Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 18:05 26/09/2013
Man of the moment Oisin Murphy, fresh from an Ayr four-timer last weekend which included Gold Cup winner Highland Colori, can add another major handicap to an already impressive cv by taking Saturday's Betfred Cambridgeshire at Newmarket for trainer George Baker on Jack's Revenge. The 5-year-old just managed to scrape into the 35-runner Heritage Handicap at number 33 and the son of Footstepsinthesand deserves his big day as the gelding has been a model of consistency all season.
A number of creditable efforts in 2012 included 8th place in last year's Cambridgeshire behind Bronze Angel, beaten a little under five length and is now 8lb better off with that rival ( 13lb including Murphy's valuable claim ) while this season started with a close fifth in the William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster prior to a respectable eighth of twenty seven in Royal Ascot's Buckingham Palace Stakes over an inadequate seven furlongs.
Although a well-beaten second behind strongly-fancied fellow rival Ascription at Glorious Goodwood Jack's Revenge meets that horse on a stone better terms including Murphy's claim and at the 20-1 available with several firms including the sponsor rates a decent each-way bet in what is once again a wide-open affair. Off 8st 13lb there is no doubt that Top Notch Tonto is extremely attractively weighted but ground conditions are unlikely to be to the 3-year-old's liking and trainer Brian Ellison has previously stated that he would prefer not to run the horse should the ground be on the firm side, which looks more than likely at this stage.
Trainer William Haggas hold a strong hand in the historic handicap and it would be no surprise if John Smith's Cup winnner Danchai proved best over a course that clearly suits and rates a decent alternative at the general 25-1 on offer but Jack's Revenge and Oisin Murphy are taken to come out on top in one of the most competitive races of the season.Recommendation: Jacks Revenge 20/1 E/W (Boylesports, Sportingbet, Betfred)