Cesarewitch Handicap

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Cesarewitch Handicap
Handicap race
Location Rowley Mile
Newmarket, England
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
SponsorTogether For Racing International
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance2m 2f (3,621 metres)
TrackRight-hand "L"
QualificationThree-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse£200,000 (2020)
1st: £124,500
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The Cesarewitch Handicap is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Newmarket over a distance of 2 miles and 2 furlongs (3,621 metres), and finishes on the Rowley Mile. It is scheduled to take place each year in October.



"Cesarewitch" is an anglicised version of Tsesarevich, the title of the heir to the throne in Imperial Russia. The race was named in honour of Tsesarevich Alexander (later Tsar Alexander II), after he donated £300 to the Jockey Club.

The event was established in 1839, and the inaugural running was won by Cruiskeen. It was founded in the same year as another major handicap at Newmarket, the Cambridgeshire. The two races came to be known as the Autumn Double.

The Cesarewitch initially took place before the Cambridgeshire, but the schedule was later reversed and it is now held two weeks after the other race. Three horses completed the double in the 19th century — Rosebery (1876), Foxhall (1881) and Plaisanterie (1885) — but the feat has been rarely attempted since then.

The race was formerly staged during Newmarket's Champions' Day meeting in mid-October and became part of a new fixture called Future Champions Day in 2011. In 2014 the Cesarewitch was separated from Future Champions Day, which was moved back a week in the calendar, and in 2015 it returned to the Saturday of the new Future Champions Festival. [1]


Most successful horse (2 wins):

Leading jockey (6 wins):

Leading trainer (4 wins):

Winners since 1974

YearWinnerAgeWeightJockeyTrainer SP Time
1974Ocean King87-07Tommy CarterArthur Pitt25/13:59.90
1975Shantallah38-10 Brian Taylor Harry Wragg 7/1
1976John Cherry59-13 Lester Piggott Jeremy Tree 13/2
1977Assured48-04Philip Waldron Henry Candy 10/1
1978Centurion39-08John Matthias Ian Balding 9/2 F
1979Sir Michael37-08Mark RimmerGeoff Huffer10/1
1980Popsi's Joy48-06 Lester Piggott Michael Haynes10/1
1981Halsbury38-04 Joe Mercer Peter Walwyn 14/1
1982 Mountain Lodge 37-10 Willie Carson John Dunlop 9/1
1983Bajan Sunshine48-08Brian RouseRod Simpson7/1 JF
1984Tom Sharp47-05Steve DawsonWalter Wharton40/13:48.27
1985Kayudee58-01Tony MurrayJimmy FitzGerald7/1
1986Orange Hill [lower-alpha 1] 47-09 Richard Fox Jeremy Tree 20/1
1987Private Audition57-09Gary Carter Mark Tompkins 50/13:59.05
1988 Nomadic Way 37-09 Willie Carson Barry Hills 6/1 JF4:00.61
1989Double Dutch59-10 Billy Newnes Brooke Sanders15/23:51.32
1990Trainglot37-12 Willie Carson Jimmy FitzGerald13/23:50.90
1991Go South77-11Nicky CarlisleJohn Jenkins33/13:52.76
1992 Vintage Crop 59-06 Walter Swinburn Dermot Weld 5/1 F3:49.16
1993Aahsaylad78-12John WilliamsJohn White12/13:59.52
1994Captain's Guest49-09Tony Clark Guy Harwood 25/13:56.79
1995Old Red57-11 Lindsay Charnock Mary Reveley 11/13:52.62
1996Inchcailloch77-03Royston FfrenchJeff King20/13:51.17
1997Turnpole67-10 Lindsay Charnock Mary Reveley 16/13:53.56
1998Spirit of Love38-08 Olivier Peslier Mark Johnston 11/13:51.23
1999Top Cees [lower-alpha 1] 98-10 Kieren Fallon Ian Balding 7/13:40.30
2000Heros Fatal68-01Gary Carter Martin Pipe 11/13:54.91
2001Distant Prospect48-08 Martin Dwyer Ian Balding 14/14:00.27
2002Miss Fara78-00 Ryan Moore Martin Pipe 12/13:51.22
2003 Landing Light 89-04 Pat Eddery Nicky Henderson 12/13:52.33
2004Contact Dancer58-02Royston Ffrench Mark Johnston 16/13:58.52
2005 Sergeant Cecil 69-08 Alan Munro Rod Millman10/13:54.79
2006 Detroit City 49-01 Jamie Spencer Philip Hobbs 9/2 F3:57.84
2007Leg Spinner68-11 Johnny Murtagh Tony Martin14/13:54.13
2008Caracciola119-06 Eddie Ahern Nicky Henderson 50/13:48.30
2009Darley Sun38-06 Andrea Atzeni David Simcock9/2 F3:50.27
2010Aaim to Prosper67-13Louis Beuzelin Brian Meehan 16/13:59.10
2011Never Can Tell48-11 Frankie Dettori Jamie Osborne 25/13:48.04
2012Aaim to Prosper89-10 Kieren Fallon Brian Meehan 66/13:51.51
2013Scatter Dice48-08 Silvestre de Sousa Mark Johnston 66/13:52.75
2014Big Easy78-07 Tom Queally Philip Hobbs 10/13:49.10
2015Grumeti78-02Adam Beschizza Alan King 50/13:56.02
2016Sweet Selection48-08 Silvestre de Sousa Hughie Morrison 7/13:53.41
2017Withhold48-08 Silvestre de Sousa Roger Charlton 5/1 F3:45.59
2018Low Sun59-02 Seamie Heffernan Willie Mullins 10/13:48.96
2019Stratum69-02 Jason Watson Willie Mullins 25/13:58.64
2020Great White Shark68-06 Jason Watson Willie Mullins 9/2 F3:55.15
  1. 1 2 The 1986 and 1999 editions were held on Newmarket's July Course over a slightly shorter distance

Earlier winners

  1. The 1857 running finished as a three-way dead-heat, but it was decided by a run-off
  2. The 1893 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners

See also


  1. "Newmarket Racecourses to stage £2million+ Dubai Future Champions Festival". newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk. Retrieved 12 February 2015.

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