Newmarket 4.10 (Cambridgeshire) tips – Owl punt looks a wise move

Newmarket 4.10 (Cambridgeshire) tips - Owl punt looks a wise move

Knight Owl

Knight Owl

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Betting Tip: Knight Owl @ 18/1 with bet365

The Cambridgeshire has always had its fair share of specialists and last year’s winner Third Time Lucky, a general 9/1 favourite, should make a bold bid to retain his crown, although he’d be the first back-to-back winner since Prince Des Galles in 1970. Bronze Angel is another horse to have shown himself perfectly suited to the unique demands of this race, winning it twice (2012 & 2014), one of six horses to achieve that feat, but the handicapper isn’t showing him much respite at the age of seven and that comment also applies to 2013 winner Educate.

There are better treated runners in the field for sure and they include another course and distance winner, the James Fanshawe-trained KNIGHT OWL. He’s a six-year-old with 29 starts under his belt, but it usually pays to concentrate on those with higher mileage and definitely with plenty of handicap experience. He has that in spades and what’s really to like is that he has looked as good as ever in three runs this term and, indeed, posted a career-best when just failing to hold off Treasury Notes in a highly competitive handicap at Ripon last time. He’s running off the same mark this afternoon and is just 4lb higher than when scoring over track and trip in April, which took his record in handicaps in the Rowley Mile to 431. With regular pilot George Wood claiming 5lb off his back, he appears to have plenty going for him and he’ll be carrying the bulk of my each-way money at bet365’s 18/1 with five places up for grabs.

At the same time it’s hard to resist having a little each-way on Mick Appleby’s BANCNUANAHEIRANN at a massive 50/1 with BetVictor, who also go five places. He’s another course and distance winner – spot the theme – with his success coming in the 2013 Silver Cambridgeshire. Yes, that was three years ago but he looked as good as ever when winning back-to-back races at Chelmsford last autumn off higher marks and, having been campaigned at Meydan in the spring, he was beaten only a length into fourth on his return to action at Ascot in August. This race has long been his target according to his trainer, who reported him to be in “great form” in a recent Stable Tour and sent out Mithqaal to land Friday’s consolation race at 14/1.

Betting Tip: Knight Owl @ 18/1 with bet365

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