Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting ramps up on Friday, with Listed and Group races the highlights of an eight-race show.

My three tips for the card are all trained by John & Thady Gosden – including one who up until just a few weeks ago was my fancy for the Betfred St Leger.

Newmarket Tips

  • 14:25 – Sweet Memories @ 4/1
  • 15:35 – Mighty Ulysses @ 9/2
  • 17:20 – Lion’s Pride @ 2/1

14:25 – Sweet Memories @ 4/1

The first Group race on the card is the G3 Dubai Stakes, which sees 11 fillies & mares compete over 1m4f.

John & Thady Gosden’s Running Lion currently heads the betting for this Group 3 contest, but it’s her stablemate Sweet Memories that takes my fancy.

The Sea The Stars filly made an eye-catching debut in a warm novice race at Wolverhampton in December last year, before reappearing for her three-year-old season with victory over 1m2f at Newbury.

That’s decent form, but her subsequent Listed triumph over course and distance is the standout. Beating Sunset Point (rated 96), Climate Friendly (93) and Amusement (103) fairly comfortably leads me to believe this is a Group horse in the making.

With question marks about several of her rivals, many of whom have endured long, hard seasons, I’m hoping Sweet Memories can prove that theory and land the hat-trick under Frankie Dettori before a potential tilt at the Fillies & Mares on Champions Day at Ascot next month.

As this is an Extra Place Race, with four on offer at 1/5 odds, I wouldn’t put anyone off an each-way wager providing her price remains 5/1 or greater.

15:35 – Mighty Ulysses @ 9/2

Another Gosden inmate of interest at HQ on Friday is Mighty Ulysses – one of six runners for the G2 Dubai Joel Stakes.

The four-year-old was disappointing on his seasonal reappearance in the G2 Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot in July, but bounced straight back when dead-heating with the high-class Embesto in a Group 3 contest at Salisbury a month later.

Off the track since, he returns to course and distance of his career-best performance – when comfortably beating the now 120-rated Alflaila in July last year – and faces, in my opinion, vulnerable rivals.

Chindit is having his third run in quick succession, Maljoom is returning from a 472-day break and Mutasaabeq comes here on the back of two below-par efforts – and frankly I’d be a little underwhelmed if the selection can’t get the better of stablemate Epicetus and the eight-year-old Regal Reality (again).

17:20 – Lion’s Pride @ 2/1

John & Thady Gosden waited until the declaration stage to withdraw Lion’s Pride from the Betfred St Leger earlier this month, which with the benefit of hindsight was probably a good decision.

I wasn’t saying that at the time, for it put paid to my antepost ticket, but I’m hoping amends will be made in this Listed race over 1m4f.

The form of his fairly routine success at Kempton back in July has worked out wonderfully. Runner-up and stablemate Middle Earth won his next two starts, including the Melrose Handicap at York’s Ebor Festival, before disappointing in the Leger – while The Goat subsequently made a mockery of his opening mark of 81 when bolting up in a competitive handicap at Glorious Goodwood.

The selection returned from 100+ days off the track in a Listed race at Windsor last month, finding the re-opposing Candleford too good on the day. However, Gosden’s horse was entitled to need that run, is a couple of pounds better off at the weights and as a thrice-raced individual is open to stacks of improvement, so I’m expecting that form to be reversed.

Frankly, I’d be beyond disappointed if he couldn’t beat Imperial Quarter, Blanchland and Tregony, which leaves Charlie Appleby’s New London as the main danger. If on a going day, he sets a high standard, but I think a lot of Lion’s Pride and will be backing him accordingly.

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