Newmarket: Sweet success for handicap blot Selection
Hughie Morrison: trainer of Cesarewitch winner Sweet Selection
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Sweet Cesarewitch success for De Sousa By Tony McFadden 4:09PM 8 OCT 2016
Report: Newmarket, Saturday
Betfred Cesarewitch (Heritage Handicap) 2m2f, 3yo+
SWEET SELECTION lived up to her billing as a 'handicap blot' as she ran out an authoritative winner of the Cesarewitch under champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa for trainer Hughie Morrison.
The progressive four-year-old was officially 17lb well-in having produced an improved effort in the Group 2 Doncaster Cup after the Cesarewitch weights had been released.
St Michel, the 13-2 joint-favourite, was also well handicapped based on his effort in the Doncaster Cup but he ruined his chance by failing to settle.
In a dramatic race, in which Marc Monaghan was unshipped from Seismos and Leah Freya unfortunately sustained a fatal injury, De Sousa managed to steer a safe passage aboard the always-prominent Sweet Selection, who relished the stiff test of stamina and won at 7-1.
"I thought I was beat five furlongs out as Sweet Selection was going nowhere but the one great thing about her is that she keeps going," winning rider De Sousa said. "When she ran down into the Dip nothing was going to get to her."
First Mohican ran a stormer to finish runner-up, three lengths behind the winner, at 50-1, while well-fancied duo Sea Of Heaven and The Cashel Man filled the frame.
Plenty of bookmakers were paying five places and Golden Spear grabbed that spot.
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