some of the early winners are unknown)

Winners since 1977[edit]

  • Weights given in stones and pounds.
Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer SP Time
1977 Sin Timon 3 8-03 Tony Kimberley Jeremy Hindley 1018 18/1
1978 Baronet 6 9-00 Brian Rouse John Benstead 1012 12/1
1979 Smartset 4 8-08 John Reid Fulke Johnson Houghton 1033 33/1
1980 Baronet 8 9-03 Brian Rouse John Benstead 1022 22/1
1981 Braughing 4 8-04 Steve Cauthen Clive Brittain 1050 50/1 1:52.00
1982 Century City 3 9-06 Joe Mercer Luca Cumani 1020 20/1
1983 Sagamore 4 7-08 Taffy Thomas Frankie Durr 1035 35/1
1984 Leysh 3 8-07 John Lowe Steve Norton 1033 33/1
1985 Tremblant 4 9-08 Pat Eddery Ron Smyth 1016 16/1
1986 Dallas [a] 3 9-06 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani 1010 10/1 1:45.94
1987 Balthus 4 8-01 Dean McKeown Jeremy Glover 1050 50/1 1:52.32
1988 Quinlan Terry 3 8-05 George Duffield Sir Mark Prescott 1011 11/1 1:51.33
1989 Rambo's Hall 4 8-06 Dean McKeown Jeremy Glover 1015 15/1 1:53.10
1990 Risen Moon 3 8-09 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills 1007 7/1 F 1:49.40
1991 Mellottie 6 9-01 John Lowe Mary Reveley 1010 10/1 1:49.24
1992 Rambo's Hall 7 9-03 Dean McKeown Jeremy Glover 1004.5 9/2 F 1:54.63
1993 Penny Drops 4 7-13 David Harrison Lord Huntingdon 1007 7/1 F 1:53.39
1994 Halling 3 8-08 Frankie Dettori John Gosden 1008 8/1 CF 1:52.01
1995 Cap Juluca 3 9-10 Richard Hughes Roger Charlton 1011 11/1 1:50.71
1996 Clifton Fox 4 8-02 Nigel Day Jeremy Glover 1014 14/1 1:48.54
1997 Pasternak 4 9-01 George Duffield Sir Mark Prescott 1004 4/1 F 1:49.43
1998 Lear Spear 3 7-13 Neil Pollard David Elsworth 1020 20/1 1:51.89
1999 She's Our Mare [b] 6 7-12 Franny Norton Tony Martin 1011 11/1 2:08.49
2000 Katy Nowaitee 4 8-08 John Reid Peter Harris 1006 6/1 1:51.05
2001 I Cried for You 6 8-06 Michael Fenton James Given 1033 33/1 1:52.91
2002 Beauchamp Pilot 4 9-05 Eddie Ahern Gerard Butler 1009 9/1 1:47.28
2003 Chivalry 4 8-01 George Duffield Sir Mark Prescott 1014 14/1 1:48.11
2004 Spanish Don 6 8-07 Liam Keniry David Elsworth 1100 100/1 1:49.80
2005 Blue Monday 4 9-03 Steve Drowne Roger Charlton 1005 5/1 F 1:51.49
2006 Formal Decree 3 8-09 Jamie Spencer Alan Swinbank 1009 9/1 1:52.79
2007 Pipedreamer 3 8-12 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 1005 5/1 F 1:49.81
2008 Tazeez 4 9-02 Richard Hills John Gosden 1025 25/1 1:47.66
2009 Supaseus 6 9-01 Travis Block Hughie Morrison 1016 16/1 1:47.48
2010 Credit Swap 5 8-07 Jim Crowley Michael Wigham 1014 14/1 1:53.87
2011 Prince of Johanne 5 8-09 John Fahy Tom Tate 1040 40/1 1:49.14
2012 Bronze Angel 3 8-08 William Buick Marcus Tregoning 1009 9/1 1:47.73
2013 Educate 4 9-09 Johnny Murtagh Ismail Mohammed 1008 8/1 F 1:51.05
2014 Bronze Angel 5 8-08 Louis Steward Marcus Tregoning 1014 14/1 1:48.68
2015 Third Time Lucky 3 8-04 Adam Beschizza Richard Fahey 1014 14/1 1:50.11
2016 Spark Plug 5 9-04 Jimmy Fortune Brian Meehan 1012 12/1 1:48.99

a b The 1986 and 1999 editions were held on Newmarket's July Course.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1839: Lanercost
  • 1840: Roscius
  • 1841: Vulcan
  • 1842: Ralph
  • 1843: Nat
  • 1844: Evenus
  • 1845: Alarm
  • 1846: Prior of St Margarets
  • 1847: The Widow
  • 1848: Dacia
  • 1849: Raby
  • 1850: Landgrave
  • 1851: Truth
  • 1852: Knight of the Shire
  • 1853: Little David
  • 1854: Scherz
  • 1855: Sultan
  • 1856: Malacca
  • 1857: Odd Trick
  • 1858: Eurydice
  • 1859: Red Eagle
  • 1860: Weatherbound
  • 1861: Palestro
  • 1862: Bathilde
  • 1863: Catch 'em Alive
  • 1864: Ackworth
  • 1865: Gardevisure
  • 1866: Actaea
  • 1867: Lozenge
  • 1868: See Saw
  • 1869: Vestminster
  • 1870: Adonis
  • 1871: Sabinus
  • 1872: Playfair
  • 1873: Montargis
  • 1874: Peut-etre
  • 1875: Sutton
  • 1876: Rosebery
  • 1877: Jongleur
  • 1878: Isonomy
  • 1879: La Merveille
  • 1880: Lucetta
  • 1881: Foxhall
  • 1882: Hackness
  • 1883: Bendigo
  • 1884: Florence
  • 1885: Plaisanterie
  • 1886: The Sailor Prince
  • 1887: Gloriation
  • 1888: Veracity
  • 1889: Laureate
  • 1890: Alicante
  • 1891: Comedy
  • 1892: La Fleche
  • 1893: Molly Morgan
  • 1894: Indian Queen
  • 1895: Marco
  • 1896: Winkfield's Pride
  • 1897: Comfrey
  • 1898: Georgic
  • 1899: Irish Ivy
  • 1900: Berrill
  • 1901: Watershed
  • 1902: Ballantrae
  • 1903: Hackler's Pride
  • 1904: Hackler's Pride
  • 1905: Velocity
  • 1906: Polymelus
  • 1907: Land League
  • 1908: Marcovil
  • 1909: Christmas Daisy
  • 1910: Christmas Daisy
  • 1911: Long Set
  • 1912: Adam Bede
  • 1913: Cantilever
  • 1914: Honeywood
  • 1915: Silver Tag
  • 1916: Eos
  • 1917: Brown Prince
  • 1918: Zinovia
  • 1919: Brigand
  • 1920: no race
  • 1921: Milenko
  • 1922: Re-echo
  • 1923: Verdict
  • 1924: Twelve Pointer
  • 1925: Masked Marvel
  • 1926: Insight
  • 1927: Medal / Niantic 1
  • 1928: Palais Royal
  • 1929: Double Life
  • 1930: The Pen
  • 1931: Disarmament
  • 1932: Pullover
  • 1933: Raymond
  • 1934: Wychwood Abbot
  • 1935: Commander
  • 1936: Dan Bulger
  • 1937: Artist's Prince
  • 1938: Helleniqua
  • 1939: i) Gyroscope, ii) Orichalque 2
  • 1940: Caxton 3
  • 1941: Rue de la Paix
  • 1942: no race
  • 1943: Quartier-Maitre
  • 1944: Hunsingore
  • 1945: Esquire
  • 1946: Sayani
  • 1947: Fairey Fulmar
  • 1948: Sterope
  • 1949: Sterope
  • 1950: Kelling
  • 1951: Fleeting Moment
  • 1952: Richer
  • 1953: Jupiter
  • 1954: Minstrel
  • 1955: Retrial
  • 1956: Loppylugs
  • 1957: Stephanotis
  • 1958: London Cry
  • 1959: Rexequus
  • 1960: Midsummer Night
  • 1961: Henry the Seventh / Violetta 4
  • 1962: Hidden Meaning
  • 1963: Commander in Chief
  • 1964: Hasty Cloud
  • 1965: Tarqogan
  • 1966: Dites
  • 1967: Lacquer
  • 1968: Emerilo
  • 1969: Prince de Galles
  • 1970: Prince de Galles
  • 1971: King Midas
  • 1972: Negus
  • 1973: Siliciana
  • 1974: Flying Nelly
  • 1975: Lottogift
  • 1976: Intermission

1 The 1927 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.
2 The 1939 event was split into two separate divisions.
3 The 1940 running took place at Nottingham.
4 The 1961 edition was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See also[edit]

References[edit]