Crockford believes that this year’s renewal of the valuable Betfred Cesarewitch is as tough as Teak
The money may be coming for the Irish fancy Quick Jack, but Crockford believes that there is better value with the tough stayer Teak. In what is always an open contest, Teak stands out as having an excellent Betfred Cesarewitch profile. The winner of the Goodwood Stakes at the Glorious meeting and a recent winner over hurdles his stamina and ability cannot be in question. If Teak and Tony Martin’s hot pot Quick Jack are going to be beaten, the overlooked Saddler’s Rock looks the most likely candidate. Once one of the best stayers around the Ex-Oxx trained horse is a massive 33/1 with some firms. Any return to form would see Saddler’s Rock well within the mix.
In the other big handicap on the Newmarket card (3.10), trainer Mark Johnston appears to have all the aces with the consistent Fire Fighting and progressive Stetchworth. At York the valuable sprint (3.30) may just go the way of Supplicant who now has a workable weight to win from.
A good national hunt card at Chepstow will see the useful Southfield Theatre, Dawalan and Monbeg Dude stake their claims for the season ahead.
CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – CHESIL BEACH (MUSSELBURGH 4.50)
Chesil Beach is improving with every run this season, having just won three races on the trot this prize appears to be at the three-year-old’s mercy. The Balding horse was an easier winner than suggested by the margin of his last victory.
CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – TEAK E/W (BETFRED CESAREWITCH – NEWMARKET 3.50)
As a tough a stayer as you will find. Teak beat many of his principle rivals for today’s race when taking the Goodwood Stakes back in the summer. With a recent hurdle victory under his belt he is going to be tough to crack.
ARCHER’S SELECTION – DAWALAN (CHEPSTOW 4.20)
Archer would have known how highly regarded this hurdler is by connections. The jockey would have been up on this former favourite for the Fred Winter.
Crockford’s Betfred Cesarewitch Day Gambles:
Newmarket – Future Empire (2.05), Blue Waltz (2.40), Stetchworth e/w (3.10), Teak e/w, Quick Jack e/w and Saddler’s Rock e/w (Betfred Cesarewitch 3.50)
York – Master of Finance e/w (1.50), Gabrial e/w (2.20), Supplicant e/w, Arnold Lane e/w and Rex Imperator e/w (3.30)
Chepstow – Karezak (2.00), Sivron (2.35), Southfield Theatre (3.40), Dawalan (4.20) and Monbeg Dude (5.30)
Musselburgh – Borderlescott e/w (4.15) and Chesil Beach (4.50)
Hexham – Carlanstown (2.10), Jenny’s Melody (2.45), Clondaw Knight (3.20) and Bourne (3.55)
(Featured Photograph – Teak winning the 2014 Goodwood Stakes by Stuart Rice)