Aaim To Prosper (yellow cap) on his way to a second Cesarewitch winPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Aaim To Prosper regains Cesarewitch title at 66-1
Report: Newmarket, Saturday
Betfred Cesarewitch, 2m 2f, 3yo+
AAIM TO PROSPER became the first horse to win the Cesarewitch for a second time as he carried top weight to record a shock 66-1 success.
The Brian Meehan-trained eight-year-old, who won the race in 2010, hung across the track in the closing stages under a strong drive from Kieren Fallon as he got the better of a tussle with 7-1 favourite Countywide Flame, who was ridden by Jimmy Quinn.
Aaim To Prosper, without a win since his victory in this race two years ago, crossed the line half a length to the good of the market leader with a further two and a half lengths back to last year's Northumberland Plate winner Tominator, who was having a first start for Jonjo O'Neill.
Sir Mark Prescott's search for a first win in the second leg of the autumn double continues after Motivado finished best of his duo in fourth.
Fallon, who won the race in 1999 on Top Cees, had his mount settled behind the front-runners after jumping from stall one, and he was in the perfect position to make his move as the pace-setters dropped away.
Quinn had his every move covered as the first four moved to the head of affairs racing into the final two furlongs, but the six-time champion jockey made sure Aaim To Prosper dug deep in the closing stages.
"It is always exciting to win this race," said Fallon. "This gave me a real thrill today. It is a tough race, especially under top weight, and the key to him was the bit of juice in the ground."
Kieren Fallon: winning jockeyPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
The first three home were all drawn in single figures in the 35-strong field and Fallon added: "I was able to hold a position. I didn't go too soon - just soon enough to win it."
John Quinn, trainer of Countrywide Flame said of the runner-up: "He's ran very well and we've got to be delighted. He was only beaten half a length but he was never going to get by the winner.
"He must be some horse to give my lad a stone and a half. With this run in mind he hasn't schooled so far but we've got six weeks until the Fighting Fifth and that's what we're looking towards. He's had a hard enough race but he's got a nice gap before Newcastle."
Tominator is also set to head over hurdles next. O'Neill said: "He's ran a blinder. Jamie [Spencer] thought he didn't quite get home and I think they just out stayed him.
"He's been on the go for a while but we will crack on for the time being. He's likely to start over hurdles in the next month. He's already schooled well."
Motivado's stablemate, Kepler's Law, had to be put down after he ruptured a tendon during the race.