bet365 Cambridgeshire
Heritage Handicap, Newmarket 15:40
£200,000 guaranteed,
3yo plus,
1m 1f, Class 2    
Saturday 30th September 2023

FormRatings

1 Astro King 20/1
2 Greek Order 5/2F
3 Bopedro 16/1
4 Oviedo 12/1
4 Majestic 14/1
34 ran NR: Botas Distances: ½l, ½l, hd
Time: 1m 49.76s (slow by 0.76s)

Top weight Astro King got the better of the well-backed favourite Greek Order for a remarkable win.

The six-year-old has proved a shrewd buy for the Daniel and Claire Kubler team having landed a valuable pot at the Sky Bet Ebor Festival last time.

But this was his finest hour as he came through inside the final furlong and dug deep to fend off the market leader by a neck.

Bopero, Oviedo and Majestic all hit the frame but the principals had this between them through the closing stages.

Astro King was carrying the highest weight (9st 12lb) to victory in the Cambridgeshire's 184-year history.

Daniel Kubler said: “We didn’t pay a fortune for him, and you always buy hoping you can win races like this. It doesn’t work very often but it has worked very well with him. After the John Smith’s Cup the race back at York was the obvious target and how he ran there was going to dictate where we went next. 

“William (Buick) said he might get a mile and a half and we considered it, but when we looked at all the options and you looked at this and you thought they will go a massive gallop and you need to get a mile and a quarter and the prizemoney is huge there is only one Cambridgeshire and what was the alternative. We will have to go into Stakes company now. He could have run in a Listed race but they are worth fifty or sixty thousand (pounds), but this is worth one hundred thousand pounds to the winner. 

“This is massive for the team as they all work really hard. Everyone wants to compete at the highest levels and to win a big handicap like this hopefully now everyone is looking forward to the next step. 

“We’ve got some nice horses and we have had a good season, but it means a bit to be winning on the biggest stages. It is special for them. Mr (Nick) Luck must be able to see around corners as he booked us for Luck On Sunday tomorrow!” 

Regarding future plans an outing in the Bahrain International Trophy on November 17th could be next up for Astro King. 

Kubler continued: “You hope something like this goes well but hopefully he might be rated high enough to go out there. It will be fast ground over 10 furlongs and it is a massive prize. The horse owes nobody anything so you may as well have a go and see what happens. He is six years old so there is no point saving him for next season. You may as well enjoy him. We will seriously consider it.”

BetZone

bet365 Cambridgeshire
£200,000 guaranteed, 3yo plus, 1m 1f, Class 2
34 ran
Going: Good to Firm

POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (35)     Astro King 6 9-12 Daniel & Claire Kubler Richard Kingscote 20/1
2 (25)
½ Greek Order 3 8-9 Harry & Roger Charlton Oisin Murphy 5/2F
3 (28)
½ Bopedro 7 9-7 David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope 16/1
4 (1)
hd Oviedo 3 9-3 Edward Bethell Callum Rodriguez 12/1
5 (29)
dht Majestic 5 8-8 Jack Channon Benoit De La Sayette 14/1
6 (4)
¾ Dutch Decoy 6 8-12 Charlie Johnston Neil Callan 25/1
7 (8)
¾ Thunder Ball 3 8-9 Paul & Oliver Cole Mohammed Tabti 80/1
8 (32)
½ Haunted Dream 4 9-7 Ed Dunlop Morgan Cole 20/1
9 (27)
nk Carolus Magnus 5 8-4 Michael & David Easterby James Sullivan 50/1
10 (16)
shd Dual Identity 5 9-0 William Knight Marco Ghiani 22/1
11 (7)
shd Geremia 5 8-3 Jim Goldie George Rooke 100/1
12 (13)
nk Faylaq 7 8-5 Jim Goldie William Pyle 50/1
13 (21)
nk Thundering 4 8-5 4ex Kevin Ryan Jimmy Quinn 80/1
14 (20)
nk Zozimus 5 8-3 David O'Meara Aiden Brookes 33/1
15 (3)
hd Graignes 7 8-11 George Baker Charles Bishop 80/1
16 (31)
hd Crack Shot 3 8-2 Ed Walker Georgia Dobie 16/1
17 (9)
hd Stay Well 5 8-12 Hughie Morrison Kieran Shoemark 66/1
18 (30)
Arqoob 5 8-9 William Jarvis Kaiya Fraser 50/1
19 (15)
¾ Saga 4 9-11 John & Thady Gosden Ryan Moore 11/1
20 (11)
Storm Catcher 5 8-10 Simon Pearce Shane Foley 66/1
21 (2)
½ Bluelight Bay 3 8-7 Eve Johnson Houghton Saffie Osborne 80/1
22 (5)
½ Epic Poet 4 9-6 Freddie & Martyn Meade George Wood 100/1
23 (12)
¾ Killybegs Warrior 3 9-3 Charlie Johnston James Doyle 22/1
24 (24)
½ Eagle's Way 4 9-4 Sir Mark Prescott Bt Luke Morris 28/1
25 (26)
hd Eilean Dubh 5 9-0 K R Burke Jack Kearney 66/1
26 (17)
nk Sayf Al Dawla 5 8-2 Peter Chapple-Hyam 80/1
27 (14)
hd Tyrrhenian Sea 5 9-10 Roger Varian Aidan Keeley 66/1
28 (22)
¾ Liberty Lane 3 9-1 4ex K R Burke Clifford Lee 10/1
29 (10)
Wildfell 3 8-2 Peter Chapple-Hyam J F Egan 100/1
30 (18)
¾ Paradias 4 9-0 Alan King Rossa Ryan 33/1
31 (19)
½ Terwada 3 8-9 Ed Walker Tom Marquand 25/1
32 (23)
nse Major Partnership 8 9-7 Saeed bin Suroor Pat Dobbs 80/1
33 (34)
16 Merlin The Wizard 3 8-10 Harry & Roger Charlton William Buick 8/1
34 (6)
11 Akhu Najla 4 9-1 Roger Varian David Egan 50/1
NR 35 (33) Botas 5 8-2 Jim Boyle NON RUNNER

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