Morrison’s Cesarewitch trio
Trainer Hughie Morrison is planning a three-horse raid on the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket on Saturday week.
Sweet Selection (right): One of Morrison's three possible Cesarewitch contenders.
The East Ilsley intends to run Sweet Selection, Star Rider and Fun Mac after 76 stood their ground on Wednesday in the two-and-a-quarter-mile test, for which a maximum field of 34 is allowed.
All three of Morrison's entries should make the cut with Sweet Selection the lightest-weighted of them on 8st 1lb.
The four-year-old completed a hat-trick of handicap wins during the summer and was far from disgraced when fifth in the Doncaster Cup.
"If asked to pick the best handicapped of the trio, the only answer would be Sweet Selection but she will still need to be in the form of her life is she is going to win a handicap of this magnitude," he said.
"Her Doncaster Cup fifth was an excellent run, proving that she could compete at a high level over an extended two miles but she is far from certain to be able to translate that form into handicaps.
"She has also had a busy summer and it is not easy to keep fillies like her going right through the autumn."
Star Rider, who is set to carry 8st 5lb, also made her Group-race bow at Doncaster when down the field in the Group Two Park Hill Stakes.
"She proved her staying power at Goodwood but was taken out of her comfort zone in the Park Hill, though thankfully Jimmy Fortune looked after her and did not give her a hard race."
Fun Mac (9st) had solid Pattern form last autumn, particularly when third in the Group One Prix du Cadran.
He has come back to form of late, winning at Salisbury and then finishing a close third to Justice Belle in the Listed Jockey Club Rose Bowl at Newmarket.
"I was very happy with Fun Mac's run at Newmarket last week and hope that he will have recovered in time for the Cesarewitch, although it might come too quick for him," said Morrison.
Sir Mark Prescott's St Michel, third in the Doncaster Cup, heads the betting but is still only 52nd in the eliminations list on 7st 13lb along with last year's winner, Alan King's Grumeti.
Interestingly, last year there were exactly the same number of entries remaining at this stage and the horse who eventually gained the 34th and final place in the field, Bayan, was at this point 52nd in the list – the same position St Michel holds.
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