Detroit City battled to victory in the totesport Cesarewitch to complete the autumn double for Jamie Spencer.
The champion jockey, who won the Cambridgeshire on Formal Decree two weeks ago, brought the 9-2 favourite home to a famous victory in the marathon handicap.
Trained by Philip Hobbs and owned by Terry Warner, the grey got the better of Inchnadamph (25-1) by a length, with Dr Sharp (100-1) two lengths away in third and Ski Jump (25-1) fourth.
Dr Sharp took the field along at a good pace with Boxhall, Full House and the hard-pulling Barathea Blazer also close up.
As they made the one and only turn about a mile and a quarter from the finish, Monolith moved into second place while Dr Sharp kept up the good gallop.
The challengers queued up four furlongs out with Key Time, Dont Call Me Derek and Inchnadamph all putting in their bids.
However, Detroit City burst into contention a furlong and a half out and the Triumph Hurdle winner soon headed Inchnadamph, who improved by one place on his third last year.
Spencer said: "He is a treat to ride. It wasn't as much hard work as it looked, it was just they were going so slow and I was a bit annoyed with myself for getting hemmed in on the rail.
"But once he found a bit of room he picked up and was always going
to get there."
Competitive totesport Cesarewitch 2006 10/10/06
A typically competitive £150,000 totesport Cesarewich on Champions' Day at Newmarket on Saturday, October 14 (2.50pm) is in prospect with 36 horses going forward for the famous two and a quarter mile handicap, headed by Baddam, successful in both the Ascot Stakes and the marathon Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot this season. Detroit City, winner of the Triumph Hurdle at the 2006 Cheltenham Festival, is the current ante-post favourite having confirmed his well being with a smooth success in a charity race at Chepstow on Saturday. The totesport Cesarewitch is one of the few handicaps to have eluded Sir Mark Prescott although the Heath House handler looks to have a live contender this year in the shape of Key Time, winner of the Goodwood Stakes on his penultimate appearance.
THE totesport CESAREWITCH (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
36 entries remain at five-day confirmation stage
Latest totesport betting
Each-way 1/4 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Finalmente to contest totesport Cesarewitch 28/09/06
Improving stayer Finalmente has been given the green light to contest the £150,000 totesport Cesarewitch, run over two miles and two furlongs at Newmarket on Champions' Day, Saturday, October 14.
The four-year-old son of Kahyasi has landed three of his five starts this term and followed a luckless run in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle by capturing a valuable two-mile handicap on the Polytrack at Lingfield on July 15, defeating Elusive Dream by a neck.
"Finalmente is a definite runner in the totesport Cesarewitch -
it's been his aim for some time," revealed Simon Callaghan, son
of trainer Neville, this morning.
"He won a decent race at Lingfield over two miles last time and
only got up in the final strides, so I think the additional distance
and easier surface will suit him.
"We have given him a break since his last race, which was always the plan, and he has done very well in the interim. We're very pleased with him."
Despite the prospect of a welter burden in the totesport Cesarewitch
- Finalmente has 9st 8lb moment - Callaghan is confident of a big run
from his father's charge, currently rated a 14/1 chance by the sponsors
for the prestigious handicap.
"He's rated 101, so he's at the top end of the weights, but he's
a very progressive horse. It's obviously a very competitive race but
he would have a live each-way chance.
"Finalmente is an improving stayer on the upgrade, and in the future we hope that he could be Listed or even Group class. He will run very well in the totesport Cesarewitch."
49 Left In totesport Cesarewitch 28/09/06
A total of 49 entries have been received for the £150,000 totesport Cesarewitch, run over two miles and two furlongs on Champions' Day.
The weights are headed by Baddam on 9st 10lb, twice successful at Royal Ascot in June, while the enigmatic Winged d'Argent has been allotted 9st 9lb and Finalmente, successful three times this season, is set to carry 9st 8lb.
Dorothy's Friend (9st 3lb) won over two miles at Ascot's Shergar
Cup meeting in August, Detroit City (9st 1lb) captured the Triumph Hurdle at
the Cheltenham Festival in March, Leg Spinner (8st 12lb) scored at Royal Ascot
at York in 2005 and made a low-key comeback over hurdles at Listowel earlier
this month, and Key Time (8st 9lb) has scored five times this year already
over staying trips.
Golden Quest Tops totesport Cesarewitch Weights 31/08/06
Golden Quest is set to carry top-weight of 9st 10lb as he heads a 78-strong
entry for the £150,000 totesport Cesarewitch, run over two and a
quarter miles at Newmarket, on Saturday, October 14, 2006.
Mark Johnston won the prestigious heritage handicap in 1998 with Spirit
Of Love and again in 2004 with Contact Dancer, who is set to carry 8st
7lb this year. Golden Quest, second to Distinction in the 2005 Group Two
Goodwood Cup, is one of a six-strong entry for the Kingsley House trainer,
which also includes Winged d'Argent (9st 6lb), McEldowney (8st 5lb), Quizzene
(7st 13lb) and Doctor Scott (7st 6lb).
Sir Mark Prescott has five engaged, including Elusive Dream (9st 7lb),
who was fifth to Sergeant Cecil in 2005, the prolific winner, Key Time
(8st 6lb and 12/1 joint-favourite), Liberate (7st 6lb) and Warsaw Pact
The Mick Channon-trained Baddam made history when completing the Ascot
Stakes/Queen Alexandra Stakes double at the Royal meeting in June and could
bid to add another major staying prize under 9st 7lb, while stablemate
Desert Move has 8st 13lb.
Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has five engaged in a bid to land his
first totesport Cesarewitch, including Northern Splendour (9st 6lb), Sunday
Symphony (9st 2lb), Red Admiral (8st 10lb), Scriptwriter (8st 9lb) and
Zabeel Palace (8st 5lb).
Zeroberto (7st 7lb and 12/1 joint-favourite) landed a gamble over hurdles
at Galway in July and Dermot Weld could send the six-year-old across the
Irish Sea. He may be joined by the Tony Martin-trained Leg Spinner (8st
9lb), who was last seen defeating Golden Quest by a head in the Ascot Stakes
at York in June 2005.
Amanda Perrett's three-strong entry consists of Bulwark (9st 7lb), fourth
to Sergeant Cecil in the Group Two Lonsdale Cup at York last time, Orange
Touch (9st 4lb) and Sir Monty (7st 11lb).
Vinando finished third in the race last season and Charles Egerton's charge has 9st 4lb, while 2001 victor and Cesarewitch regular Distant Prospect is allotted 7st 11lb as he attempts to give the Andrew/Ian Balding stable its third victory in the race, having also saddled Top Cees to success in 1999. Callaghan's progressive Finalmente has 9st 5lb.
River Alhaarth was a good fifth in the totesport Ebor at York and has
8st 9lb, while those behind him that day include Lets Roll (8st 7lb), Odiham
(8st 12lb) and Shergar Cup Stayers' winner, Dorothy's Friend (9st).
Philip Hobbs could run Triumph Hurdle hero Detroit City (8st 12lb) along
with Noble Request (8st 13lb), while Len Lungo has a trio headed by 2004
Northumberland Plate winner Mirjan (8st 8lb).
Swift Sailor (9st 4lb) heads Gary Moore's trio that also includes Cold
Turkey (8st 13lb) and Honduras (8st 12lb), while David Elsworth relies
on Saint Alebe (8st 10lb), last seen winning the 2003 totesport Ebor, and
John Gosden could run Group Three Queen's Vase third, Ermine Sea (8st 1lb).
The Eric Libaud-trained Sentry Duty (8st 10lb) and John Hammond's Hitaaf
(7st 13lb) may represent France.
Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course at Newmarket, commented: "Newmarket's two eagerly awaited autumn Saturdays, totesport Cambridgeshire Day on September 30 and Champions' Day on October 14, will once again be greatly enriched by each staging a leg of the historic 'autumn double.' These two great handicaps never fail to deliver high class, ultra-competitive fields on the day and, judging by these tremendous entries, the 2006 renewals look sure to follow that trend."
THE totesport CESAREWITCH (HERITAGE HANDICAP)
Form Horse Age Weight Owner Trainer
78 entries, 3 Irish-trained, 2 French-trained
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