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Cesarewitch Handicap

Handicap race
Cesarewitch Handicap
Location Rowley Mile
Newmarket, England
Inaugurated 1839
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Totesport
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance 2m 2f (3,621 metres)
Track Turf, right-hand "L"
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £160,000 (2009)
1st: £99,696

The Cesarewitch Handicap is a flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Newmarket over a distance of 2 miles and 2 furlongs (3,621 metres), and the latter part is on the Rowley Mile. It is scheduled to take place each year in October.

The event was established in 1839, and the inaugural running was won by Cruiskeen. The name "Cesarewitch" is an anglicised version of Tsesarevich, the title of the heir to the throne in Imperial Russia. The race was named in honour of Tsesarevich Alexander (later Tsar Alexander II), after he had donated £300 to the Jockey Club. It was founded in the same year as another major handicap at Newmarket, the Cambridgeshire. The two events came to be known as the "Autumn Double".

The Cesarewitch initially took place before the Cambridgeshire, but the schedule was later reversed and it is now held two weeks after the other race. Three horses completed the double in the 19th century — Rosebery (1876), Foxhall (1881) and Plaisanterie (1885) — but since then the feat has been rarely attempted.

The Cesarewitch Handicap is usually contested by a large field, and the maximum number of runners is currently 34. It is now staged on Champions' Day – the second day of Newmarket's two-day Champions' Meeting.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse:

  • no horse has won this race more than once

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Doug SmithCanatrice (1939), French Design (1954), Sandiacre (1957), Come to Daddy (1959), Alcove (1960), Persian Lancer (1966)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • William Day – Haco (1853), Dulcibella (1860), Thalestris (1864), Foxhall (1881)
  • Mathew Dawson – Lioness (1863), Julius (1867), Salvanos (1872), Stone Clink (1886)

Winners since 1974

  • Weights given in stones and pounds.

Year

Winner

Age

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

SP

Time
1974 Ocean King 8 7-07 Tommy Carter Arthur Pitt 025.0025/1
1975 Shantallah 3 8-10 Brian Taylor Harry Wragg 007.007/1
1976 John Cherry 5 9-13 Lester Piggott Jeremy Tree 006.5013/2
1977 Assured 4 8-04 Philip Waldron Henry Candy 010.0010/1
1978 Centurion 3 9-08 John Matthias Ian Balding 004.509/2 F
1979 Sir Michael 3 7-08 Mark Rimmer Geoff Huffer 010.0010/1
1980 Popsi's Joy 4 8-06 Lester Piggott Michael Haynes 010.0010/1
1981 Halsbury 3 8-04 Joe Mercer Peter Walwyn 014.0014/1
1982 Mountain Lodge 3 7-10 Willie Carson John Dunlop 009.009/1
1983 Bajan Sunshine 4 8-08 Brian Rouse Rod Simpson 007.007/1 JF
1984 Tom Sharp 4 7-05 Steve Dawson Walter Wharton 040.0040/1
1985 Kayudee 5 8-01 Tony Murray Jimmy FitzGerald 007.007/1
1986 Orange Hill [1] 4 7-09 Richard Fox Jeremy Tree 020.0020/1
1987 Private Audition 5 7-09 Gary Carter Mark Tompkins 050.0050/1 3:59.05
1988 Nomadic Way 3 7-09 Willie Carson Barry Hills 006.006/1 JF 4:00.61
1989 Double Dutch 5 9-10 Billy Newnes Brooke Sanders 007.5015/2 3:51.32
1990 Trainglot 3 7-12 Willie Carson Jimmy FitzGerald 006.5013/2 3:50.90
1991 Go South 7 7-11 Nicky Carlisle John Jenkins 033.0033/1 3:52.76
1992 Vintage Crop 5 9-06 Walter Swinburn Dermot Weld 005.005/1 F 3:49.16
1993 Aahsaylad 7 8-12 John Williams John White 012.0012/1 3:59.52
1994 Captain's Guest 4 9-09 Tony Clark Guy Harwood 025.0025/1 3:56.79
1995 Old Red 5 7-11 Lindsay Charnock Mary Reveley 011.0011/1 3:52.62
1996 Inchcailloch 7 7-03 Royston Ffrench Jeff King 020.0020/1 3:51.17
1997 Turnpole 6 7-10 Lindsay Charnock Mary Reveley 016.0016/1 3:53.56
1998 Spirit of Love 3 8-08 Olivier Peslier Mark Johnston 011.0011/1 3:51.23
1999 Top Cees [1] 9 8-10 Kieren Fallon Ian Balding 007.007/1 3:40.30
2000 Heros Fatal 6 8-01 Gary Carter Martin Pipe 011.0011/1 3:54.91
2001 Distant Prospect 4 8-08 Martin Dwyer Ian Balding 014.0014/1 4:00.27
2002 Miss Fara 7 8-00 Ryan Moore Martin Pipe 012.0012/1 3:51.22
2003 Landing Light 8 9-04 Pat Eddery Nicky Henderson 012.0012/1 3:52.33
2004 Contact Dancer 5 8-02 Royston Ffrench Mark Johnston 016.0016/1 3:58.52
2005 Sergeant Cecil 6 9-08 Alan Munro Rod Millman 010.0010/1 3:54.79
2006 Detroit City 4 9-01 Jamie Spencer Philip Hobbs 004.509/2 F 3:57.84
2007 Leg Spinner 6 8-11 Johnny Murtagh Tony Martin 014.0014/1 3:54.13
2008 Caracciola 11 9-06 Eddie Ahern Nicky Henderson 050.0050/1 3:48.30
2009 Darley Sun 3 8-06 Andrea Atzeni David Simcock 004.509/2 F 3:50.27

1 The 1986 and 1999 editions were held on Newmarket's July Course over a slightly shorter distance.

Earlier winners

  • 1839 - Cruiskeen
  • 1840 - Clarion
  • 1841 - Iliona
  • 1842 - Arcanus
  • 1843 - Corranna
  • 1846 - Wit's End
  • 1847 - Caurouch
  • 1848 - The Cur
  • 1849 - Legerdemain
  • 1850 - Glauca
  • 1851 - Mrs Taft
  • 1852 - Weathergage
  • 1853 - Haco
  • 1854 - Muscovite
  • 1855 - Mr Sykes
  • 1856 - Vengeance
  • 1857 - Prioress *
  • 1858 - Rocket
  • 1859 - Artless
  • 1860 - Dulcibella
  • 1861 - Audrey
  • 1862 - Hartington
  • 1863 - Lioness
  • 1864 - Thalestris
  • 1865 - Salpinctes
  • 1866 - Lecturer
  • 1867 - Julius
  • 1868 - Cecil
  • 1869 - Cherie
  • 1870 - Cardinal York
  • 1871 - Corisande
  • 1872 - Salvanos
  • 1873 - King Lud
  • 1874 - Aventuriere
  • 1875 - Duke of Parma
  • 1876 - Rosebery
  • 1877 - Hilarious
  • 1878 - Jester
  • 1879 - Chippendale
  • 1880 - Robert the Devil
  • 1881 - Foxhall
  • 1882 - Corrie Roy
  • 1883 - Don Juan
  • 1884 - St. Gatien
  • 1886 - Stone Clink
  • 1887 - Humewood
  • 1888 - Tenebreuse
  • 1889 - Primrose Day
  • 1890 - Sheen
  • 1891 - Ragimunde
  • 1892 - Burnaby
  • 1893 - Cypria / Red Eyes *
  • 1894 - Childwick
  • 1895 - Rockdove
  • 1896 - St. Bris
  • 1897 - Merman
  • 1898 - Chaleureux
  • 1899 - Scintillant
  • 1900 - Clarehaven
  • 1901 - Balsarroch
  • 1902 - Black Sand
  • 1903 - Grey Tick
  • 1904 - Wargrave
  • 1905 - Hammerkop
  • 1906 - Mintagon
  • 1907 - Demure
  • 1908 - Yentoi
  • 1909 - Submit
  • 1910 - Verney
  • 1911 - Willonyx
  • 1912 - Warlingham
  • 1913 - Fiz Yama
  • 1914 - Troubadour
  • 1916 - Sanctum
  • 1917 - Furore
  • 1918 - Air Raid
  • 1919 - Ivanhoe
  • 1920 - Bracket
  • 1921 - Yutoi
  • 1922 - Light Dragoon
  • 1923 - Rose Prince
  • 1924 - Charley's Mount
  • 1925 - Forseti
  • 1926 - Myra Gray
  • 1927 - Eagle's Pride
  • 1928 - Arctic Star
  • 1929 - West Wicklow
  • 1930 - Ut Majeur
  • 1931 - Noble Star
  • 1932 - Nitsichin
  • 1933 - Seminole
  • 1934 - Enfield
  • 1935 - Near Relation
  • 1936 - Fet
  • 1937 - Punch
  • 1938 - Contrevent
  • 1939 - Canatrice
  • 1940 - Hunter's Moon
  • 1941 - Filator
  • 1942 - no race
  • 1943 - Germanicus
  • 1944 - no race
  • 1945 - Kerry Piper
  • 1946 - Monsieur l'Amiral
  • 1947 - Whiteway
  • 1948 - Woodburn
  • 1949 - Strathspey
  • 1950 - Above Board
  • 1951 - Three Cheers
  • 1952 - Flush Royal
  • 1953 - Chantry
  • 1954 - French Design
  • 1955 - Curry
  • 1956 - Prelone
  • 1957 - Sandiacre
  • 1958 - Morecambe
  • 1959 - Come to Daddy
  • 1960 - Alcove
  • 1961 - Avon's Pride
  • 1962 - Golden Fire
  • 1963 - Utrillo
  • 1964 - Grey of Falloden
  • 1965 - Mintmaster
  • 1966 - Persian Lancer
  • 1967 - Boismoss
  • 1968 - Major Rose
  • 1969 - Floridian
  • 1970 - Scoria
  • 1971 - Orosio
  • 1972 - Cider with Rosie
  • 1973 - Flash Imp

* The 1857 running finished as a three-way dead-heat, but it was decided by a run-off.
* The 1893 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

References


  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 215. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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