THE BIG betting race of the weekend is the 31 runner Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket and I have two value selections picked out at 66-1 for that one.
I also have two further selections at Newmarket and one from Chester that really caught my eye.
This is a competitive 7 furlong handicap where they will vying for position on the tight course. A wide draw can be disastrous here and the inside draw is often a great advantage. GABRIEL THE TIGER has the plum draw in stall 1 so provided he gets out of the stalls sharpish he will have the upper hand. He won here last time out over 6 furlongs but is also a course and distance winner. He was out quickly to lead from the front from stall 8 last time so stall 1 should make things even easier. He looks a steal at 11-2 and could also be one for your each way multiples on a busy Saturday. Watch your bets here because Gabrial The Devil also runs in this race. It's the tiger we want to roar on.
Over at Newmarket our first tip is LIVING IN THE PAST in the Cheveley Park Stakes over a straight 6 furlongs. Our old friend Raffle Prize is the 5-4 favourite and regular followers will remember that she won at Royal Ascot for us at 18-1. Today's price is less appealing although she is rightly the favourite. Living the Past is improving with each run and I can see her stepping up again to this level today. I think her excellent Group 2 win last time out isn't being given enough credit and she looks the value bet to me at the moment at a double figure price.
What a race this is going to be. Unbeaten Irish group race winner Siskin meets unbeaten French group race winner Earthlight with the most visually stunning performer of the year Mum's Tipple thrown in for good measure. I think the winner will come from those three but Threat might be capable of an upset too having won a group 2 nicely at Goodwood last time. The winner for me though is MUM'S TIPPLE who hosed up at York in a valuable sales race. Whilst the 20 opponents that day weren't all top class some of them were, he gave them all weight and he won by the most incredible margin. I want to believe my eyes and I hope he can be a wonder horse. If it was as good as it looked he should be nearer even money for this race so 5-2 might look like a steal come 3.10pm in the afternoon. Let's hope we get a real treat.
A 31 runner handicap race here which admittedly needs a big slice of luck and tons of ability to win. I allow myself to throw a few darts in a race like this and I have settled on two although horses like Dark Vision, Chance and Another Touch were all on the short list. My first selection though is the consistent AL JALLABY who has more often been spotted on the all weather this summer but is equally adept on turf. He likes to get on with things and tends to race prominently which should suit in this race and he has William Cox taking a valuable 3lb of weight off today. He isn't wonderfully well handicapped but 66-1 is too big and with 7 places available from various bookmakers he is worth a small each way.
My second pick for the race is another 66-1 poke in the shape of YOU'RE HIRED who is another consistent sort. He has been running into the frame in most of his recent starts and this 9 furlong trip today with a strong pace should suit nicely. His jockey Martin Dwyer had a nice winner on Friday with a clever ride so his confidence should have taken a boost.