Friday September 22
Another bronze medal for the game and consistent William Hunter at Yarmouth on Thursday, but we are back in East Anglia tomorrow seeking gold with a three-pronged attack on Newmarket’s £50,000 Cesarewitch Trial.
Owner Henry Ponsonby is hopeful for a big run from Who Dares Wins (Tom Marquand), whose stamina is proven, the five-year-old already having finished third in an Ascot Stakes and fourth in a Chester Cup this season.
He’ll relish going back up in trip, having been unsuited by a slow-run race over a shorter distance at Chester last time.
The more the ground dries up the better for Oceane (Fergus Sweeney, who finished only ninth when favourite for this race 12 months ago.
Oceane, carrying the same colours as did Grumeti two years ago when winning the Cesarewitch itself at 50-1, ran a blinder to finish seventh, beaten little more than three lengths, at York last time, and Alan is convinced that he would have been right there at the end had the heavens not opened on the Knavesmire.
Our third runner is Coeur de Lion, who was a useful juvenile hurdler and ran a stormer to finish seventh in the Triumph Hurdle at last season’s Cheltenham Festival, only flagging going to the final flight.
In contrast to Oceane, Coeur de Lion (Hollie Doyle) would be fine on the prevailing good to soft ground and would actually appreciate more rain falling at HQ, being a confirmed mudlark. He won well in the soft at Nottingham in May and has enjoyed a summer break after his spell of hurdling.