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Henderson pleased to see rain for Cesarewitch pair

NICKY HENDERSON, who runs Lieutenant Miller and Earth Amber in the Betfred Cesarewitch, welcomed the 9mm of rain which fell at Newmarket on Thursday night as he bids to win Saturday's handicap for a third time.

Newmarket clerk of the course Michael Prosser changed the going to good (from good to firm) on Friday morning and Henderson was pleased to see conditions ease.

"It's good news they've had that rain. Earth Amber wouldn't want it too quick - I'm glad it's come," he said.

Owned by Henry Ponsonby, Lieutenant Miller is the mount Ryan Moore, who won the race on Miss Fara for Martin Pipe in 2002.

The seven-year-old, a 12-1 shot, began his career in bumpers, but has recorded some creditable efforts on the Flat, finishing placed at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood in the summer.

Earth Amber is a 20-1 chance and will be ridden by champion jockey Richard Hughes.

She joined Henderson from France this year and was second in the Listed Further Flight Stakes at Nottingham in April before finishing seventh in Ascot's Sagaro Stakes the following month.

Henderson, who saddled Landing Light (2003) and Caracciola (2008) to win the Cesarewitch, told At The Races: "Lieutenant Miller has had a very good summer already and this seems the obvious place to come, although he appears to be drawn [stall 32] in the third county they go through.

"I'd like to stick both in Earth Amber's stall [five] because she's got a preferable draw.

"They're both in good form and this has been the objective all the way through."

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