A maximum field of 34 is set to face the starter for the Cesarewitch and the prestigious staying handicap looks as wide open as ever (3.50pm, Newmarket, Saturday).
Nevertheless, we’ve had a look at the leading contenders and come up with a selection that we believe could go well at rewarding odds.
Just two favourites have won the Cesarewitch in the last 20 years, but ante post favourite Quick Jack (6/1), trained in Ireland by Tony Martin, is an obvious starting point. The Footstepsinthesand gelding was last seen at Galway in July, when he only had to be pushed clear to win a qualified riders handicap, over 2 miles, by 3 lengths.
However, he returns to action after an absence of 75 days, off a 9lb higher handicap mark, in a more competitive race, so he probably needs to improve again to win. Of course, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that he will, but he also has his stamina to prove over an extra quarter of a mile, so he may be worth taking on at a relatively short price.
Big Easy (12/1), from the Somerset yard of Philip Hobbs, has been lightly raced on the Flat in recent seasons, but was only just touched off in the Cesarewitch Trial over course and distance three weeks ago. He stayed on well in the closing stages to be beaten just a neck by See And Be Seen on that occasion, despite making his seasonal debut and being denied a clear run in the last two furlongs. He must have every chance off an identical handicap mark. His three career wins on the Flat came in the French provinces but, although he could finish only 21st of 33, beaten 24 lengths, behind Scatter Dice in this race last year, he’s 3lb lower in the weights and seems in better form this time around.
Suegioo (16/1), winner of the Chester Cup, over 2 miles 2½ furlongs, has been crying out for a return to a marathon trip on all three starts since and still looks feasibly handicapped despite a 9lb rise in the weights.
His third, beaten 4½ lengths, in the valuable Mallard Stakes, over 1 mile 6½ furlongs at Doncaster last month was a particularly creditable effort by an out-and-out stayer and he shouldn’t be underestimated. Trainer Marco Botti makes life difficult for punters by also saddling De Rigueur (20/1), but the Old Newton Cup winner looks high in the weights now and Suegioo is much preferred on this occasion.
Of course, in races of this type, it’s possible to make a convincing case for many of the runners, but our Cesarewitch betting tips advice is to back SUEGIOO each-way at best current odds of 16/1 with Bet365, SkyBet, Betfred, William Hill and all of those bookies are going 1/4 odds the first five places. The son of Manduro has stamina in abundance and will relish the uphill climb to the winning post on the Rowley Mile Course. He’ll be staying on when many of his rivals have cried enough and can gain just reward for his consistency.