Carry On Deryck, Very Talented and Linguistic line up in one of the UK’s most historic heritage handicaps, the Cambridgeshire, on day three of Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting, Saturday, September 30.
Both Carry On Deryck and Very Talented make a second appearance in the fiercely competitive nine-furlong contest, having filled the runner-up spot and third respectively 12 months ago.
Five-year-old Carry On Deryck (Saeed bin Suroor/David Egan) drops back down to handicap company following three starts in Pattern races, including an excellent second in the G3 Darley Stakes, run over the same course and distance as the Cambridgeshire in October.
The son of Halling has top-weight of 9st 10lbs, slightly alleviated by David Egan’s 3lb claim, and is drawn six of the 35 runners.
Very Talented (Saeed bin Suroor/Pat Smullen, 8st 13lbs, drawn 12) has his first outing since last year’s Cambridgeshire and the four-year-old colt has been restricted to six starts in all, including an impressive maiden success at Doncaster in September, 2015.
Saeed bin Suroor commented: “Carry On Deryck is doing well. He was second last year and has gone on to run good races at Group level. This is the right race for him in terms of trip and course and we are looking for another good result from him.
“Very Talented physically looks much better compared to last year. This will be his first start for a year but he has been working well and is ready to go.”
Four-year-old Linguistic (John Gosden/James Doyle, 9st 3lbs, drawn five), a valuable sales race winner at Newmarket in April, 2016, also returns from a break having gone down by a neck in the Listed Magnolia Stakes over 10 furlongs on Polytrack at Kempton Park in March.