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  • 15:50 Betfred Cesarewitch 2m 2f

  • (Heritage Handicap) £160,000 added 3yo+ 33 ran
  • Winner £99,600 2nd £29,824 3rd £14,912 4th £7,456
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 48.04s
  • Off time: 15:56:24

Never Can Tell lands Ces pot

Dettori's magic ride sees filly home

Last Updated: 08/10/11 4:58pm

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Dettori comes home in front on Never Can Tell

Dettori comes home in front on Never Can Tell

Frankie Dettori produced a sublime ride on Never Can Tell (25-1) to win the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket on Saturday.

Drawn widest of all, Dettori soon got the Jamie Osborne-trained filly into a good rhythm up front as the pair duelled for the lead with Becausewecan.

As the field turned the corner into the home straight Dettori ploughed a lone furrow towards the stands' rail while the majority of the field hugged the far-side rail.

It proved to be a winning move as Never Can Tell beat Ermyn Lodge (16-1) by a length and a half with Colour Vision (20-1) third and Mount Athos (14-1) fourth.

Rainforest Magic was fifth for Dermot Weld.

Hoodoo broken

Dettori said: "Twenty five years of trying and I've finally broke the hoodoo! "She's a front runner but to cut the corner was an advantage.

"Full credit to Jamie, she's really tried for me."

Osborne added: "With her style of running, it probably wasn't as bad a draw as everyone thought.

"Frankie said to me 'do me a favour, don't give me any instructions'. She likes to bowl along in front so it was always going to be a pretty straightforward plan really.

"I just said go out and give me the ride of the season and he has.

"She's not very pretty or very big she just tries.

"It's lovely to be part of today."

Ermyn Lodge's second place was continuing a frustrating run for trainer Pat Phelan who said: "I've had 25 seconds already this year before today. He was second at Royal Ascot too. He's run well today but I expect it of him. He will have a bit of a break now and we will look at the Ascot Stakes next year then back here.

"The owners might decide to go over hurdles because he has been schooled and jumps well but he would need a bit of a break after this. If he were to go hurdling it won't be any time soon."

Richard Hughes reported favourite Keys had "run a little flat".

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