The Cesarewitch one of the most popular races on the UK Racing calendar, which is enjoyed equally by horse racing enthusiasts as well as punters. It is not always a great race however for favourite backers, with only three jollies winning the 2m 2f race in the last twenty years, while at the same time, there has not been too many outsiders getting home first.
The race is one of those that attract the attention of the National Hunt trainers, from both here and Ireland, and who have had more than their fair share of good fortune in the race. Indeed, Nicky Henderson has saddled two winners, Carraciola who won with odds of 50/1 in 2008 and Landing Light at 12/1 in 2003. Other NH trainers with wins in the race have been Tony Martin from Ireland, Phillip Hobbs, Dermot Weld and Martin Pipe, who also has two wins.
It should come as no surprise therefore to see Rainforest Magic, trained by Weld has been well backed ahead of the race and currently has odds of around the 12/1 mark. There are many who believe that this 4 year old is a Group horse in the making and it is well known that he has been laid out to win this race this year. He won twice at the recent Galway Festival, once in a handicap and once over hurdles but has since been rested and will come into the race very fresh and on an excellent mark of 87.
Currently there are three vying for favouritism, Veiled from the Henderson yard, winner of the Ascot Stakes over 2½ miles back in June and who also won a good quality handicap over 14 furlongs on this course in May. The mare is said to be extremely well at home and will be ridden by Eddie Ahern who rode her to her Royal Ascot success.
Tuscan Gold from the stable of Sir Mark Prescott is also being well supported in the market and comes to the race after a pleasing third place at Goodwood over two miles last month. That race was his first completed run for over a year, after his initial comeback was marred by unseating his jockey at the York Ebor meeting. He is a very trusted stayer and is another which has been laid out to win the race.
The third of the favourites is the very consistent Roger Charlton trained stayer, Keys, who will be ridden by Richard Hughes. Charlton had believed that the four year old was good enough to race in the Group 2 Doncaster Cup last month but has persuaded himself that the richer pickings were to be had in this race. The son of Doyen is certainly shaping up to be a Group horse in the future which is why the Bookmakers fear his presence in this race. It would surprise no-one to see him go off as the favourite.
Although David Pipe has yet to emulate his father Martin in saddling the winner, it does not preclude him from trying. His best hope of winning is with his four year old gelding, Beyond, who is a genuine galloper with plenty of stamina. He will probably need to improve on his last run at Sandown Park, but there is a gathering lobby of support for this horse and punters are advised to follow the betting and certainly consider him as a sound each way prospect at 12/1 in the Cesarewitch Betting.