Well this week we have some super racing to look forward to on Friday and Saturday in particular. Saturday with the group one Dewhurst stakes for 2 year olds which can often be a pointer to next years classics.
Then we also have the second leg of the Autumn double the Cesarewitch which is for staying handicappers over 2 miles and 2 furlongs. This race was first run in 1839 and was named in honour of the then Tsar of Russia Alexander II who had donated £300 to the Jockey Cub. It is the only race to start in one county Cambridgeshire and finish in another Suffolk.
It is one of my favourite races as I have had many big priced winners over the years so I will take a stab at it yet again for Howie’s Hottie. The three I like are Who Dares Wins, First Mohican and The Graduate. The first two are trained by Alan King of which Who Dares Wins is favourite and First Mohican who was 2nd in the event last year. Both have decent chances but my main fancy is the Graduate who is now trained by Tony Martin in Ireland.
The gelding was well beaten on his first run for ages last time out behind Who Dares Wins but I’m sure he will strip a lot fitter this time. I have to say believe it or not the draw is important as most winners seem to come from low numbers so that is something to bear in mind nearer the day.
Hopefully The Graduate will get a decent draw plus I would like to see Oisin Murphy come in for the ride as he won on the horse when he was trained by the Baldings. At current prices Who Dares Wins is a general 10/1 with First Mohican at 50/1 in places and The Graduate 25/1 generally and 40/1 with Skybet.
Beyond Recall trainer L.Cumani – Stayed on late at Lingfield which suggests a longer trip will help.
Lincoln trainer M.Channon – Strong finisher over 5 furlongs and I feel an extra furlong will help.
Antony trainer G.Moore – Ran well at Fontwell on his seasonal debut and will strip fitter next time.