December 9 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 12, 2013
The annual long-distance Newmarket test of stamina, The Cesarewitch, takes place tomorrow, starting as it does in Cambridgeshire and finishing in Suffolk.
The two miles and two furlong trek has as always attracted a huge entry and 34 are set to go for the contest which carries so much history and a winning purse of more than £155,000.
Off at 3.50pm this afternoon, it really is very much a ‘pin-sticker’ event although in recent years, favourites have a decent record.
There would be a no more popular winner this afternoon than Lady Cecil’s Tiger Cliff under Tom Queally.
Tiger Cliff won the Ebor Handicap at York over a mile and six furlongs and should stay the extra half a mile having previously been second over two and a half miles at Ascot.
Horses that have been running over obstacles also have a good record in the race and Domination and Lieutenant Miller are two that figure in that category.
Ireland’s Domination, under Fran Berry, scored two successes in August over today’s distance over hurdles and over three miles over hurdles, both at Cork.
Champion jumps trainer Nicky Henderson runs Lieutenant Miller under Ryan Moore, the seven-year-old having been second at Goodwood over two miles and five furlongs as well as finishing just behind Tiger Cliff, in third place, in the Ebor.
Johnny Murtagh has been riding big-race Saturday winners regularly in recent weeks and pairs up with trainer Mark Johnston on Oriental Fox. The five-year-old won over course and distance when taking the Cesarewitch Trail on September 21.
Sir Mark Prescott and Luke Morris field four-year-old Pallasator, third on his only run of the season over a mile and six furlongs at Haydock in early September while at a bigger price, don’t underestimate Seaside Sizzler.
Jim Crowley rides for Ralp Beckett on a six-year-old gelding third at Goodwood and also a fine third at Royal Ascot in the two mile, five furlong Queen Alexander Stakes.
Few of the major races on the fixture list are as rich in history as the Cesarewitch, first staged in 1839. Cesarewitch is an anglicised version of Tsesarevich, the title of the heir to the throne in imperial Russia. It was named in honour of Tsar Alexander II after he donated £300 to the Jockey Club.