There's a big field for the 15:50 Cesarewitch Trial Stakes at Newmarket this Saturday, and with so many horses lining up to run the 2m 2f race it's hard to know where to put your money. We've had a look over the runners and riders to select our pick of the pack.
Much like the bookies, we have to lean towards current favourite Oceane. He was unlucky at Goodwood, but went some way towards making up for that by winning a strong race at York last time out. The 5lb rise since that victory will have a part to play here, but our feeling is that he still has further to progress.
There are no doubts over his stamina, and good reasons to believe he is still improving. The best place to back him is at Ladbrokes, at decent 9/2.
There are still challengers in the field, though, and foremost among them has to be The Cashel Man. He has raced against Oceane a few times, most recently when he finished third in that race at York, and although he has struggled to find his form this season when he's had a good run he's always been there at the front.
With the 4lb difference to his rival now this might be his chance to regain some ground, and going in blinkers for the first time rather than cheekpieces may be the difference he needs to focus on his running. The best place to back him is at ToteSport, at a very interesting 10/1.
Finally, if you fancy a longer odds each way bet, Planetoid has been knocking on the door for a little while now. Although he hasn't yet won anything above Class 4, his most recent two races have been good solid runs, and he shouldn't have any trouble with this distance either.
He might find some of the horses here are just a fraction more classy than he can manage, but with good recent form we're pretty sure he has the potential to pull out a run that will surprise a few of them. The best place to back him is at Coral, at a very tempting 14/1.