15:40 Newmarket Sat 13 October 2018
- Dubai 500,000 Cesarewitch Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2)
- 2m 2f, Good to Firm
- 33 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Makes yard debut here. Hasn't won since 2013 and he's hard to make a case for off top weight off this sort of handicap mark.
Very impressive when winning the trial for this race last month by 10L. 4lb well in on official figures for that success, ground versatile and unexposed over this sort of trip on the Flat.
Group 3 winner at York earlier in the campaign but that didn't look like a strong renewal of the race and she has been well beaten in Group 2 class on her last three starts. Stamina unproven for this test and others preferred.
Grade 1 winner over hurdles and has been in good form on the Flat in recent times. Has found a few too good in his last couple of starts in handicap company and perhaps a little vulnerable off this mark in this sort of contest.
Performed with credit at Royal Ascot and went on to justify favouritism in a competitive handicap at Newbury in July. Didn't get a clear run when favourite for the Ebor but gives the impression he's still very well handicapped.
Performed well in a competitive 1m4f handicap at Royal Ascot when fifth of 17. Not the most consistent performer but he's on a fair mark on his best form, has a course win to his name and is worth a go at this sort of trip on the Flat.
Grade 1 placed over hurdles and has been in fine form on the Flat of late, following up a pair of placed efforts at the Galway Festival with a win from her revised mark in a Leopardstown handicap. Still feasibly handicapped and goes in any ground.
Impressive wide margin winner of a competitive handicap at York earlier in the campaign. Can be forgiven his run in Listed class at Chester last time when slow to break and less exposed than several in here.
Listed winner in France last year but largely inconsistent since. While he's run well over this sort of trip before, he has plenty of work on with Stars Over The Sea to turn the form around from the trial race here last time.
Made a promising start for this yard with a couple of placed efforts at Newcastle and not disgraced in the Chester Cup. Haydock run since may have been a prep for this but he has a bit to find if he's going to get competitive.
Ended a losing run on the Flat to win at Ascot in July and while no match for Here And Now at York next time, he ran well in defeat and he gets a 7lb swing in the weights with that rival. Not beaten far at Doncaster last time and can go well again.
Has won six of his last nine starts and quite obviously progressive. Carries a 4lb penalty for his most recent success at Doncaster and he's seemingly the first-string on jockey bookings from the trainer's three representatives.
Won on his return to the Flat at the Curragh and followed up next time over hurdles. Not as good from his revised turf mark at Bellewstown last time but may have found that trip on the sharp side and capable of better.
Has looked like a smart staying prospect after finishing runner-up in the Queen's Vase at Ascot and placing in the St Leger when last seen. Stamina not assured for this trip but shapes like he will stay and his handicap mark looks lenient.
Listed winner at Deauville last year and gained a first win for this yard at Ascot last time out when beating subsequent trial winner and reopposing Stars Over The Sea. 3lb rise for that looks lenient and capable of going well here.
Had stablemate Limini back in second when making a belated winning return to the Flat at the Galway Festival in July. Probably didn't get enough of a stamina test at Bellewstown last time but will need to improve to defy this handicap mark.
Hasn't won since 2015 and while he's been running okay in defeat since joining this yard, he's hard to make a case for off this sort of handicap mark in a race this competitive.
Has given the impression he's capable off this sort of handicap mark on multiple occasions, particularly earlier in the campaign, but he's not the most straightforward type and he was well beaten in the trial race behind some of these last time.
Has won six of his last 10 starts. Never seems to win by far but could be well-handicapped as a result. Carries a 4lb penalty for the latest success and he both stays 2m well and is versatile with regards ground; interesting contender.
Not as consistent on turf as he is AW and struggling for form in recent starts. Not guaranteed to stay this far and has never won from a mark this high; opposable.
Had only won a maiden in France before joining this yard but unbeaten in two starts for his new connections and form of the latest effort boosted by several runners in behind subsequently. Booking of De Sousa an obvious plus in this.
Sixth in this race back in 2016 but he's been struggling for form in a handful of runs since and seemingly not the easiest to train.
Losing run goes all the way back to 2015 but gave the impression he was well-handicapped earlier in the campaign and not seen to best effect recently. Talented apprentice claiming 3lb should help and not one to rule out.
Won at Salisbury earlier in the campaign and running well in defeat since but seemingly better handicapped types in here, despite his lightly raced profile.
Has won twice on the Flat this year and only narrowly denied by reopposing Limini last time out. Should stay this far and looks on a reasonable mark.
Impressive when winning for the second time this year at Haydock. Hasn't looked as effective off his revised handicap mark though and not guaranteed to stay this sort of trip.
Progressive earlier in the campaign and has been in good form in recent starts with several placed efforts. Hasn't always convinced as a stayer but ran well at Doncaster last time out over 1m6½f and has place claims.
Seemingly on a feasible mark judged on that best of her hurdles form but her Flat starts this year have been poor and she needs to put up a much improved performance to have a say here.
Staying on well towards the end at Doncaster last time out and still quite possibly on a lenient handicap mark. Quite possibly going to be well suited by this extreme stamina test.
Runner-up to Stars Over The Sea in the trial race here last time but finished 10L behind that rival and others look better handicapped, despite him having won off a 1lb higher mark back in a competitive Leopardstown handicap in 2016.
Handicap mark on the slide after some below par efforts this year and failed to justify favouritism at Chester last time out. Stays the trip and handicap mark looks lenient on the best of his form so can't be ruled out.
Looks well-handicapped on some of his NH form and has been in good form on the Flat throughout most of this campaign. Just a few signs he's struggling off this sort of mark in recent times and others bring some stronger form in to the race.
Just one win from her 14 starts and has lost her way in recent starts. Yard seem out of form at present and this filly isn't guaranteed to stay; looks opposable. Wears first-time blinkers.
Last Year's Winner
|T: R CharltonJ: S De Sousa|
Southern France (4/1), Stratum (6/1), Low Sun (10/1), Vis A Vis (10/1), Limini (12/1), Speedo Boy (14/1), Uradel (16/1), Stars Over The Sea (16/1), Uber Cool (20/1), Golden Spear (20/1), Making Miracles (20/1), Just In Time (20/1), Cleonte (25/1), Precious Ramotswe (25/1), Law Girl (25/1), Whiskey Sour (25/1), Here And Now (25/1), Theglasgowwarrior (28/1), Coeur de Lion (33/1), Cliffs Of Dover (33/1), Coeur Blimey (33/1), Stanley (50/1), Kloud Gate (50/1), Top Tug (66/1), Night Of Glory (66/1), Scotland (66/1), Meri Devie (66/1), Blue Rambler (66/1), Fun Mac (66/1), Stargazer (80/1), Melinoe (80/1), Its'afreebee (100/1), Eye of The Storm (100/1), Royal Reserve (100/1)
- Vis A Vis
- Law Girl
- Stars Over The Sea
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