‘He’s going to have a big race’ – coaches on their hopes in Cambridgeshire | horse racing news

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Sandown champion Sandown winner is one of Cambridgeshire’s two great hopes for William Haggas

Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)

Written by David Carr

Saturday: 3.40 Newmarket
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There is more to life than just the first set of championship-chasing coach William Haggas.

He still takes pleasure in raising traditional big handicaps and has won most of them, from the Lincoln and Victoria Cup in the spring to the Air Gold Cup and November Handicap in the fall, plus many other players in between.

It was Cambridgeshire who eluded him, despite numerous attempts – he could only run fifth with future Eclipse Stakes winner Mukhadram and have taken just two places from 16 runners in the past 10 years.

But this just prompted him to redouble his efforts and Haggas has both favorites today – he could be forgiven if he thought that if he didn’t win it this time he never would.

Mojtaba has led the bets since he impressively scored in a tongue tie for the first time at Saint-Leger. 7 pounds were put in by the hand stylist for a great Doncaster win, which means he’s under a 4 pound penalty here.

“He won really well in Doncaster, he came out of that great and he has all the chances,” Shadwell’s assistant racing director Richard Hills said. “They gallop there really well and the track and the strong speed will fit in. You need a horse that stays more than a mile.”

The stable protagonist was more than spring in the market, buoyed by double-digit odds a week ago.

The gambler has clearly shone to the progressive level he’s shown in just three games since joining the Haggas from Jessica Harrington, winning the last two times and hinting he’d better come.

He will be riding by Tom Marquand, who said: “He just got up the line in Doncaster and then improved on that with a really good win at Sandown.

“He has to be the very progressive type to win Cambridgeshire but he certainly doesn’t lack ability and hopefully he continues to improve and hasn’t found his mark yet.”


He has the right profile.

It takes a three-year-old to win a Cambridgeshire race, or even come close to it, and former Derby competitor Savvy Victory has always been seen as a first-class horse.

Beating the seniors here is no easy task, and the last two classic-generation winners went on to sign up for the Group company, as did last season’s runners-up Anmaat.

This is a possible future for Savvy Victory, who thought well enough at the start of the year to go on trial for Epsom at Chester Vase.

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Sean Woods: ‘He’s good about himself and in really good shape’

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Although he couldn’t match Changingoftheguard and New London there, the colt showed coach Sean Woods was right to believe in him since he turned handicap, dropping in Doncaster to the Protagonist, who reopened here on worse terms 4lb, then won with Power at Goodwood.

Savvy Victory drew well at 2 pounds under a 4-pound penalty and Woods said: “He’s good on himself and he’s in really good shape. He entered the race with a nice win, although he could have done it with more rain.

“He has the right profile and shows us enough speed to suggest he’d be fine on a nine furlong.”


what are they saying

Marcos Trigoning, Peru coach
He has been making money in the listed and group races but this will suit him better because he will get the strong speed he needs.

Charlie Fellowes, My Achievement Coach
The more rain the better. He didn’t stay a mile and a half in Windsor last time and this ruthless mile would suit him well. He’s doing really well on the track and I think there is still more to come.

Alistair Donald, Racing Director of King Power Racing, and owners of Notre Belle Bete and Kitsune Power
Kitsune Power gives a good glimpse into the race and arguably should have won five races this term because he was not so lucky at both Goodwood and Newmarket. Provided the ground remains good, he should run a good race because his form is strong. Notre Belle Bete will beat his odds if there are some pieces in the ground because he’s been underperforming lately.

Georges Bougui, Totally Charming coach
He’ll need more rain to be very competitive, but he’s a good, fresh horse and has plenty of time with this race in mind. It is in very good condition.

William Jarvis shank coach
He’s an interesting contender and can outsmart his odds. Its shape is associated with heroism and dual identity and would be suited to the strong pace.

William Knight, Dual Identity Coach
It’s in really good shape and I’m excited to be driving it. I saw an improvement in him at home in the second half of the season. If there is a little juice in the ground, he will run a big race.

Ed Walker, Carradoc’s coach
He’s at a good mark and this nine-gallon run should be perfect, but he’s not getting any younger.


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First published at 4:00 PM on September 23, 2022