Improving Missoula on target for Cesarewitch
SUZY SMITH is aiming her Ascot Stakes winner Missoula at the Totesport Cesarewitch at Newmarket on October 18.
The five-year-old mare, 16-1 with the sponsors, has been allotted 8st 3lb in the two-and-a-quarter mile handicap for which there are 89 entries.
"Missoula will have a prep run in a two-mile handicap at Ascot on September 27, and then the plan is to go to the Cesarewitch," said Smith.
"She has had a little break, is ingood form and the Cesarewitch is the race we are aiming at.
"The race should be ideal as she will probably get her ground, it's two and a quarter miles and they will go a good pace.
"I think she's improving and there's a lot more to come. Physically, she's filling out and changing shape, so she's a lot stronger now.
"Sam Hitchcott will ride her again. Even before the Ascot Stakes, he was saying we were going to win the Cesarewitch. He knows the mare and gets on withher really well.
"She is in really good form so now we just keep our fingers crossed. She'll go hurdling after Newmarket and then next year we'll see her back on the Flat."
The weights are headed on 9st 10lb by another 16-1 shot, the Luca Cumani-trained Sanbuch while favourite with the sponsors is Marcus Tregoning's Askar Tau (7st 10lb), who completed a four-timer at Newmarket recently.
Last year's winner Leg Spinner (9st 3lb) has been entered again by Irish trainer Tony Martin, who could also saddle Northumberland Plate victor Arc Bleu (8st 6lb), Top The Charts (7st 10b) and Stage Manager (7st 2lb).
There are a total of eight entries from Ireland including Indian Pace (7st 11lb), winner of the Galway Hurdle for trainer John Kiely.