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Silvestre De Sousa riding Scatter Dice (L) win the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket

Silvestre de Sousa and Scatter Dice win the Cesarewitch at Newmarket

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Scatter Dice comes from last to first to win Ces

Newmarket: Saturday

Betfred Cesarewitch (Heritage Handicap) 2m2f, 3yo+

SCATTER DICE landed a remarkable win in the Cesarewitch under Silvestre de Sousa. After being left at the gate and giving away ten lengths, the Mark Johnston-trained filly powered up the hill to complete a famous last-to-first victory.

The 66-1 chance, in a first-time visor, scored by three lengths in the end, followed home by Waterclock (20-1), Lieutenant Miller (10-1), Chiberta King (20-1) and Pallasator (8-1).

Tiger Cliff, the 7-1 favourite, was unplaced.

De Sousa said: "It's unbelievable, it's a race to remember forever for me. She's so tough and genuine, she's such a trier."

Merchant Of Dubai made the early running, with Albert Bridge, Waterclock and Clowance Estate also prominent. Scatter Dice, meanwhile, was still at the back of the 33-runner field as the field came through Devil's Dyke after about a mile.

De Sousa cannily made progress on the inner to move into mid-division before he started to look for room to get out and make his run with about half a mile to go.

The fancied Lieutenant Miller hit the front two furlongs out in the centre of the track but wider out Scatter Dice was coming. After a brief battle De Sousa's mount forged clear, while Lieutenant Miller weakened close home and was beaten for second by Waterclock.

Scatter Dice was the third Cesarewitch winner for Johnston, following Spirit Of Love in 1998 and Contact Dancer in 2004, but the trainer admitted he thought her race was over as soon as it started.

"She has run a couple of strange races recently and I was concerned about her in the first half of the race," he said. "I was just relieved when I saw her hanging in with the back of the pack and then I saw her coming from quite a long way out."

 
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