Bookmakers Betfred have announced that they will be sponsoring the Betfred Cambridgeshire and Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket this year for the first time following their successful purchase of the Tote.
The Betfred Autumn Double will also carry a bonus of £100,000 this year to any stable which provides the winner of both the Betfred Cambridgeshire and Betfred Cesarewitch. The bonus will be split two ways with £50,000 going to the winning trainer and £50,000 split amongst the stable staff in the yard.
“The Betfred Cambridgeshire and Betfred Cesarewitch are two of the most historic handicaps in the turf calendar and I’m delighted to be sponsoring both races for the first time this year,” said Betfred chairman Fred Done.
“I hope that the £100,000 bonus will give trainers a real incentive to aim their very best horses at the two races and make this year’s renewal of both the Cambridgeshire and Cesarewitch the best in recent memory.”
The sponsors have also released prices for both races and will be paying out on the first five home on all ante-post bets from the entry stages onwards.
Mijhaar has been installed as the 8/1 favourite for the Betfred Cambridgeshire with the sponsors after a total of 158 entries were revealed for the nine furlong event. Roger Varian’s lightly-raced colt has been very progressive in his three starts this season and was only narrowly beaten by Fulgur at Newmarket last time out having been well supported.
“Mijhaar was backed as if defeat was out of the question last time out at Newmarket and although he ran a little green in defeat, he travelled like a very good horse that day and with only four career starts under his belt, there is surely much more to come from Roger Varian’s colt,” said Betfred spokesman George Primarolo.
Tuscan Gold has been chalked up as the 10/1 favourite for the Betfred Cesarewitch with the sponsors following the entry stage for the race in which a total of 115 horses were declared. Sir Mark Prescott’s gelding has yet to run this season but didn’t finish out of the frame in five starts last season which included two victories at Sandown and Kempton on the all-weather.
“Tuscan Gold looked a real stayer in the making last season when winning at Kempton and is an extremely interesting Cesarewitch entry from a shrewd stable who often like to target one at this race,” said Betfred spokesman George Primarolo.