|The Cesarewitch Handicap is a
historical English flat horse race for thoroughbred horses aged three
years and above. It is run annually in October at the revered Newmarket
Racecourse in Suffolk over a distance of 2 miles 2 furlongs over turf.
The Cesarewitch Handicap was inaugurated in 1839.
Handicap was named in honor of the Russian Crown Prince, the Tsesarevich
(heir apparent to the emperor of Russia) who visited the United Kingdom
not long before. (In 1855 he was appointed Tsar Alexander II of Russia
upon the death of his father Nicholas I).
Apart from its rich and
colorful heritage, what makes the Cesarewitch Handicap so interesting is
that for such a lengthy race it is run straight for most of the way
except for a single bend at the 10 furlong mark. The course it follows
straddles two English counties - Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.
means that the field sets off in Cambridgeshire and crosses the finish
line in Suffolk. The Cambridgeshire Handicap - which is run at Newmarket
two weeks earlier - and the Cesarewitch Handicap are called the 'Autumn
Double', a pair of races that British racehorse owners, trainers and
jockeys set out to win.
Over the years the Cesarewitch Handicap
has seen many of Britain's top jockeys riding home in first, including
British racing legend Lester Piggott who won the race in 1976 and 1980,
Scotsman Willie Carson who won in 1982, 1988 and 1990, and Irishman
Johnny Murtagh who won on Leg Spinner in 2007.
Cesarewitch Handicap - Past
2003 Landing Light
2004 Contact Dancer
2006 Detroit City
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