Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting concludes on Saturday, with a trio of two-year-old Group races building up to the big handicap at 15:40.

I’ve a couple of tips for those juvenile races, plus a 16/1 poke in the feature.

Newmarket Tips

  • 13:50 – Capulet @ 15/8
  • 15:00 – River Tiber @ 2/1
  • 15:40 – Terwada e/w (6 places) @ 16/1

13:50 – Capulet @ 15/8

For me, the Irish juveniles are a cut above the British this season. The Ballydoyle battalion, featuring the likes of City Of Troy and Diego Velazquez, is especially strong.

The latter was pushed all the way by Capulet in the G2 Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown earlier this month – a serious piece of form.

I think that’s easily the best on offer in Royal Lodge Stakes – a Group 2 contest for two-year-old colts & geldings – and he’s just as open to improvement as his eight rivals.

Charlie Appleby’s Aablan should relish stepping up to a mile so he looks the main danger, but ultimately I’m expecting this son of Justify to land the opener.

15:00 – River Tiber @ 2/1

Speaking of Aidan O’Brien’s stellar crop of juveniles, I’m taking River Tiber to reverse the Prix Morny form with Vandeek – and beat his other seven rivals too – in the G1 Middle Park Stakes.

I have great respect for Simon & Ed Crisford’s runner, but it was well reported that the selection, who for me was the leading juvenile at the time, had endured an interrupted preparation, hinting that better days were to come.

Considering that, I thought he ran a blinder at Deauville, coming from all the way out back to finish a staying-on third, beaten just over two lengths in the end.

With that under his belt and back on better ground, I think we’ll see a much-improved, hopefully winning performance from the son of Wootton Bassett.

15:40 – Terwada e/w (6 places) @ 16/1

Last but certainly not least, it’s the Cambridgeshire – the feature race of Newmarket’s three-day meeting. A mere 34 runners go to post for this Heritage Handicap over 1m1f, hoping to land the £103,080 prize. Straightforward, huh?

Harry & Roger Charlton’s Greek Order is a warm order and it would shock nobody were he to cross the line in front, but with so many runners and Betfred paying 6 places, I’m looking further down the betting.

The one I’ve landed on is Terwada for Ed Walker, with the brilliant Tom Marquand booked.

He’s made great strides this season, winning a good little handicap off a mark of 90 at HQ on his penultimate start before a disappointing return in a 19-runner affair at York’s Ebor Festival.

The selection had excuses that day, though. He was extremely keen from the off and given plenty to do from the back, but stayed on eye-catchingly past beaten horses and was hampered a furlong out, so I wouldn’t read much into it.

Dropped a pound and highly-likely to appreciate the extra distance, I’m hoping he can make amends for an in-form team.

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