Market Rasen form goes all the way to Newmarket this weekend for one of the biggest betting races of the year in Britain.
John Constable landed the Listed Betfred TV Summer Hurdle in July. Now he’s favourite for the Betfred Cesarewitch.
The two mile two furlong contest at the Home of Flat Racing enjoys a history and heritage as long as the Grand National.
Both races started in 1839 and the Cesarewitch is unique in that it’s run over two counties – Cambridgeshire into Suffolk. In Flat racing terms, it is a bit of a marathon.
It’s no wonder John Constable is favourite. His form is rock solid and his performance in the Summer Hurdle on Lincs FM Ladies’ Day was very impressive as he overcame the challenge of the 2016 winner Red Tornado who was runner-up this time around.
A return to Market Rasen for the 188bet Prelude Hurdle at the end of last month was an option, but Welsh trainer Evan Williams has his eyes on the first prize in the £250,000 Cesarewitch which is run on the second day of the Dubai Future Champions Festival at Market Rasen’s sister racecourse in The Jockey Club.
Keeping it in the family
Racing produces great moments that go into the trivia round of a sports quiz and that’s just happened at Market Rasen. When was the last time a horse won the same race three years apart ridden by two members of the same family?
In 2014 young conditional jockey Sean Bowen, now Market Rasen Racecourse Ambassador, booted home Get Home Now to win a two and a quarter mile hurdle race.
Last month, the same horse took the corresponding race with Sean looking on as his 16-year-old brother James did the steering.
The siblings are great advertisements for the Pony Racing route into jump racing, and we wish James well in his new role with champion trainer Nicky Henderson.
Market Rasen stages Ferry Ales Brewery Gentleman’s Raceday on Saturday, 21st October – a fixture offering jump racing, plus pub games and real ales in the Tote Exacta Bar. More details can be found about racing and tickets bought in advance at marketrasen.thejockeyclub.co.uk. Racing starts at 1.40pm, with gates open two hours before. The finale is at 5.05pm.