Dave Nevison's top tips for Saturday: It all points to Tempus in the Cambridgeshire

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Fri 25 Sep 2020

Fresh from a 17-2 winner on Friday, Racing TV's top tipster believes his selection in the Cambridgeshire "could easily be thrown in" and has three other fancies for the racing action at Newmarket and Haydock.

2.40 Haydock: Came From The Dark at 7-2 with Ladbrokes

Has only had two runs this season after a successful 2019 and it was a worry that he finished down the field on his reappearance following an 11-month absence.

However, he ran possibly his best race next time out and it now looks very possible he might well be an improved sprinter this autumn.

Haydock could well be the place he shows that improvement too because he scored twice here last season, including when winning by three and a half lengths for the second victory.

Softer ground would be ideal, but rainfall can never be ruled out at this track. This race looks set to be run at a very strong pace which will suit Came From The Dark, and as well as the weight pull, it should enable him to turn the tables on Count D’Orsay who beat him half a length last time out.

James Doyle has been in brilliant form operating at a strike-rate of 32 per cent in the past fortnight and is back on board for the first time since his debut.

3.10 Haydock: Quick Look at a general 8-1

Things have not gone brilliantly in recent races for this sprinter, but the booking of Danny Tudhope catches the eye here.

There have been reasonable excuses for each of his runs this season and though hold-up sprinters will always test the resolve of their backers, this one usually does come good eventually.

He has been on the wrong side, met trouble in running and his jockey has lost his whip already this season, so he deserves a bit of luck and is now just 2lb higher than his latest win.

Soft ground is ideal, and a good pace will obviously help his way through traffic in the closing stages.

He has been well backed and gone off favourite for all four of his wins for Mick Easterby, so I certainly know how I am going to play this one.

3.35 Newmarket: Tempus at a general 6-1

The Cambridgeshire is a changed race since the start of this century and is no longer one for the pin-stickers hoping to get a life-changing, massive-priced winner.

It has become more of a stepping stone for lightly-raced types before they start next season in Group events. There have only been three shocks in the past 20 years and backing the favourite blind at SP would have yielded a significant profit.

The only thing unusual about this year’s favourite is that he is trained by Roger Charlton, and not John Gosden, but there is no doubting the horse’s profile.

Only six runs over three seasons have yielded four wins and he has won both his starts this term in impressive style. He has only gone up 4lb for the latest success and off 97, he is still way below the mark of his talented half-brother Time Test, and could easily be thrown in here.

Ground conditions suit him perfectly, and his running style suggests he will improve for the step up in trip. We got on the gamble early last year as the move came on the morning, but bookies have been on to this one.

However, I think he could still be value at 6-1 and is worth siding with.

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