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Cesarewitch: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

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The Cesarewitch takes place at Newmarket on Saturday
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1. Who Dares Wins (Alan King/Angus Villiers (7))
Has often been the bridesmaid in big staying handicaps but finally landed one when a narrow winner of Northumberland Plate at Newcastle in June. Ran as well as could have been expected when fourth in Prix du Cadran at Longchamp at the weekend and should give another good account.

2. Cypress Creek (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore)
Group 3 winner over 2m at Naas as a three-year-old. Has struggled this season in face of some stiff tasks, and vulnerable to improvers switched to a handicap.

3. Sneaky Getaway (Emmet Mullins/Ronan Whelan)
Useful bumper winner and quickly reached a similar level on the Flat, winning Leopardstown maiden and 2m Tramore handicap this summer. Out of his depth in Doncaster Cup last time and looks high enough in the weights back in a handicap.

4. Stratum (Willie Mullins/Jason Watson)
Had little luck in running when favourite for last season's Ebor at York, and shaped much better than the bare result in this race next time, ultimately shaping as if amiss. Generally running well over both codes this term (smart hurdler) and no surprise if he played a big part.

5. Dubawi Fifty (Karen McLintock/Adam Kirby)
Fine second in last season's Ascot Stakes and ran a screamer when only just denied in Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on return. Easy to forgive next run and unsuited by the emphasis on speed at York when last seen. This should play more to his strengths (fourth in this in 2017).

6. Eddystone Rock (John Best/Kieren Fox)
Winner at Leicester and Chester in the spring and best efforts for a while when winning back-to-back handicaps at Ascot and York in August. Suited by the emphasis on speed at latter track, however, and will find this an altogether different test.

7. Time To Study (Ian Williams/Cieren Fallon (3))
Big step back in the right direction when third in the Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot and finally built on that to win last two starts, notably the Old Borough Cup at Haydock five weeks ago. Stays extremely well and remains on a handy mark on peak form, so needs to be taken seriously.

8. Buildmeupbuttercup (Willie Mullins/Frankie Dettori)
Bumper/hurdles winner who ran a cracker when runner-up in Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot on Flat debut for this yard, finishing strongly from well off the pace. Easily landed the odds in maiden at Galway next time before conceding first run to a subsequent winner when a close second in valuable handicap at Leopardstown. Ticks plenty of boxes for this contest.

9. Carnwennan (Charlie Fellowes/Stevie Donohoe)
Useful handicapper who recorded hat-trick at York and Chelmsford in May and Newcastle (by three and a half lengths from Rare Groove) in June. Soon back to form when three lengths fifth to Eddystone Rock at York last time but this much tougher.

10. Not So Sleepy (Hughie Morrison/Connor Beasley)
Runner-up four times in 2018, and best effort this season when second at Nottingham (two and three quarter lengths behind Laafy) in August. Beaten fair and square by Time To Study at Haydock last time, though.

11. Rainbow Dreamer (Alan King/Jim Crowley)
Useful handicapper who won at Southwell in February. Off seven months, and probably better for run when eight and three quarter lengths eighth to Time To Study at Haydock last time, one paced after effort three furlongs out. Entitled to get closer to that rival now.

12. Couer de Lion (Alan King/Shane Foley)
Thorough stayer who held his form well since his wide-margin win at Chester in May, beaten only by a better-handicapped pair in valuable handicap at Newbury when last seen in July. Others remain better treated.

13. Hermoso Mundo (Hughie Morrison/Sean Levey)
Won trio of Grade 3 events in South Africa in 2017. Fourth in listed race at Sandown (10 and a half lengths behind Falcon Eight) in July, and respectable three and three quarter lengths fifth to Summer Moon in handicap at Yarmouth last time, short of room under three furlongs out. Softer ground a concern here.

14. Billy Ray (Mick Channon/Scott McCullagh (5))
Won at Salisbury (maiden) and Redcar in 2018. Second in JLT Cup at Newbury (one and three quarter lengths behind Withhold) in July, and seemed unsuited by conditions when only 20 lengths ninth to Eddystone Rock at Ascot last time, ridden over two furlongs out and no response. Easier ground here a plus.

15. Themaxwecan (Mark Johnston/James Doyle)
Steadily progressive three-year-old who took his form to another level when winning 2m handicap at Goodwood last time. However, that wasn't a competitive race for the grade and probably needs to take another big step forward.

16. Garbanzo (Ed Walker/Liam Keniry)
Useful handicapper who won at Kempton (by neck from The Pinto Kid) in August. Respectable six and a quarter lengths fifth to Time To Study at Haydock last time, plugging on. Longer trip in his favour.

17. Sovereign Duke (Henry Candy/Harry Bentley)
Won minor event at Kempton in 2018. Good one and a half lengths second to Charles Kingsley after nine weeks off in handicap at Newmarket last time, keeping on. Likely to be suited by this longer trip, and could have more to offer.

18. Great White Shark (Willie Mullins/William Buick)
Generally progressive over hurdles (3m winner) for this yard though disappointed last time. Won in decisive fashion at Galway when last seen on the Flat in July and remains unexposed in this sphere, particularly for this stable. One to bear in mind.

19. Coeur Blimey (Susan Gardner/Shane Kelly)
Not seen since well held in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot but beat Coeur de Lion and Who Dares Wins over this trip in a handicap at Newbury in the spring and can't be dismissed out of hand off only 3 lb higher.

20. Ranch Hand (Andrew Balding/Oisin Murphy)
Winner of his first two starts (on fibresand) and didn't shape too badly in a couple of Group 3s at Lingfield and Newmarket (July Course). Showed improved form to make a winning start in handicaps at Haydock last month, suited by the step up in trip and seeming to relish the easy ground, too. Shapes as though this sort of test will suit and is one of the least exposed in the field.

21. Mr Everest (Tony Martin/John Egan)
Won a couple of handicaps on the Flat last autumn and was a good third in Irish Cesarewitch at Navan in between, beaten only by a pair that were more prominently positioned in a steadily-run race. Just the one run on the level since (down the field on comeback at Galway in July) but has been in good form over hurdles. Interesting contender.

22. Timoshenko (Sir Mark Prescott/Luke Morris)
Hasn't looked back since sent handicapping last season, making it five out of five when edging out the now-smart Austrian School at Musselburgh on his final three-year-old start. Off the track 12 months prior to his return at Glorious Goodwood but took another step forward to continue the winning sequence in 2½m handicap, finding plenty. A more galloping track like Newmarket should play to his strengths (stamina very much his forte) and should have even more to offer. Leading player.

23. Sensational (William Knight/Kieran O'Neill)
Won at Wolverhampton in April and Sandown (by one and a half lengths from Diocletian) in June. Second at Goodwood (neck behind Timoshenko) in July, and creditable two and a half lengths fourth to Alright Sunshine at Ayr last time, carrying head awkwardly and looking half-hearted.

24. Summer Moon (Mark Johnston/Franny Norton)
Useful handicapper who won at Windsor and York (by four lengths from Laafy) both in May. Seen to advantage after eight weeks off when also won 8-runner event at Yarmouth last time by 1¼ lengths from Protected Guest, having run of race

25. Rochester House (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning)
Won minor event at Pontefract in April, and handicaps at Beverley in July and Catterick (by seven lengths from Piedita) in August. Creditable seven and a half lengths eleventh to Hamish in Melrose Stakes (Handicap) at York last time. Has been gelded since and not ruled out.

26. Great Trango (David Harry Kelly/Wayne Lordan)
Won handicap at Galway (by five and a half lengths from Bronagh's Belle) in 2018. Fit from jumps and respectable seven and a half lengths eighth of 20 to Great White Shark in amateurs handicap there in July. Has since looked better than ever when winning over hurdles in August and interesting to see how he fares here.

27. Party Playboy (Anthony Mullins/Niall McCullagh)
Fairly useful maiden on the Flat and fifth in handicap at Goodwood (three and a quarter lengths behind Timoshenko) in July. One and a half lengths second of 10 to Presto in maiden at Gowran last time, no extra final 100 yards and clear of rest, but hard to fancy here.

28. Nuits St Georges (David Menuisier/George Wood)
Won at Nottingham in May and Goodwood (by length from Orin Swift) in June. Shaped well after six weeks off when seven lengths second to Blue Laureate at Ffos Las last time, racing closer to pace than ideal. Consistent type who is likely to give it his best shot once more.

29. Darksideoftarnside (Ian Williams/Gabriele Malune (3))
Took advantage of a dip in the weights when winning at Ffos Las in August and ran right up to his best when a close second in 2m handicap at Ascot (heavy) last week. Races off the same mark here, but seems to need very testing conditions to be seen at his best.

30. Graceful Lady (Robert Eddery/Andrew Breslin (5))
Won at Newmarket (by six lengths from Gwafa) in August. Second at Chepstow (neck behind Charlie D) later that month, but below form when 13 and a quarter lengths sevent to Land of Oz at former course last time, weakening over two furlongs out out after racing freely. Work to do.

31. Land of Oz (Sir Mark Prescott/David Egan)
Typical improver in handicaps for this yard, winning six of his last seven starts (defeat came when a gallant third in the Melrose at York), the latest success coming in the Cesarewitch Trial over C&D three weeks ago, travelling strongly throughout and having something to spare. Very likely to sneak into this now under a double penalty and rates a serious player with further improvement on the cards.

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