Alan Jarvis is hoping his nine-furlong specialist Navajo Chief can make his love of that distance count in the Betfred Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on Saturday.
Cambridgeshire Antepost: Navajo Chief 33/1
The first leg of the ‘autumn double’ is one of the few races over that trip, but Navajo Chief has proved his effectiveness with victory over a mile and a furlong at York in June.
Kieren Fallon, who was in the saddle that day, is set to partner Burano for Brian Meehan, while Jarvis’ 5lb-claiming apprentice Michael Murphy has been pencilled in for King’s Warrior.
The Twyford trainer has snapped up Darryll Holland, who has yet to ride the five-year-old in public.
“He’s on course for the race and is in good form. Darryl Holland rides him as Kieren is on something else,” he said.
“Nine furlongs is his best trip. The ground doesn’t bother him. He’s won on firm, on heavy – the only thing he doesn’t like is sticky, dead ground.”
Murphy’s mount King’s Warrior has not run since winning the John Smith’s Cup at York in July. His rider that day was Rab Havlin, who believes Peter Chapple-Hyam’s charge has strong claims.
“You only have to look at the way he won the Magnet Cup. He went up 10lb for that race, so it’s quite right that Peter is claiming 5lb off him,” Havlin told At The Races.
“He’s got a big chance. He’s coming back a furlong but he needs a fast pace, which you always get in the Cambridgeshire. If he gets a good draw he should run well.
“He’s a different horse on soft ground.”