Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 08:09 06/10/2015
Sir Mark Prescott has saddled plenty of fancied horses over the years in Newmarket's Betfred Cesarewitch without any success but the shrewd trainer, who landed a substantial gamble with Pasternak in the first part of the Autumn Double ( the Cambridgeshire ) in 1997 ( the middle-leg of his three winners in the nine-furlong contest ) along with Quinlan Terry in 1988 and most recently Chivalry in 2003, can finally take the two mile two furlong stamina-test on Saturday with the improving four-year-old gelding High Secret, available at a general 20-1 including with bet365, Betfred and William Hill who are paying out on the first 5 horses
The son of High Chaparral, like a lot of horses from the stable, showed little in his only three starts as a juvenile but proved a different proposition as a three-year-old winning his first three races, albeit in minor company, before finishing a disappointing third at odds of 4-11 on his final run of the season on Wolverhampton's all-weather surface last October.
Saturday's race will be the ninth run of the season for High Secret who, after being campaigned at Chelmsford City and Kempton Park in the early part of the year, has looked a stayer going places since reverting back to turf with victories at Catterick and Killarney in Ireland. Wedged between those two efforts was a narrow short-head defeat at the hands of the improving Seamore in Ascot's Brown Jack Stakes on soft ground, a performance which suggested the horse may be the ideal type for the stamina-sapping contest at headquarters.
A creditable two and a half length fourth in Haydock's Old Borough Cup on his most recent start over an inadequate 1m 6f should have put High Secret spot-on for his big test this weekend and off a mark of 94 can provide his trainer, who is also likely to be represented by William Of Orange and Moscato, with that elusive first victory in a race he has been trying to win for the best part of 30 years.
1 Point each-way High Secret 20-1 bet365, Betfred and William Hill ( 5 places )