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In-form Saeed bin Suroor can claim the Cesarewitch at Newmarket
Willie Mullins has won the last three editions of the Cesarewitch (15:35) and last year’s victor Great White Shark returns to defend her crown off a 10lbs higher mark. That rise in the weights makes her task much harder, and Mullins seemingly holds stronger claims with M C Muldoon. However, they both might have to go some to topple LIVE YOUR DREAM.
He missed the whole of his three-year-old campaign, but returned from an absence a well-handicapped horse and won three of his first four starts this season. Live Your Dream failed to make the cut for the Ebor, but warmed up nicely for this test when runner-up in a trial over course and distance last month – proving his stamina for this trip and still looking a well-treated horse. The cheekpieces he wore that day are retained and connections were quick to book leading apprentice Adam Farragher, who takes off a valuable 5lbs. He looks set for a big run.
Exminster ahead of his mark
There is an interesting nursery which opens the card at Newmarket (13:10) on Saturday and the Edward Bethell-trained EXMINSTER is almost certainly a well-handicapped horse. A lengthy, quite attractive colt, he gathered support and duly made a winning debut at Redcar in July and didn’t shape badly under a penalty at Ripon on his next start.
Exminster very much caught the eye on handicap debut at Haydock last time, that’s despite a slow start putting him on the backfoot immediately and he still had plenty to do a furlong out. The manner in which he finished his race suggests he has been let in lightly by the handicapper however, and just 1lb higher now, he makes plenty of appeal off bottom weight under Andrea Atzeni.
Hafit should relish Zetland test
The Zetland Stakes at 13:45 has produced some very smart types in recent years, notably 2017 winner Kew Gardens – who went on to win the St Leger – and last season’s scorer Lone Eagle – who finished runner-up to Hurricane Lane in the Irish Derby this season. This year’s renewal again features several interesting contenders, but perhaps none more so than HAFIT.
He cost a whopping 2,100,000 guineas as a yearling and looked a smart prospect when landing the odds on his debut on the July Course in August. He was beaten – again started odds-on – in a Listed event at Haydock last time, but he improved a chunk in defeat, beaten only by another fellow improver who looks a Group 1 performer. There is plenty of stamina in Hafit’s illustrious pedigree and the step up to a mile-and-a-quarter will undoubtedly bring about further progress.
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