Cesarewitch Handicap Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.40 at Newmarket, 14 October 2017
As we approach the final month of the Flat Season (hands up if you’ve started planning for Cheltenham yet!), we have here the chance to see the second leg of the historic Autumn Double, the Cesarewitch Handicap.
Early October each year sees Newmarket play host to the the Cesarewitch Handicap. Here we take a look at the best odds and racing offers surrounding this staying contest and provide our betting tips for the race.
Taking place over the marathon trip of 2m2f this Heritage Handicap was first run at Newmarket way back in 1839. Open to all runners aged three and older, the event now offers a total prize pot of an impressive £250,000. With such a huge sum on show the Cesarewitch usually attracts a top class field and this year is most certainly no different.
NB – We’ve also got Dewhurst Stakes betting tips and offers for the other big race this weekend!
Cesarewitch Handicap Betting Tips
- Who Dares Wins to win at 12/1 with Betfair
- Frederic each way at 80/1 with Betfair
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Cesarewitch Handicap Tips and Race Preview
There are plenty who make at least some sort of appeal here. Rated 150 over hurdles, current favourite John Constable may well be thrown in off 88, but yet to win at the trip and having his first flat outing in three years, he won’t be carrying our cash. Lagostovegas meanwhile represents the fearsome combination of Willie Mullins and Ryan Moore and looks the biggest threat for the Irish. Yet to race over quite this far and with all three of his flat wins coming on going containing the word soft in the description he is also passed over, albeit somewhat reluctantly.
By far the most solid to our eyes is the Alan King trained Who Dares Wins. A talented performer over the sticks having won at Grade 2 level and finished a solid third in this season’s Coral Cup at the Cheltenham festival, this five year old by Jeremy is proving equally adept on the level.
Having finished fourth in the Chester Cup and third in the Ascot Stakes, he was given a first taste of this course and distance in the trial for this race at the back end of September. It would be fair to say he seemed to enjoy the experience as he stayed on best of all for a 1 ¾l success. It was his reserves of stamina that won the day that day and we don’t expect a 4lb penalty will be enough to stop him here. Having won this in 2015 with Grumeti and sent out First Mohican to be second 12 months ago , we expect to see Alan King go very close once again.
Huge Each Way Odds
This race hasn’t been averse to a shock winner or two in recent years, with SPs of 66/1 twice and 50/1 twice leaving some lucky backers in clover in the past decade. If there is one runner to continue that big priced trend here, we suspect it may well be the Keith Dalgleish trained six year old, Frederic.
Twice a winner over 2m1f, he found the 2m4 ½f too much at Goodwood two starts back but still ran with credit to finish sixth on ground softer than ideal. His latest effort in a handicap over this trip came when fourth at Pontefract off a mark of 89. He cruised into contention in trademark style that day before being undone in the closing stages. We suspect the burden of 10st may have put paid to his finishing effort that day, and whilst he is 1lb lower in the handicap for this, more significantly, he has only 8st9lb to carry this time around, with useful claimer Finley Marsh taking off an additional 5lbs. The 80/1 with Betfair looks a massive price.
Rolling Maul is another to bear in mind. Only a reserve at present, this dual purpose performer is an impressive three from four on the flat, and likely to be ideally suited by a strongly run race at this trip, he would look to be worth a small investment should he sneak in late.
Cesarewitch Handicap Previous Winners
- 2016 – Sweet Selection – jockey Silvestre de Sousa, trainer Hughie Morrison
- 2015 – Grumeti – jockey Adam Beschizza, trainer Alan King
- 2014 – Big Easy – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Philip Hobbs
- 2013 – Scatter Dice – jockey Silvestre De Sousa, trainer Mark Johnston
- 2012 – Aaim To Prosper – jockey Kieren Fallon, trainer Brian Meehan
- 2011 – Never Can tell – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Jamie Osborne
- 2010 – Aaim To Prosper – jockey Louis Beuzelin, trainer Brian Meehan
- 2009 – Darley Sun – jockey Andrea Atzeni, trainer David Simcock
- 2008 – Caracciola – jockey Eddie Ahern, trainer Nicky Henderson
- 2007 – Leg Spinner – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer A J Martin
- 2006 – Detroit City – jockey Jamie Spencer, trainer Philip Hobbs
Race History and Top Jockeys/Trainers
Tsesarevich Alexander of Russia led quite the eventful life in his efforts to reform his country. Efforts which seemingly didn’t always go down too well, with Alexander surviving various bullets and a bomb in his dining room during his 62 years.
Whilst not everyone was a fan of his back home, at least the Jockey Club showed their appreciation in naming this race in his honour. No doubt partially influenced by a £300 donation from Alexander, the English version of Tsesarevich has been used in the race’s title ever since its inaugural running in 1839.
Together with the Cambridgeshire Handicap run at the same track, this race forms the Autumn Double. Considering the Cambridgeshire trip of 1m1f is exactly half that of this marathon contest, it is a rare beast indeed who can prevail in both races. The feat is seldom even attempted these days, but Roseberry, Foxhall and Plaisanterie all did the double in the first 30 years of the race.
Famous winners of more recent times include the excellent dual purpose performers, Nomadic Way (1988), Landing Light (2003) and Detroit City (2006). Perhaps the best of all though was the Dermot Weld star Vintage Crop. In addition to winning this in 1992, the globetrotting great also won two Irish St. Legers and the Melbourne Cup. We must also give a nod to the Brian Meehan runner, Aaim To Prosper, who is the only horse to ever win this twice.
Top Trainers and Jubilant Jockeys
Matthew Dawson was one of the most successful of the 19th Century trainers with a remarkable 28 Classic wins to his name. His contemporary William Day didn’t manage to quite scale those heights, but did record three Classic successes of his own. With four wins apiece, the aforementioned pair share the honour of being the most successful trainers in the history of this race. Of the more modern day trainers it is Mark Johnston who has fared the best, with three wins between 1998 and 2013.
Doug Smith is the man to sit atop the jockeys table here with six wins between the years of 1939 and 1966. Remarkablly consistent throughout his career, Smith was champion jockey five times and finished as runner up on a further seven occasions.