The Cambridgeshire Handicap
is a flat horse race
in Great Britain
which is open to thoroughbreds
aged three years or older. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket
over a distance of 1 mile and 1 furlong (1,811 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late September or early October.
The event was established in 1839, and the inaugural running was won by Lanercost. It was founded in the same year as another major handicap
at Newmarket, the Cesarewitch
. The two races came to be known as the "Autumn Double".
The Cesarewitch initially took place before the Cambridgeshire, but the schedule was later reversed and the Cambridgeshire now precedes the other race by two weeks. Three horses completed the double in the 19th century — Rosebery (1876), Foxhall (1881) and Plaisanterie
(1885) — but since then the feat has been rarely attempted.
The Cambridgeshire Handicap is usually contested by a large field, and the maximum number of runners is currently 35. The event is held on the final day of Newmarket's three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting.
- Note: The trainers of some of the early winners are unknown.
Most successful horse (2 wins):
- Hackler's Pride – 1903, 1904
- Christmas Daisy – 1909, 1910
- Sterope – 1948, 1949
- Prince de Galles – 1969, 1970
- Baronet – 1978, 1980
- Rambo's Hall – 1989, 1992
Leading jockey (4 wins):
- Nat Flatman – Vulcan (1841), Evenus (1844), Alarm (1845), Scherz......