John Gosden’s horses have been in terrific form this season in both handicaps and pattern races, and recent increased support on Bet Victor for his Camborne suggests that the Newmarket-based handler’s colt is set to run a big race in the feature Betfred Ebor Handicap on August 25, writes Elliot Slater.
The son of Doyen went into plenty of notebooks when hacking up by seven lengths at Doncaster in June, (beating Battery Power), after which he was raised 13lbs by the handicapper to a mark of 97.
Despite going up the weights by the best part of a stone, the four-year-old proved he was still ahead of his official mark in landing the ultra-competitive Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot a few weeks later.
He came from a long way off the pace with a perfectly timed run under William Buick to beat Hammerfest by a comfortable two-and-a-half lengths.
The runner-up has subsequently gone on to frank the form, (and is also fancied to put up a bold show in the Ebor), finishing a decent third in listed company at Deauville, earlier this month.
With that in mind, and the Gosden horses continuing to maintain their form particularly well in what is turning out to be a stellar season for the popular trainer, punters appear to have decided that despite a further rise to a mark of 106, Camborne would well be the one they all have to beat in the showcase staying handicap.
Sustained interest in the ante-post market has seen much of the 10/1 on offer recently dry up with many firms going just 8/1 about Camborne, making him second-favourite behind the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Glorious Goodwood winner, Motivado, for a race that, as always, is keenly awaited by racing fans and punters alike.
The Bet Victor horse racing news website has more on Camborne, as well as the line-up for the upcoming St. Leger contest.