Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 08:21 07/10/2014
With 52 horses standing their ground at Monday's declaration stage for this weekend's Betfred Cesarewitch a maximum field of 34 looks virtually guaranteed for the historic 2m 2f handicap at Newmarket for which the new top weight is Saddler's Rock, now in the care of Jonjo O'Neill, who will have to carry the welter burdon of 9st 10lb if allowed to take his chance on Saturday.
Long-time ante-post favourite and our 10-1 long-range tip Quick Jack hardened at the head of the market and is now a best price 7-1 with Skybet, Betvictor, Ladbrokes and Betfair Sportsbook to provide trainer Tony Martin which his second victory in the race following Leg Spinner in 2007. The five-year-old missed the cut when strongly fancied for York's Ebor back in August but there are no fears on that score at headquarters as the son of Footstepsinthesand has been allocated 9st and is currently number 13 in the pecking order for the contest worth over £155k to the winner.
As well as advising Quick Jack as a value bet at 10-1 we highlighted the 33-1 then available about the Philip Hobbs-trained Big Easy as way too big and that has proved to be the case with the horse now as short as 12-1 and off a mark of 87 must have a good chance of giving Hobbs and owner Terry Warner a second Cesarewitch as the pair were victorious with the dual-purpose Detroit City in 2006.
Other leading fancies for the race run for the first time in 1839 are Ray Ward, Swynmor, Nearly Caught and Northumberland Plate runner-up Suegioo.