WHICH MULLINS HORSE WINS THE CESAEREWITCH?
We have another huge field handicap at Newmarket to get stuck into this Saturday. Anmaat ran a big race for a 3yo last weekend only to find Bedouin's Story too good under a perfect Jamie Spencer ride.
Willie Mullins aims to plunder the Newmarket Cesarewitch for the fourth time running and arrives at HQ with a strong hand of five runners!
It’s tricky but I am siding with Willie's runner Foveros who is following a similar path as taken by last years winner Great White Shark who ran at the Galway festival. Great White Shark managed to win the Connacht Hotel (Q.R.) Handicap (Premier Handicap) at Galway and Foveros just failed by ¾ L this year having hit the front plenty early. He was ridden by Audbrey McMahon who is a true amateur owned by his Dad Luke McMahon.
The McMahon are related to jockey Ray Dawson and asked Willie to put him up on Foveros today. Foveros runs off a mark of 87 (4lbs higher than at Galway) carrying a featherweight of 8-4. Before the Galway Festival he romped home over a stiff two miles on soft/heavy ground at the Curragh. Foveros is an inform horse who is improving and is sure to run a big race.
Elysian Flame is a working mans price and has been running well this season. He won over hurdles in March at Carlisle before winning over two miles and a half furlong at Newbury which is a big galloping course like Newmarket. At Chester he was the meat in the sandwich shortly after coming out of the stalls getting shuffled to the back of the pack but kept on well to finish fifth. At Royal Ascot he finished third behind Reshoun and M C Muldoon who is favourite today.
It was on to the Goodwood festival where Elysian Flame came from the back to gallop up the hill strongly placing third just short of two lengths behind Calling The Wind. He meets the Richard Hughes trained runner on better terms today on a course that will suit much better. Usually, they go hard up front, and it is a stayer who comes out of the pack that wins the Cesarewitch. Graham Lee rides Elysian Flame who has been kept fresh for this race since Goodwood and carries a nice weight of 9-3 trained by Mick Easterby and his son David.
Newmarket - 3:35
0.5 Point Each Way Foveros 10/1 Skybet paying 8 places.
0.5 Point Each Way Elysian Flame 18/1 Skybet paying 8 places.