Thirty-five runners will thunder down the Rowley Mile at 15.40 on Saturday afternoon in pursuit of the £99,600.00 first prize of the coveted bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap, the first leg of the ‘Autumn Double’, among them Alfarris and Seniority, both trained by William Haggas.
The highly popular trainer will be able to walk his horses to the track as he trains in Newmarket itself, and while he’s won so many of the top races in the sport, the Cambridgeshire Handicap has eluded him to date. This time he saddles Alfarris (10/1 with Paddy Power), and The Queen’s Seniority, a top priced 25/1 shot with William Hill. Alfarris is currently co-favourite of three alongside John Gosden’s Wissahickon, and David Barron’s Kyrnen.
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“They are a pair of good, solid older horses in good form, but it is always a competitive race and you will usually encounter a couple of blots on the handicap, so it is a tough one to win. You need to stay well to win the Cambridgeshire. Alfarris is fine over a mile and a quarter, while Seniority is a winner over one mile and three furlongs, so that is a plus for them.
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“We have won a few big handicaps over the years, but the Cambridgeshire is not one of them and it’s a race I’d like to add to my CV.”
Alfarris won a strongly contested 10 furlong handicap at Glorious Goodwood in late-July before finishing rune-rup last time over a similar trip in a hot York handicap off a 6lb higher mark. The Shamardal gelding has been raised a further 3lb to a career-high 104.
Seniority landed the Golden Mile at Glorious for Her Majesty, incurring a 6lb rise in his handicap mark. The son of Dubawi was only sixth behind Lord Glitters in the Group 3 Strensall Stakes at York time, but is thought likely to prefer the stronger pace of the big field at Newmarket in a nine-furlong race that is invariably run at a furious gallop.
Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.