Cesarewitch Handicap Odds

Low Sun won the 2018 renewal of the Cesarewitch for the Willie Mullins team.
Low Sun won the 2018 renewal of the Cesarewitch for the Willie Mullins team.

Run over a marathon trip of two miles and two furlongs, the Cesarewitch Handicap is a fantastic race on the track, but also a hugely competitive one in the betting ring, with a huge field expected. You can view the odds for the 2020 Cesarewitch Handicap here a little closer to the time. 

Cesarewitch Handicap Tips 

You can check out our Cesarewitch Handicap tips for the 2021 renewal here....

What is the Cesarewitch Handicap? 

The Cesarewitch is a Flat handicap race run over a trip of two miles and two furlongs at Newmarket racecourse in October of each year.

One of the oldest and most prestigious handicap races on the British calendar, the Cesarewitch forms part of the famous “Autumn Double” alongside the Cambridgeshire, and is held two weeks after its racing neighbour.

Traditionally, the Cesarewitch was held on Newmarket's Champions’ Day but it now takes place on the Saturday of the new Future Champions Festival at Newmarket - with Champions Day switched to Ascot.

What happened in the 2020 Cesarewitch Handicap? 

Willie Mullins claimed an historic third Cesarewitch Handicap victory in as many years as Great White Shark produced a blistering late dash to claim the coveted Newmarket marathon with aplomb. Held up off the pace, the well-backed 9/2 favourite was sent to win the race in the closing stages and the Closutton inmate picked up impressively to beat Summer Moon by three months with Takarengo and Not So Sleepy completing the placings.

The history of the Cesarewitch Handicap 

Established all the way back in 1836, the Cesarewitch was named in honour of Tsesarevich Alexander of Russia after he reportedly donated £300 to the Jockey Club.

The race is the second half of the traditional autumn double (along with the Cambridgeshire), and during its long and varied history there have been three horses who have managed to win both races in the same season; Rosebery (1876), Foxhall (1881) and Plaisanterie (1885).

More recently we have seen the only horse ever to win the race twice, with Aaim To Prosper obliging in 2010 and 2012 for Brian Meehan. The second of his two wins was particularly special - as he carried a whopping 9st 10lb to victory - off a mark that was nearly two stone higher than for his first win two years before. 

Who is the most iconic winner of the Cesarewitch Handicap? 

Picking the most iconic winner of the Cesarewitch is a next to impossible job, given the vast roll of honour and the lack of multiple winners within it.

There certainly have been some memorable horses, including those three in the 19th century to complete the “Autumn Double”, and several more since then have also made long-lasting impressions on the racing public.

It is always great to see a top hurdler try his luck on the Flat, though, and the best example of that in recent memory is Landing Light, who famously won the Cesarewitch in 2003 for Nicky Henderson. The Irish-bred horse was good enough to win a Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury (now known as the Betfair Hurdle), a Fighting Fifth at Newcastle and a Christmas Hurdle at Kempton over timber before claiming the Cesarewitch as an eight-year-old under the great Pat Eddery.

In fact, only one horse older than Landing Light has won the race since 1974, with Caaracciola famously wining at the grand old age of 11 back in 2008 - another who was trained by Henderson.

Are there any trials for the Cesarewitch Handicap? 

Contenders for the Cesarewitch can emerge from various races through the summer, with the majority of trainers and owners looking to keep their horses under the radar of the handicapper on the road to Newmarket. 

Plots and gambles are commonplace in a race like this, with one example of that being Withhold, who landed a huge touch in 2017 when winning the race at 5/1 for Roger Charlton and owner Tony Bloom. The lightly-raced horse was given a pipe-opener at Newbury over a mile and a half prior to his Newmarket win - and that was clearly with a big handicap run in mind.

Who is the most successful jockey in the Cesarewitch Handicap? 

Doug Smith is the jockey with the most wins in the Cesarewitch, with six wins in the race between 1939 and 1966. Smith tasted victory with Canatrice (1939), French Design (1954), Sandiacre (1957), Come to Daddy (1959), Alcove (1960) and Persian Lancer (1966) during his career.

Who is the most successful trainer in the Cesarewitch Handicap? 

There are two trainers with four wins in the race; William Day and Matthew Dawson. Day saddled Haco (1853), Dulcibella (1860), Thalestris (1864) and Foxhall (1881) to win, while Dawson saw Lioness (1863), Julius (1867), Salvanos (1872) and Stone Clink (1886) claim glory.

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