Sweet success in Cesarewitch

Silvestre de Sousa may have lost the jockeys' championship title, but at least he won the Cesarewitch on Sweet Selection.

Sweet Selection and Silvestre De Sousa win the Betfred Cesarewitch from First Mohican (left) and Sea Of Heaven (right).

The 7/1 was well-backed in the build-up to the race for obvious reasons, the handicapper having raised her up more than a stone up the ratings since the weights for this £250,000 handicap were published.

Being well treated on paper and proving it in a race are two very different things, but de Sousa booted her to the front past the frontrunning Starchitect well over a furlong out and the pair simply galloped clear.

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First Mohican, badly hampered when Seismos stumbled and unseated his rider in the very early stages of the race, ran an astonishing race to finish second at 50/1, clear of Sea Of Heaven (8/1) and The Cashel Man (9/1), who kept on late down the centre of the track to finish in fourth.

Those who played with Sky Bet, who paid out on six places in the race, were also paid out on Golden Spear (16/1), fifth for Tony Martin, and Blue Rambler in sixth.

"She showed a remarkable amount of speed to get into a good position from a wide drawn," said trainer Hughie Morrison.

"To coin a phrase, that was the plan, but she'll stay in training and we'll have fun with her next year."

"It's a good team effort, a great ride, and I am delighted for the owner, who has only recently come into racehorse ownership. He'll think it's easy now!"

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