Leg two of the Autumn double is up this weekend as Newmarket plays host to the 2017 edition of the marathon contest that is the Cesarewitch Handicap. Invariably a thriller, this year’s renewal looks well up to scratch. Here we take a look at the main contenders and pick out our best bet in the race.

Race Analysis

Three year olds haven’t fared too well here of late, with just one win in the past 10 years. That masks the overall picture a little though, with the youngest age group having recorded a far more respectable nine wins from the previous 43 editions. Topping the list for the three year olds this year is the Mark Johnston runner Time To Study.

This will be the longest distance he has faced to date, but he could hardly arrive in better form having landed the Mallard Handicap over just under two miles last time out. His fifth to Stradivarius in the Group 2 Queen’s Vase at Ascot also reads well here, and he can go well for a trainer who has landed this three times in the past.

Current favourite for the contest John Constable can’t be said to boast the same solid recent flat form as Time To Study. In fact he hasn’t even run on the flat at all since way back in 2014. He does however look to possess a touch of class about him. Evan Williams Charge is a four time winner over hurdles, including at Listed and Grade 3 level, with his latest success coming in a Listed handicap hurdle from a mark of 150. A flat mark of 88 certainly looks more than workable in that context, but he does have to prove his stamina for the trip in what will likely be a strongly run affair. The six year old has never won over this far under either code.

Another for the shortlist is the Charlie Fellowes runner Endless Acres who boasts rock solid recent from in similar contests. Second off a mark of 91 at Newcastle in May, he stepped up on that effort to finish best of the rest off a mark of 96 in an Ascot Stakes turned into a procession by the clearly well in Thomas Hobson. Not seen at the track since that contest in June, he looks to have been put away for this and as such will arrive fresher than most.

Another who looks to have been laid out for a shot at this is Roger Charlton’s recent recruit, Withold. Formerly with Charlie Hills, where he scored in handicaps over a mile and five furlongs and two miles, latterly in good style from the re-opposing London

Prize off a mark of 80, he looks interesting stepping up in trip off a mark of 87 here. His sole start for Charlton came over an inadequate 1m4f in September, with the main purpose of that run looking to be to sharpen him up ahead of this. Jockey Silvestre De Sousa certainly knows how to get the job done here, having come home in front twice in the past four years.

Betting Tips

This is as competitive as ever, but the one to be on is Withold. Charlton knows how to target one at these big races and looks to have the right ammunition in this son of Champs Elysees. Get on each way at 10/1 with Bet365.