Marco Botti feels that the big field in Saturday’s Betfred Cesarewitch will suit Suegioo down to the ground, writes Graham Clark.
Having landed this year’s StanJames.com Chester Cup back in May, the five-year old will attempt to win his second major pot of the year when contesting the two-mile-two-furlong handicap at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile.
Since his victory at Chester the son of Manduro has largely maintained his level of form, highlighted last time out when finishing third in the Ladbrokes Mallard Stakes at Doncaster.
“Suegioo is in great form and this race has been the target for a while,” said the Newmarket handler.
“He will stay the trip and he is versatile regarding the ground.
“You need a bit of luck in a race like this as it is such a big field but he seems to handle running in them well as he showed when winning at Chester.”
Suegioo could be joined in the race, which is worth £155,625 to the winner by stable mate De Rigueur, winner of this year’s bet365 Old Newton Cup at Haydock.
Should the son of Montjeu run it would see him race beyond two miles for the first time in his life.
“De Rigueur is ground dependant as he likes a bit of cut in it,” said Botti.
“I think De Rigueur would stay the trip as he is a horse that is switched off in his races and in all his runs he has done his best work in the last couple of furlongs.”