Outsider See And Be Seen wins Cesarewitch Trial at Newmarket
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The complete outsider of the field won the Cesarewitch Trial as a wet Rowley Mile course staged a bumper eight race card at Newmarket on Saturday to open its traditional Autumn Gold season.
See And Be Seen, bottom weight thanks to jockey Noel Garbutt’s five-pound claim, galloped his rivals into submission over the two miles and a quarter trip, the perfect trial for the big race itself on Saturday, October 11.
Repeater, racing wide, burst through to lead into the straight and the action unfolded in the final two furlongs with Garbutt squeezing 20/1 shot See And Be Seen through a gap on the far side rails to take over and win for trainer Sylvester Kirk.
Big Easy, from jump trainer Philip Hobbs’ yard, emerged as the challenger but had to settle for second, holding off fast-finishing favourite Ray Ward who was third.
Joe Fanning completed a 116/1 double when he landed the Tattersalls Millions Auction Trophy on Mark Johnston’s Secret Brief.
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Fanning, always travelling well on the far side, tracked favourite Heartbreak Hero before making a decisive move two furlongs out. Bossy Guest gave chase but Secret Brief was always holding on, returned at 7/2.
The day began with a real shock when the William Haggas trained Toujours L’Amour won on debut at 25/1 under Fanning in division one of the maiden fillies’ stakes.
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The in-form jockey dropped out the eventual winner early on and the race looked to be in the bag for 6/4 favourite Moonlight Sonata.
But Fanning delivered Toujours L’Amour to get up by the narrowest of margins.
The second division of the race restored order when 6/4 favourite Lady of Dubai, third at Newmarket a month earlier, easily took the honours under Tom Queally for trainer Luca Cumani with Weiner Valkyrie and Teofilo’s Princess in the minor places at bigger odds.
Paul Hanagan, once some of his booked rides at Newbury had been declared non-runners, switched his attentions to Newmarket.
The former champion will be glad he made the dash as he got the Richard Fahey trained Lacing home in the £56,000 Tattersall Millions Fillies’ Stakes at 9/1.
Always up with the leaders, Hanagan pushed Lacing out to score convincingly from Hundi and favourite Supreme Occasion, who never landed a blow in ground that eased during the afternoon under the rainy conditions.
To make the day even better, he then completed a double when winning on the John Gosden trained Rewaaya in the 12-furlong fillies’ handicap.
Hanagan stuck to the far side rail and always looked in charge, winning at 5/1 from Godolphin’s Desert Snow to complete his 59/1 double.
Local trainer Michael Wigham loves a raid at the course and his Charter, the 3/1 favourite, landed the gamble under Jim Crowley to win the six-furlong handicap.
Crowley pushed Charter through a gap expertly to take the spoils in a tight finish ahead of outsiders Tellovoi and Commanche in a race led for most of the way by the lonely Nova Champ, isolated on the far rail under Harry Bentley.
The finale went the way of Dark Emerald, the consistent grey gelding trained by Brendan Powell and ridden by Seb Sanders.
Sanders chose to stay tight to the far side rail throughout and made all despite several rivals trying to get past in the closing stages.
However, the tough four-year-old, shouldering top weight in the mile handicap, held on to win at 10/1 ahead of Master The World and George Cinq.