In third place in last season's Cambridgeshire Handicap (behind the reopposing Majestic) was Dual Identity, who crossed the line just a nose behind Bell Rock with a clear two-length gap back to the best of the rest, with today's favourite, Jimi Hendrix finishing back in midfield. Given the make-up of that race, Dual Identity's performance needs marking up significantly because the field split into two groups, with the advantage very much lying with the bigger near-side group. Of the first nine home in the Cambridgeshire, eight raced down the near side with Dual Identity being the only runner in the first nine home to have raced down the unfavoured far side. Dual Identity's only other run on this course came in October last year, when he finished third of eight behind one of today's main rivals, Turntable, in a moderately-run 10-furlong handicap on good-to-soft ground.
He was sent off as a short-priced favourite but the slower pace over the extra furlong, on softer ground than he cares for, went against him and he will be far better-suited to today's big-field nine-furlong contest on better ground.
Suggested bet: Dual Identity to win the 15:25 at Newmarket
Jim Crowley, whose figures when riding Dual Identity on good or better ground are 1211, is back to ride the five-year-old for the first time since the partnership easily won a handicap at Sandown last summer.
Dual Identity started last season in fine form (figures 2122 from his first four runs) so the chances are that he is primed for a big run first-time back. Next best bet: Majestic to win the 15:25 at Newmarket Of the others, the Cambridgeshire winner Majestic should go well again, not least because he has a fitness advantage over most of his main market rivals, having started his new campaign with a fine fourth of 22 in the Class 2 Lincoln Handicap over a straight, galloping mile at Doncaster, despite the ground being heavy. His previous wins have come on better ground like today's and he excels on tracks with an uphill finish. He has much less to prove than most, although he is now seven pounds higher than when winning the Cambridgeshire, compared to Dual Identity's four-pound rise for winning the far-side group of that race by five lengths
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