The 2014 Cesarewitch Handicap
Autumn at Newmarket Racecourse sees the action
return to the Rowley Mile, after summer racing on the July
Course. In one of the most popular events of the season, the
Cesarewitch Handicap, runners are at least three years old,
and compete over 2 miles 2 furlongs for a purse that totalled
£250,000 last year. This year's event takes place on
Saturday 11th October, with Trial Day scheduled for 20th September.
Here we'll have a look at some of the runners and riders who
must be clear favourites
judging by early prices; you can stay in touch with updated
odds at bookies.com.
Pallasator is a five-year-old, recently purchased
by Qatar Racing and currently the favourite with most bookies
at between 8/1 and 12/1. Ridden by Luke
Morris since September 2012, he won at Ascot in July over
12 furlongs, following that up with fourth place in a field
of 19 at York in late August, this time over 14 furlongs.
Quick Jack is a very close second favourite
as of early September, at between 10/1 and 12/1. With three
Flat wins and three second place finishes to his credit, the
five-year-old has a slightly better win percentage when jumping,
but recent form has been excellent. He won in Galway at the
end of July, and had a fantastic autumn season last year with
four wins and two second place finishes.
Zarkandar is another horse well worth considering,
with most bookies pricing him at 12/1, though you may get
14/1 or even 16/1 if you look. He did well at the French Champion
Hurdle in June, showing an aptitude for longer distances and
finishing third, leading trainer
Paul Nicholls to believe that Zarkander might find the
2-and-a-quarter mile Cesarewitch to his liking. His last win
was in April last year at Aintree.
There's a wide selection of runners at around
16/1, including Ray Ward and Angel Gabrial; you should be
able to back the latter at 18/1 right now. Ray Ward has notched
up two wins and two second places in 12 flat races. Most recently
he was 2nd in the Goodwood Stakes on 30th July, just being
beaten in the final furlong.
Angel Gabrial is another 5-year-old and has
five wins from 24 races to his credit, most recently at Newcastle
at the end of June, where he was ridden by George Chaloner;
David Nolan also rode him to victory at Ripon in April.