Sweet Selection: wins the Cesarewitch pressed by the loose horse
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Tony McFadden 4:09PM 8 OCT 2016
Report: Newmarket, Saturday
Betfred Cesarewitch (Heritage Handicap) 2m2f, 3yo+
SWEET SELECTION lived up to her billing as a ‘handicap blot’ as she ran out an authoritative winner of the Cesarewitch under champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa for trainer Hughie Morrison.
The progressive four-year-old was officially 17lb well-in having produced an improved effort in the Group 2 Doncaster Cup after the Cesarewitch weights had been released, and she produced a dominant performance to win this prestigious handicap by three lengths, having matters under control throughout the final furlong.
St Michel, the 13-2 joint-favourite, was also well handicapped based on his effort in the Doncaster Cup but he ruined his chance by failing to settle.
In a dramatic race, in which Marc Monaghan was unshipped early on from Seismos, De Sousa managed to steer a safe passage aboard the always-prominent Sweet Selection, who relished the stiff test of stamina and won at 7-1.
“I thought I was beat five furlongs out as Sweet Selection was going nowhere but the one great thing about her is that she keeps going,” winning rider De Sousa said. “When she ran down into the Dip nothing was going to get to her.”
Morrison also hailed Sweet Selection’s attitude and staying power. He said: “She is just extraordinarily tough. When race-reading it, Star Rider was going better, but when they quickened she nipped up the inside and just kept going and went clear. You think that she is going to get caught, but she didn’t.”
First Mohican ran a stormer to finish runner-up at 50-1, while well-fancied duo Sea Of Heaven and The Cashel Man filled the frame.
Plenty of bookmakers were paying five places and Golden Spear grabbed that spot.
There was a sad postscript as it was confirmed that Leah Freya sustained a fatal injury.
It was feared that The Minch also suffered a fatal injury but trainer Jim Goldie tweeted: “The Minch suffered quite a bad injury to his tendon but he’s fine to travel home bandaged up.”