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  • 15:50 Betfred Cesarewitch 2m 2f

  • (Heritage Handicap) £250,000 added 3yo+ 33 ran
  • Winner £155,625 2nd £46,600 3rd £23,300 4th £11,650
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 52.75s
  • Off time: 15:53:20

Scatter Dice springs 66/1 Cesarewitch surprise

Last Updated: 13/10/13 12:13pm

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Scatter Dice forges clear to win the Cesarewitch

Scatter Dice forges clear to win the Cesarewitch

Scatter Dice stayed on dourly to win the Betfred Cesarewitch under Silvestre de Sousa.

Mark Johnston's charge, an unconsidered 66/1 chance, was returning to winning ways in a first time visor and made relentless headway to lay down a challenge to eventual third Lieutenant Miller (10/1) approaching the final furlong.

She soon had his measure and ran went on to score by three lengths from Waterclock (20/1) on her 16th start of the campaign.

Chiberta King (20/1) was fourth while Pallasator's fifth placing means Sir Mark Prescott's quest for a first winner in the race continues.

"It's unbelievable. She's such a trier. She a visor on for the first time but she was just a bit sleepy (in the stalls). She's done really well," de Sousa told Channel 4 Racing.

Johnston, winning the race for a third time, said: "She's had a long, hard season but has run well on so many occasions.

"She's going to retire at the end of the year, that was the plan anyway, so I suppose this was her last chance.

"She's run a couple of strange races recently, dropping herself out, so I was a bit concerned in the first half of the race that she was all right but then I saw her hanging in with the pack. I saw her coming from a quite a long way out."

Roger Charlton was very happy with Waterclock after the four-year-old finished runner-up.

"He has run a marvellous race," Charlton said. "He got the trip well obviously and I was thrilled with that. I thought Joey Haynes gave him an excellent ride and did everything I wanted him to do, and gave him every chance."

Lieutenant Miller produced another solid effort in third in the colours of Henry Ponsonby, whose Tiger Cliff started at 7/1 and faded into eighth, and Nicky Henderson said the seven-year-old will now go back over hurdles.

Henderson said: "He's been to Royal Ascot, Goodwood and Newmarket and he's been placed in all of them without winning one. He just got there a bit too soon - Ryan would tell you that - and he probably wasn't travelling as well five out, and then he picked up - he's a proper stayer. He'll go jumping now. He's rated nothing over hurdles!"

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