The Newmarket Cesarewitch meeting is one of the premier end of season flat horse racing meetings and right at the centre of it is the Cesarewitch handicap, a gruelling test of stamina over the 2m2f trip. The additional prize money pumped into staying races this season has seen the total pot for this race rise to £500,000, with the winner taking home just over £300,000 of that. It is no surprise to see a huge field of 34 go to post for the race, and we also have two reserves in place should a runner from the field pull out.
The Cesarewitch forms the second part of what is known in racing circles as the Autumn double, with the Cambridgeshire Handicap, ran at the same course, being the first. John Gosden and Frankie Dettori teamed up to win that one, with the horse powering clear to win by nearly four lengths. The duo are represented with Precious Ramotswe in the Cesarewitch, a filly that has won twice this season including a Group Three at York, but may find this handicap mark beyond her. She will have her supporters though, both Gosden and Dettori are very popular with punters and she is generally around 25/1 for Saturday’s feature.
While the Cesarewitch handicap is the main event on Saturday, the supporting races on the card are probably going to attract the same amount of interest. Live on ITV before the Cesarewitch there are three good, and competitive two-year-old races where we may see a star of the future. Heading those races is the Dewhurst Stakes, which is a Group One over a distance of seven furlongs. That race is all about the colt Too Darn Hot, who comes here with a perfect record of three from three so far including wins at Group Two and Group Three level. He is ante-post favourite for both the 2000 Guineas and the Derby next season, and an impressive performance here would likely shorten him further for those races, despite being months away.
All four races mentioned are on ITV so punters can tune in live to catch the action, on what is sure to be a fantastic day of racing with some key pointers for the future on show. Here is a preview of the four big races from the meeting.
Newmarket Cesarewitch Meeting – Live ITV Races Preview
Zetland Stakes – 1:50 pm
The Zetland Stakes is the lowest grade race out of the two-year-old races, being a listed race but it is still a very interesting renewal. The horses put in this race by their trainers won’t be at the top of the pecking order at home, but could still develop into nice horses for the future. The one to jump off the page is Waldstern, a horse who won on debut before finishing second to a potentially smart rival last time out. That rival was Kadar, who runs in the next race so should Waldstern win the opener it would be a timely form boost for Kadar.
Elsewhere, Aidan O’Brien sends two across for the race and the pick of his horses may be Norway. It took three attempts for him to open his account but the way he won by over six lengths last time out suggests he may finally be getting the hang of racing. Neither of Aidan’s look to be anywhere near the top of the Ballydoyle pecking order though, leaving this race to Waldstern, who has looked a nice prospect in his two races so far.
Autumn Stakes – 2:25 pm
Should Waldstern win the opener then I’d be even more confident of a huge run from Kadar, who beat Waldstern when they met. Kadar was on debut that day, so didn’t have the benefit of experience but managed to win despite that. This horse cost 700,000 Euros at the start of the season and could go all the way to the top for Northern trainer Karl Burke.
Persian King comes over from France to contest this race and he is the current favourite. He finished second behind a smart one on debut, before records two minor wins in France over one mile, winning easily on each occasion. It is very difficult to get a handle on what he beat on those two occasions, but his debut run is smart, his trainer knows what it takes to come over and win in England and because of that, he has to be respected.
Magna Grecia won nicely on debut for Aidan O’Brien and could be a group horse in the making, but Kadar is the one for me, this could be a very talented individual who could find himself going to the very top next season.
Dewhurst Stakes – 3:00 pm
A race that is jam-packed full of exciting prospects for the future and certainly one to watch over and over again. Too Darn Hot is grabbing all the headlines going into the race and it is easy to see why when you look at the manner of his victories so far. There is no doubt that this is a hugely talented horse, and he is already been backed to win at least one classic next season. A big performance here would see him shorten further in the betting, with the Derby looking like being his main target as stamina looks to be assured based on his breeding.
This isn’t a one-horse race though, and the main challenger appears to be Sangarius, who is currently unbeaten for Sir Michael Stoute. He has won two novice races and looks ready for the step up in grade that he is getting here. One horse that has proven himself in this grade is Advertise, a horse who has won at Group Two and Group One level in his last two starts. He looks to be a speedier type and will aim to use that against his rivals who look to be stayers.
This should be great to watch, and certainly, a race that will point you in the right direction for the future but as far as Saturday goes, I can’t see past Too Darn Hot in the Dewhurst.
Cesarewitch Stakes – 3:40 pm
A real mix of flat and jump runners in the feature race of the weekend look set to battle it out for over £300,000. This is a tricky puzzle for punters to solve, trying to work out the various form lines across both codes of racing. Willie Mullins sends over an unbelievable seven runners for the race, and most of them appear to have a good chance on form. Star hurdler Limini may be the pick of his contingent, but she comes here on the back of a win over a trip too short for her and will relish this test.
If you are looking for a win bet then Vis a Vis looks to be a horse with a big future, and he looks to have plenty more to offer off his current handicap mark. He has won both starts since coming over from France to join Neil Mulholland and although this is a big step up in class for him, he has the experience from his days in France to cope with the hustle and bustle of a big field.
For those looking for a bigger priced each way runner, Golden Spear is right at the bottom of the handicap and came 5th last season off this mark. He ran a nice prep race last time out, finishing second and will be primed to perfection by his very shrewd trainer.
Newmarket Cesarewitch Betting Odds
Right now, four of the top six in the betting are trained by Willie Mullins and they are headed by Stratum, a horse who was backed off the boards to win the Ebor at York but never got a run that day. He is clearly well thought of and could be incredibly well handicapped based on his earlier win at Newbury. Vis a Vis is a best price 12/1 right now to take the race, while Golden Spear can be backed at a much bigger 25/1 for those looking to have an each-way interest. Southern France is trained by Aidan O’Brien and breaks up the Willie Mullins dominance at the head of the market, he is currently a 9/1 shot for the race and is the second favourite.
Newmarket Cesarewitch Betting Offers
Each Way First Seven Places with Paddy Power
If you are looking to place an each way bet on the Cesarewitch on Saturday like many people will be then Paddy Power is the place to head. They are offering 1/5 odds on the first seven home, which is nearly double the standard terms of four places that you will find with some bookmakers. The each way value on Saturday is with Paddy Power, so be sure to take advantage.
Second by a Length or Less £10 Free Bet with Coral
This weekend Coral are offering a great money back promotion on all live ITV races on Saturday, which covers the main four from Newmarket. If you back a horse that finishes second and the horse is beaten by a length or less then you will be given your win stake back, up to a maximum of £10. Coming close can often be agonising, but with this offer you have the consolation of receiving your stake back, allowing you to place further bets with them so be sure to take advantage of this from Coral.