Cesarewitch Handicap: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

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Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Saturday's Cesarewitch Handicap and pick out their 1-2-3.

"...still on a fair mark after a 7 lb rise in the weights..."

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1. Summer Moon (Mark Johnston/ Joe Fanning)
Enjoyed a productive campaign last season, winning three times and running a cracker when third in this at 50/1, showing stamina to be his strong suit. Has a 9 lb higher mark to defy this time, but arrives on the back of a career-best success at York (2m) and will relish this test.

2. Cleonte (Andrew Balding/ Silvstre de Sousa)
Developed into a smart sort last term, landing the Queen Alexandra (2m5½f) at Royal Ascot and finishing second in the Doncaster Cup. Produced a poor effort at Salisbury on his return last month but probably needed that outing.

3. Alright Sunshine (Keith Dalgleish/ Jamie Spencer)
Developed into a useful handicapper last season winning on four occasions, including on testing ground. Hasn't kicked on this term and was only in mid-division in the Ebor, but the handicapper has relented slightly and he may benefit from stepping up to this sort of trip (successful over 2m1½f).

4. Rock Eagle (Ralph Beckett/ Rob Hornby)
Looked a horse to follow when winning the Old Rowley Cup on his final start in 2018, but made it to the course only once last term and has been seen just twice this year. Has shaped with promise on each occasion, however, including when third at Salisbury last month, so not one to rule out, for all he needs to prove his stamina (unraced beyond 1¾m).

5. Reshoun (Ian Williams/ Jim Crowley)
Showed improved form in a first-time visor when winning the Marsh Cup at Newbury but has below par on both starts since and others look better treated.

6. Diocletian (Andrew Balding/ William Cox (3))
Bolted up in a 1¾m handicap at Chester on his final start last season but was hit by a hike in the weights. Ran up to his best last time when third in the Old Borough Cup (beaten two and a half lengths) but a further 2 lb rise in the weights leaves him looking in the handicapper's grip.

7. Island Brave (Heather Main/ Martin Dwyer)
Bounced back to his best when defying big odds in an Ascot handicap (2m) and wasn't disgraced in the Ebor at York and Doncaster Cup since. Soft ground would be an unknown.

8. Not So Sleepy (Hughie Morrison/ Graham Lee)
Excellent effort when fourth in this race last season, despite pulling too hard on his first Flat start beyond 1¾m. Enjoyed a productive hurdles campaign over the winter, notably winning the valuable Betfair Exchange Trophy at Ascot, and was a decisive winner of a 1½m handicap at Pontefract on his return to the Flat last month. Must carry a 4 lb penalty but is still on a fair mark and has shown his effectiveness under these conditions.

9. Indianapolis (James Given/ Frankie Dettori)
Has been beaten on all eight starts this season but has largely acquitted himself well in competitive handicaps. Good effort when a close-up third in a 1¾m handicap at Haydock recently, highlighting that he is on a fair mark. Holds place claims but others are preferred.

10. Future Investment (Ralph Beckett/ Harry Bentley)
Produced a career-best effort when successful at Chester in August on his first attempt at 2m, and not disgraced when sixth in the 1¾m Old Borough Cup last time from a 6 lb higher mark. Needs to take a step forward to make an impact, but handles testing ground and is unexposed as a stayer, so could improve for this stiffer test.

11. Dalton Highway (Dermot Weld/ Tom Marquand)
Useful handicapper who proved better than ever in this sphere when winning a 2m handicap at the Curragh in June. Has failed to land a blow in two subsequent starts, but this mark should not be beyond him and testing ground isn't a problem.

12. Coeur de Lion (Alan King/ Thore Hammer Hansen (3))
Likeable stayer who has hit the frame in a host of staying handicaps and gained a notable victory in the Ascot Stakes (2½m) in June, relishing the emphasis on stamina. Made no impact from this 3 lb higher mark at Goodwood, however, and has disappointed in this race for the last two seasons, so others are preferred.

13. Rajinsky (Tom Dascombe/ Richard Kingscote)
Has edged up the weights without winning this season, finishing runner-up in three successive handicaps, including the Marsh Cup at Newbury. Can be forgiven a mid-field finish in the Old Borough Cup last time when failing to secure a clear run, and it would be no surprise were he to launch a bold bid.

14. Whirling Dervish (Gavin Crowmwell/ Kieran O'Neill)
Unraced on the Flat since joining this yard from Jessica Harrington but has shown fairly useful form over hurdles, winning a 2m maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan in August. Fairly treated based on his second to subsequent Ebor winner Mustajeer in a 1½m listed race at Naas in 2018.

15. Australis (Roger Varian/ Jack Mitchell)
Bounced back to his best when making all to win a 2m handicap at Chelmsford last month, adding to other good efforts on the all-weather, including a second in the Northumberland Plate in June. Doesn't appear as effective on turf, however, and a penalty makes life difficult here.

16. Just Hubert (William Muir/ PJ McDonald)
Progressed steadily last season, winning three times during a productive campaign, and has been in good heart this term, notably landing a 2½m handicap at Goodwood in July, relishing his first attempt at a marathon trip. Good effort when chasing home a progressive three-year-old in a 2m handicap at the same course last time, and he should give a good account, for all he might come up just short against better-treated rivals.

17. Mondain (Mark Johnston/ Andrea Atzeni)
Made the most of a good opportunity at Ayr last month, landing a 2m1½f handicap by five and a half lengths to extend his unbeaten record over 2m or further (three from three at such trips). This is much more competitive and he must carry a 4 lb penalty, but he handles soft ground and should be suited by the test of stamina so is tough to rule out.

18. Jukebox Jive (Gavin Cromwell/ Dougie Costello)
Snapped a long losing run on first start for this yard at Naas (1¾m, heavy) in November. Disappointed over hurdles the following month, however, and has not been seen since.

19. Blue Laureate (Ian Williams/ Rossa Ryan)
Has looked as good as ever this term, albeit only averagely handicapped, and his latest run at York was below par. Others make more appeal.

20. Lynwood Gold (Jessica Harrington/ Shane Foley)
Dual-purpose performer who was a good second behind a promising mare in a 2½m novice hurdle at Listowel last month. Had previously been in decent heart on the Flat, notably winning a 1¾m handicap at the Curragh in July before finishing third off a 7 lb higher mark in a 1½m handicap at Galway won by Princess Zoe. Handles testing ground and is unexposed as a stayer on the Flat, so is of interest.

21. Smart Champion (David Simcock/ Stevie Donohoe)
Consistent sort who has finished in the frame on his last three outings, including over this C&D in the Cesarewitch Trial last month. Ran a typical race last time, making late headway without really threatening, and he looks summed up by his mark.

22. Coltrane (Andrew Balding/ Oisin Murphy)
Progressive colt who completed a hat-trick when winning the Melrose (1¾m) by four lengths at York, relishing the emphasis on stamina in what became a thorough test at the trip due to a strong pace on easing ground. Has an 11 lb higher mark to contend with which doesn't leave him looking obviously well treated, but he's a lightly-raced improver who should have more to offer over this stiffer test. Leading contender.

23. Arthurian Fable (Brian Meehan/ William Buick)
Flopped when beating only one rival home in a 1¾m handicap at Haydock last time, but that was his first disappointing effort of the campaign and he may have found the race coming too soon after he'd posted a big effort when a four-length second to Coltrane in the Melrose at York. Boasts a largely
progressive profile and has a good attitude so no surprise if he returns to form over a trip that promises to suit.

24. Author's Dream (William Knight/ Megan Nicholls (3))
Having a good season, winning twice, including when seen to good effect in a small field at Lingfield latest. Has struggled off this sort of mark in the past, however.

25. Great White Shark (Willie Mullins/ Jason Watson)
Never threatened to reach a challenging position when well backed for this last season, but looks to be on a fair mark and she caught the eye in the big amateur riders' handicap at the Galway Festival in July, only beaten two lengths in seventh having made plenty of ground off a steady gallop. Won a 2m7f handicap hurdle in good style later at the Galway Festival, seeing out the trip well on soft ground, and is an interesting contender.

26. True Destiny (Roger Charlton/ Adam McNamara)
Without a win this season but has posted plenty of good efforts in defeat, including when runner-up on the all-weather on his last two starts. Stamina is his forte, so this race should play to his strengths.

27. Mukha Magic (Gay Kelleway/ Callum Hutchinson (7))
Has been holding form well this season and was a good second back on fibresand on Tuesday but others look better handicapped.

28. Vis A Vis (Neil Mulholland/ Darragh Keenan (3))
Useful stayer at his best and twice finished runner-up over hurdles last spring. However, he has been well held on both starts on the Flat this season after 16 months off.

29. Leoncavallo (David Pipe/ Andrew Mullen)
Useful hurdler for Richard Newland who ran well on his debut for this yard (first start on the Flat since 2016) when runner-up in a 1¾m handicap at Sandown in June, only edged out on the line. Easily won a novice chase before making the most of a good opportunity in a 1¾m handicap at Haydock, scoring by four and three-quarter lengths with plenty in hand. Still on a fair mark after a 7 lb rise in the weights and, proven over this trip and on testing ground, should give a good account.

30. Lever du Soleil (Gavin Cromwell/ Jamie Gormley)
Lightly raced on the Flat for this yard but is progressive and has been holding his form well over jumps this year. Did struggle in the Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh last season, though.

31. Mutadaffeq (Gavin Cromwell/ Nicola Currie)
Showed a determined attitude to win a 2m handicap at the Curragh in June, staying on well to get up on the line. Can be excused only subsequent start on the Flat when badly hampered in the big amateur riders' handicap at Galway, but has disappointed over hurdles and fences the last twice so now has something to prove.

32. Takarengo (Thomas Mullins/ John Egan)
Finished last season on the up, winning a heavy-ground maiden at Roscommon (1½m) before landing a Leopardstown handicap (1½m) by four and a quarter lengths. Unsuccessful on six Flat starts this season, but took a step back in the right direction when fourth at Killarney last week and looks to be on a fair mark. Has stamina to prove but should appreciate this sort of test.

33. Gold Arch (William Knight/ Jimmy Quinn)
All four wins have come at Wolverhampton, the latest in June. Just as effective on turf but not straightforward and needs things to drop right.

34. Mr Chua (Michael Scudamore/ Nicky Mackay)
Progressive on the Flat and showed a fine attitude to complete a double at Lingfield. Beaten only by progressive three-year-olds both starts since so could out-run big odds.

35. Lightly Squeeze (RESERVE)
Useful handicap hurdler who progressed well last season (every chance when fell last in Betfair Hurdle). Shaped well back on the Flat when third at Haydock but 3 lb out of weights here. RESERVE.

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