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Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap - 11th October, 2014

Tony Martin's Quick Jack was last seen bagging a notable prize at the Galway Festival and the dual-purpose performer will aim to bag another notable handicap prize on Saturday afternoon when he heads over from Ireland to Newmarket to run in the Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap.

Having won over hurdles at Cheltenham a few starts ago, he then showed his classy when tanking through a competitive Galway contest and he shaped as if he's still on the major upgrade and has been installed as the favourite for this 2m 2f marathon.

David Simcock's Ray Ward has run some creditable races in staying races this term and a repeat of his second to Teak in the Goodwood Stakes should put him on the vicinity, whilst that winner at the Glorious meeting could take his chance for Ian Williams and stands out in the betting.

Hughie Morrison's Nearly Caught wasn't disgraced when finishing eighth in the Betfred Ebor and he has to come into calculations when looking for the potential winner, whilst John Quinn's Swnymor has been mixing the Flat and hurdling sphere and could be an interesting contender.

Of the others, Rhombus has been flourishing of late and is aiming to continue his fine form, whilst the likes of Suegioo, Brass Ring and the well-backed Big Easy are another notable trio set to head to Newmarket at the weekend and do battle in this energy-sapping showpiece.

Latest Betting for 2014 Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap

6/1 Quick Jack

11/1 Big Easy

14/1 Moidore

16/1 Swnymor

16/1 Nearly Caught

16/1 Ray Ward

16/1 Rhombus

16/1 Suegioo

16/1 Brass Ring

20/1 De Rigueur

20/1 Communicator

20/1 Teak

20/1 See And Be Seen

20/1 Noble Silk

20/1 Groovejet

20/1 Digeanta

25/1 Saddler's Rock

25/1 Earth Amber

25/1 Mubaraza

33/1 BAR

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Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap History

The Cesarewitch Handicap is run at Newmarket on Future Champions Day over two miles, two furlongs and is open to horses aged three years or older.

Established in 1839, the Cesarewitch is one of the highlights of the latter part of the fixture list as it is usually an ultra-competitive field with runners often reaching the limit of 34 runners.� Punters who enjoy betting in big-runner handicaps often enjoy betting in the Cesarewitch with big prices offered on a whole number of horses, meaning each way betting is very popular in the race.

Along with the Cambridgeshire Handicap, the Cesarewitch had its inaugural running the same season and the two combined are often known as the Autumn Double, but with only two weeks between them these days, horses are rarely seen contesting both.

Now part of the Future Champions Day, which sees top class juvenile action with the Dewhurst Stakes, Middle Park Stakes, Autumn Stakes and Rockfel Stakes attracting the leading two-year-olds, the Cesarewitch just adds more depth to a terrific day's racing in October.

Looking at the illustrious roll of honour many have progressed on to bigger and better things, but a name that stands out is Vintage Crop.� Dermot Weld's staying sensation won the 1992 Cesarewitch before going on to win the Irish St Leger in 1993 and 1994 and also travelled to Australia to win the 1993 Melbourne Cup.

More recently, 2006 winner Detroit City made his name in the national hunt scene and having won the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival earlier in the year returned to the flat to win the Cesarewitch for trainer Philip Hobbs.

Recent Winners of Cesarewitch Handicap

  • 2000 - Heros Fatal
  • 2001 - Distant Prospect
  • 2002 - Miss Fara
  • 2003 - Landing Light
  • 2004 - Contact Dancer
  • 2005 - Sergeant Cecil
  • 2006 - Detroit City
  • 2007 - Leg Spinner
  • 2008 - Carraciola
  • 2009 - Darley Sun
  • 2010 - Aaim to Prosper
  • 2011 - Never Can Tell
  • 2012 - Aaim to Prosper
  • 2013 - Scatter Dice