Given double-handed in Cambridgeshire
JAMES GIVEN captured the Totesport.com Cambridgeshire in 2001 with I Cried For You and is hoping for a repeat as he prepares Indian Days and Dream Lodge for the first leg of the autumn double.
His main hope is Indian Days, successful last time at Glorious Goodwood, and handed 8st 8lb for the nine-furlong handicap at Newmarket on October 4.
"The Cambridgeshire is very much the target for Indian Days," said Given.
"I might have tolook at where he is in the weights to determine whether he may need to run again to try to get a penalty in order to ensure he gets in.
"It has been the target since he won at Goodwood. The ground was a little loose that day but a sound, fast surface would suit him down to the ground."
Indian Days isquoted at 20-1 with totesport while Dream Lodge (9st) is 33-1 but Given believes the four-year-old is not a forlorn hope despite finishing last at Chester last week.
"Dream Lodge can be a very in and out horse," Given went on.
"When he's good, he's very good and when he's bad, he's annoying.
"The draw was awful at Chester last time, so you can't blame the horse for that, but his two runs before then would put him in the Cambridgeshire with a chance.
"Dream Lodge is capable but things just have to fall right for him. When they do, he has a lot of talent.
"Indian Days is the one with the greatest hope. I think he's very much an improving horse and I think he won a shade cosily at Goodwood.
"Alan (Munro) was the last one to go for his stick and timed it perfectly to go and win the race a little cheekily, so I'm really looking forward to going to Newmarket and watching him run."
Ask The Butler (9st 4lb) is 10-1 joint favourite and is one of nine possibles from Luca Cumani's stable.
Sir Mark Prescott has the other joint market leader in Master Of Arts (9st), who rattled up a six-timer this summer.
The Heath House trainer, previously successful with Quinlan Terry (1988),Pasternak (1997) and Chivalry (2003), has also engaged Caravel (8st 5lb).
Smokey Oakey has been shouldered with top-weight of 9st 10lb while his trainer Mark Tompkins also has Babodana (9st), Kinsya (8st 3lb) and Alan Devonshire (8st 10lb) among a total of 134 entries.
Bookmakers invariably run scared of contenders trained by Tony Martin and the Irishman, who saddled She's Our Mare to victory in 1999, has engaged winning hurdler Charminamix (8st 2lb).
French-based trainer John Hammond provides the cross-channel challenge with two entries. Estrela Brage (8st 11lb) and Mesa Marauder (8st 9lb).