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Cesarewitch Trial Day – What’s it all about?


The hotly-anticipated Newmarket Gold Season kicks of with the Cesarewitch Trial Day at the Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday 23rd September 2017. But what’s it all about and what can you expect? Read on to find out more.

The Cesarewitch Trial Day is so-called because of the Cesarewitch Trial. This is one of the races that takes place on the day and is a warm up for the famous and historic Cesarewitch Heritage Handicap which takes place at the Dubai Future Champions Festival on Saturday 14th October. This offers an opportunity to see the form of the competitors and really begin to get excited about the fantastic Dubai Future Champions Festival – the highlight of the Gold Season at Newmarket Racecourses.

What is the Cesarewitch Handicap?

The Cesarewitch Handicap was originally run in honour of Tsesarevich Alexander, who went on to become Tsar Alexander II, after he donated £300 to the Jockey Club. Since this inaugural running in 1839, it has been run every year and is an important feature on the calendar as it is the second leg of the historic Autumn Double (the first leg taking place at the Cambridgeshire Meeting on 30th September).

What’s happening on the day?

A seven-race card offers plenty of excitement on the day which will be made all the more entertaining because a number of racehorse trainers have agreed to try their hand at racing commentary for charity! You can’t miss the chance to hear some of the most famous trainers in the world attempt to deliver a clear performance for their allocated race!

In addition to this, there will be loads of fun goings-on off the track with children’s entertainment including inflatables, face painting and Rowley’s Kids Club activities.

Cesarewitch Trial Day Race Card

The Cesarewitch Trial Day Race Card consists of seven races, all with their own very special commentator, read on to find out more:

1. The British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10) – Commentary: Mark Tompkins
2. The ROA/Racingpost Owners Jackpot Handicap Stakes – Commentary: Brendan Powell
3. The Handicap Stakes – Commentary: Amy Murphy
4. The Betfred Cesarewitch Trial Handicap Stakes – Commentary: Jamie Osborne
5. The Handicap Stakes – Commentary: TBC, special guest!
6. The EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies’ Handicap Stakes – Commentary: Richard Spencer
7. The Fillies’ Handicap Stakes – Commentary: Joe Tuite

Newmarket Racecourse Tour

If you are planning to go to Newmarket Races, get in touch with us and let us make it extra special for you. We operate Race Day Tours on many race meetings that offer you the chance to go behind the scenes at the races and even experience the buzz inside the parade ring before a race!

Not only that, during the morning, our expert guide will take you on a tour of some of the best sights that Newmarket has to offer. You’ll begin your morning by gaining exclusive access to the legendary gallops to watch some of the thousands of resident thoroughbred horses training. After this you can discover the history of the sport and the town at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art. Then you’ll be taken to Rowley Mile Racecourse to learn how it all happens on the day.

If you are interested in booking a spot on this fascinating and exciting day out, then give us a call on 0344 748 9200, or alternatively click here for more information an bookings.