The iconic Cesarewitch Handicap takes places at Newmarket on Saturday afternoon and, if recent trends are anything to go by, one of the leading National Hunt yards may scoop the prize.

While that may be true, it could also pay to back Arc-winning rider Luke Morris for another big-race win as he partners lively outsider Call My Bluff in the Newmarket showpiece.

  • Cesarewitch Selection: Call My Bluff @ 18/1
  • Next Best: Run For Oscar @ 7/2
  • Each-Way: Baby Zeus @ 12/1

Jumps boys domination at Newmarket

Newmarket is the home of Flat racing in Britain and the iconic Cesarewitch is amongst the most famous of its handicaps run each year, but a recent rundown of the honour’ list in this two-and-a-quarter-mile marathon that begins in Cambridgeshire and crosses into Suffolk make it look more like a Cheltenham Festival race.

Since 2014, Philip Hobbs, Alan King, Willie Mullins (three times) and Nicky Henderson have ensured that six of the eight renewals have gone the way of yards more commonly associated with jumps racing (certainly the case for King in 2015 when Grumeti won, if less so now).

Mullins’ hopes of a remarkable fourth successive win were thwarted last year when Buzz won for Henderson, the Closutton chief accounting for runner-up Burning Victory.

Henderson’s Ahorsewithnoname is 7/2 this time around and has Ryan Moore for company. The mare is 4-5 previously on the Flat, scoring by a wide margin at York in May with runner-up Master Millner advertising that form via wins at Kempton and Goodwood in July.

Mullins, as is his wont, comes here with multi-faceted challenge. Champion jockey-elect William Buick is on 12/1 Baby Zeus, while Jason Watson will hope 11/1 Scaramanga can carry him to this third Cesarewitch in four years for this yard and Saffie Osborne’s claim sees 11/1 Gibraltar carrying a mere 8st 2lb.

Watson’s record in the race is good but Buick was second last time and Baby Zeus is very interesting upped in trip by the master-trainer now.

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Morris can Bluff past star names

Luke Morris will still be on the crest of a wave after his Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe success on Aplinista last Sunday and he could be boasting another big-race success now with 18/1 chance CALL MY BLUFF for trainer Dominic Ffrench-Davis.

The five-year-old is a strong stayer, as evidenced by wins at Pontefract (2m2f, soft) and over two-miles at the likes of Goodwood, Nottingham and Chester so far in his career.

He’s not had a lot of racing but boasts four wins and five more placed efforts from just a dozen starts on turf.

One of those placed efforts came over C&D last month in a trial for this race, when he was seen to good effect late in the piece, which bodes well for this.

He’s off the same mark now, having since been an unlucky second at Chester off a pound higher. As such, he appears to be lurking on a good rating with stamina assured.

Oscar-winning performance possible

A win for Irish trainer Charles Byrnes would go down as another score for the jumps boys in all probability and his Run For Oscar has been well supported in the betting this week, ensuring he’s 7/2 for the Cesarewitch.

David Egan rides and Run For Oscar’s prominence here owes plenty to his easy Sunday Series win over two miles at Haydock in August.

A three-times hurdles winner, he’d caught the eye at the Curragh in June when third over the same trip and he came out of the pack at Haydock to swallow up long-time leader Haizoom before extending away to win by four-lengths.

He is rated 8lb higher now and in a tougher contest, but he’s far from exposed in this code and looks set for a big performance in pursuit of the £103k Newmarket payout.

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