Duchess of Cambridge Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Newmarket, 13 July 2018
Newmarket’s July meeting is one of the most anticipated flat events of the summer months. The highlight of the second day is this contest for the flying juvenile fillies. Read on for the best odds and racing offers, as well as our betting tips for the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.
First run at Newmarket in 1947, this 6f Group 2 contest is restricted to two year old fillies and now offers £80,000 in total prize money. Along with the Princess of Wales’s Stakes, it is one of the major highlights of this summer meeting.
Duchess of Cambridge Stakes Stakes Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Duchess of Cambridge Stakes Betting Offers, Free Bets and Enhanced Odds Offers
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Betting Tips and Race Preview
The Duchess of Cambridge Stakes is one of a few chances that two-year-olds have to shine at Newmarket’s three day July Meeting. Open only to juvenile fillies, this is a Group 2 race run over six furlongs and includes some a number of promising types. The betting markets paint the picture of a race that is tough to all and while that presents challenges for punters, it also presents opportunities.
Main Edition to Continue Charge Towards 1000 Guineas
Bet365 are the sponsors of a number of races at the Newmarket July Meeting including the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes. Perhaps because they are sponsors, Bet365 are also top price about the favourite, Main Edition, and the 3/1 they’re quoting could prove to be too big to ignore.
Mark Johnston’s filly is perfect from her three starts to date. Each of those wins have come over six furlongs but they’ve been on varying ground which suggests that she may have something special. Some punters have already seen enough to back Main Edition in the ante post market for next year’s 1000 Guineas and she could be about to be cut in price for the first Classic of 2019 by securing a fourth straight win.
As well as possessing impressive pace, Main Edition showed her tenacious side last time out when clinging on to win the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. She has more than enough to suggest that she’ll take the step up to Group 2 level in her stride.
Just Wonderful Can Get Back on Track
Aidan O’Brien horses tend to improve significantly from their first to second races. That made the performance of Just Wonderful in the Albany Stakes all the more head scratching. Neither O’Brien nor the vet could find a viable reason as to why she finished towards the back of the pack at Ascot after winning on debut at the Curragh.
The only thing you can say in Just Wonderful’s defence is that she seemed to be hampered by traffic in what was a very hectic 18 runner race. Two-year-olds are also often unpredictable so don’t rule out a return to form from Just Wonderful. She is, after all, an exceptionally well bred filly who shrewd punters have been excited about for a while. At the very least Just Wonderful is surely a good price for an each way bet at 8/1 with Betfred.
Come On Leicester Interests at a Health Price
You won’t win any prizes for guessing the owner of Come On Leicester. King Power Racing are also owners of Leicester City and they’ve been working hard to build a string of top quality horses capable of matching the Foxes by claiming the biggest prizes on the flat.
Come On Leicester is one of the young horses about whom King Power Racing are confident and the early signs have been good. She’s won once and claimed two places in four starts and although this is a step up in class and trip, her chances of a place should be respected at 20/1 with Bet365.
Recent Race Winners
- 2017 – Clemmie – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2016 – Roly Poly – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2015 – Illuminate – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon Jr.
- 2014 – Arabian Queen – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer David Elsworth
- 2013 – Lucky Kristale – jockey Tom Queally, trainer George Margason
- 2012 – Sendmylovetorose – jockey Colm O’Donoghue, trainer Andrew Oliver
- 2011 – Gamilati – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni
- 2010 – Memory – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon Sr.
- 2009 – Misheer – jockey Neil Callan, trainer Clive Brittain
- 2008 – Please Sing – jockey Edward Creighton, trainer Mick Channon
- 2007 – You’resothrilling – jockey Michael Kinane, trainer Aidan O’Brien
Duchess of Cambridge Stakes History, Top Trainers and Leading Jockeys
This contest was first run in 1947 and until 2013 went by the name of the Cherry Hinton Stakes. The Cherry Hinton of this title referred to an area in the nearby city of Cambridge. One of the most pre-eminent contests of the season for the two year old fillies, the race was given its current moniker to honour our current Duchess of Cambridge. Initially it was classed as a Group 3 contest in 1971. It took 25 years until the event attained its current Group 2 status in 1996.
A horse by the name of Great Fun won the inaugural edition, but the best of the early winners came in 1960. Sweet Solera went on to take both the 1000 Guineas and The Oaks in her three year old campaign. Her performances that season made her the top rated three year old in Europe that season. The Sweet Solera Stakes is now run in her honour at this track in August. 1972 heroine, Mysterious, is the only other winner to go on to double Classic success.
Two of the smartest winners in more recent times are Clive Brittain’s 1992 heroine, Sayyedati – who went on to take the 1000 Guineas and Sussex Stakes – and Mark Johnston’s hugely popular splay-legged runner, Attraction. In addition to taking this race in 2003, Attraction won both the English and Irish 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes (Coronation Stakes tips and offers) in an excellent career.
Jockey and Trainer Stats
We have two “Sirs” sharing the lead amongst the trainers here. More famed for his success with older performers, Sir Michael Stoute has nevertheless racked up four wins in this contest. As has – he of Frankel fame – the late, great, Sir Henry Cecil. Renowned for having the Midas touch with fillies, it is no surprise to see Sir Henry taking high rank.
The lead in the jockey’s ranks belongs to another legend of the game who is sadly no longer with us. Walter Swinburn combined with Sir Michael Stoute for many a famous success over the years and partnered three of his winners in this race. With two further wins to his name, “the choirboy” amassed five victories in all to lead the way here.