The Cesarewitch Handicap, Dubai Future Champions Day Tips
The flat racing season in the UK draws to a close as always at Newmarket with the Cesarwitch Handicap on the Rowley Mile. Here, many of the biggest names in the sport are looking to pick up an end of season victory. Let’s check out our top Cesarewitch Handicap – Dubai Future Champions Day tips.
The Cesarewitch Handicap
Inaugurated in 1839, the Cesarewitch is one of the flagship races on the UK flat racing calendar.
The race is held as part of the Dubai Future Champions meeting at Newmarket and makes up half of the Autumn Double, along with the Cambridgeshire Handicap – also held at Newmarket in back in September.
With a purse of £500,000, including over £250,000 for the winning horse and connections, the Cesarewitch is the more lucrative race of the Autumn Double run on the Rowley Mile at the course.
Ran over 2 miles and 2 furlongs, it is one of the longer trips on the racing calendar and the Grade 2 flat race is for three-year-olds and over.
Date & Time
Saturday 13th October 2018 – 15:40 (GMT)
The Cesarewitch Handicap Outright Winner Odds:-
As part of the Autumn Double, The Cesarewitch Handicap is one of the most lucrative and prestigious races in the UK Flat Racing calendar; the usual array of big-name trainers, owners and jockeys will be heading to Newmarket in an attempt to get their hands on the half a million pound prize pot – a figure which has doubled in 2018.
The runners and riders for The Cesarewitch Handicap:
Stratum – 6/1 (William Hill) –
The Willie Mullins trained 5-year-old has developed impressively in 2018 since an ownership change from John Gosden in the offseason. An impressive win at Newbury back in July failed to deliver more wins. However, a 12th place finish at York in August subsequently followed, leaving question marks over his ability at this level currently.
Limini – 10/1 (888sport) –
Next in line for Mullins is 7-year-old Limini, who has made a relatively successful transformation from prolific jump horse to flat race specialist this season. A win at Leopardstown last time out, as well as placed finishes at Galway, look to have been the ideal preparation for a horse that clearly has the pedigree to be a serious contender at this level.
Low Sun – 10/1 (Bet365) –
Completing the trio of favourites for Mullins is 5-year-old Low Sun. Another horse to have had a change of direction in recent seasons under Mullins and competing on the flat looks to have had a positive effect. The wins in big fields at the Curragh and Galway have been the highlights of what has been a strong season so far.
Southern France – 10/1 (BetBright) –
This is a horse that has slowly made his way through the ranks following a run of placed finishes (most notably in the St Leger at Doncaster Case and the Irish Leger Trail). However, the inability to get over the winning line frequently means his odds for the win are lengthy. A big rise in trip for Aiden O’Brien’s 3-year-old is something to consider here too.
Uradel – 12/1 (Betsson) –
Here’s yet another big player from Willie Mullins’ stable. The German 7-year-old Uradel will be looking to make an impact at one of the biggest races on the UK flat racing calendar. A shock win at Galway back in July sprung Uradel to prominence. However, whilst subsequent showings at Galway and Bellewstown have left question marks, this race could provide the ideal conditions.
Vis a Vis – 14/1 (Coral) –
Vis-a-Vis is one of the form horses on the UK scene at the moment. A change in ownership looks to have worked wonders for Neil Mulholland, who has seen Vis a Vis win his last two races. An impressive win as a 20/1 shot in Sandown back in Jun was backed up with an impressive showing over 2miles and Kempton. He looks ideal for the longer trip here at Newmarket.
Cleonte – 16/1 (Royal Panda) –
Irish contender Cleonte has been in fine form for Andrew Balding this season, epitomised by his impressive win over 2 miles at Ascot back in August. Whilst this race looks to be an obvious step up in class for the 5-year-old, it could be the type of race a surprise is sprung and Cleonte looks more than capable of competing here.
Cypress Creek – 16/1 (Ladbrokes) –
Aiden O’Brien has had a very successful season of which Cypress Creek has been a very big part. The 3-year-old emerged in emphatic style to win over 2 miles at Naas only 2 weeks ago. That showing has instilled belief for the connections he’s capable of competing here. With relatively little experience, he could be the surprise package in a very open field at Newmarket.
Just In Time – 16/1 (MansionBet) –
Alan King’s four-year-old arrives at Newmarket with 3 wins in his last 4 races. However, despite the question marks over suitability over the longer trip, he comes into the race full of confidence. Wins at Doncaster, Goodwood and Sandown – as well as placed finishes at Kempton – have made 2018 a season to remember for connections. Now they would love to finish it with a win at the Cesarewitch.
Law Girl – 16/1 (Bet-at-Home) –
Willie Mullins often peppers the big races with many of his big players and Law Girl is no different. The 5-year-old has had a busy season, racing 7 times already. However, the only win came at Gowran Park back in August. That showing, as well as an impressive 2nd place at Leopardstown last month (as a 20/1 shot), suggest he’s coming to terms with the rigours of flat racing.
Each Way Pick – Vis a Vis – 14/1 (Coral)