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Cesarewitch 18.10.08

Newmarket: an inch of rain is forecast to fall in the build-up to Saturday

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Henderson books title leaders in Cesarewitch

NICKY HENDERSON has turned to the two men battling it out for the jockeys’ title in his attempt to bag the Betfred Cesarewitch for the third time in a decade.

Ryan Moore is set to partner Lieutenant Miller at Newmarket on Saturday, while Richard Hughes is booked for Earth Amber for the champion jumps trainer in the £250,000 contest.

Henderson landed the 2m2f handicap with Landing Light in 2003 and 50-1 chance Caracciola in 2008 and believes this year’s pair both have leading chances.

Henderson said: “Lieutenant Miller has had a very good summer and this looks a good race for him. This has been the plan for some time. After his runs at Royal Ascot and Goodwood it seemed the natural thing to do.

“If it stays as it is, he will be suited by the ground. But there is some rain forecast, which Earth Amber will appreciate.”

Lieutenant Miller, runner-up in the Goodwood Stakes last time, is a 10-1 shot with the sponsor, while Earth Amber, not been seen since finishing seventh to subsequent Gold Cup winner Estimate in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot in May, is 20-1.

The going was good to firm at Newmarket on Wednesday but around an inch of rain is forecast to fall in the build-up to Saturday’s race.

Clerk of the course Michael Prosser said: “There’s a good chance of a shower tomorrow, when it will get cooler and breezier, with significant rainfall in the evening into Friday. There is potential for more rain on Friday and again on Saturday.

“There is an element of uncertainty but between 9mm and 12mm of rain is predicted up to Saturday afternoon.

“However, we are in a good place to take a certain amount of rainfall, and for the entire home straight we have a 20-metre strip on the stands’ side that has not been raced on since May.”

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