John Gosden’s Nationalism looks the obvious choice when looking for the winner of the Cambridgeshire in a huge field of 35 runners.
Online betting sites are giving away free bets to customers signing up for new accounts and this is the sort of race a sensible gambler might prefer not risk much of his or her own money.
Certainly, Nationalism ticks all the right boxes; an in-form trainer who has won the race for the last two years, the jockey William Buick is in form and the horse is attempting a hat-trick after breezing to victory over the distance at Goodwood against some very decent horses.
The going won’t pose a problem for Nationalism and to make things look even better, the 3-year-old colt is due to rise 7lbs in the weights, so the 4lb penalty he carries puts him 3lb to the good over the handicapper’s rating.
The horses odds have come crashing down and by the morning of the race will be around the 5/1 mark, which given the size of the field, will have many players looking around for each-way betting options.
Gosden also saddles High Twelve, which was highly rated as a two-year-old and will come in for some interest.
Kieron Fallon rides the progressive Start Right for Luca Cumani and could figure id handling the ground.
Elliptical ran well over course and distance when beaten a head by Tartan Gingha back in May, earlier in the year and like the favourite will act on the going and is ahead of the handicapper, in Elliptical’s case by 4lbs.
Walter Swinburn’s Absinthe is another that will interest each-way players, winner of his last two races over 10 furlongs, the trip will be no problem but the opposition may be tough enough to deny him a hat-trick.
Stan James will be paying out on five places for Saturday’s Cambridgeshire and each-way punters are advised to have a look at the Gibraltar based bookmaker’s odds when considering a value bet.