Racing: Lord Lamb's gamble looks fully justified
Simon Holt of Channel 4 Racing analyses today's Cesarewitch Handicap
Saturday 17 October 1998
San Sebastian: Tough and consistent Irish raider. Decisive winner of the Ascot Stakes (2m 4f) in June. Out-and-out stayer.
Life Of Riley: Progressive earlier in the campaign but well off the boil in last two efforts.
On Call: Massively improved this season, winning seven times. Very useful.
Flying Eagle: Well placed by his trainer to score six times this term. Below that form on recent starts. Unproven beyond 1m4f.
Spirit Of Love: Very progressive since a Southwell victory in January and won a big handicap at the Doncaster St Leger meeting.
Opaque: Fair stayer but has struggled to make an impact since winning at York in May.
Captain Jack: Lightly raced these days but useful at his best. Off the course since finishing fifth behind Sandbaggedagain in July.
Ivor's Flutter: Twice successful in testing conditions in the spring. One to consider on soft ground.
Spunkie: Powerfully handled by Kieren Fallon to show improved form and win at Ascot from Etterby Park recently. Lightly-raced with more improvement to come.
Etterby Park: Tough stayer seemingly back to his best. Collared close home by Spunkie at Ascot. Rarely runs a bad race.
Renzo: Slightly in and out of form this season. Looked very one-paced when fifth at Newmarket.
Georgia Venture: Winner twice in 1997 but generally below that form this term. Well beaten behind Spirit Of Love at Doncaster.
Shooting Light: Better known as a useful hurdler these days. Beat only one home last month on belated reappearance.
Tough Act: Running reasonably and twice a winner over 1m4f at Goodwood this term. Unproven over this longer trip.
Dominant Duchess: Not disgraced when fourth in races won by Nanton Point and Travelmate. Unproven on soft ground.
Puteri Wentworth: Looked type for this race when successful over 2m 4f earlier in the season. Fourth to Spunkie last time.
Alhosaam: Fair hurdler last winter but needs to improve on two recent Flat efforts.
Nanton Point: In good form this term landing four minor handicaps, including over 2m 1f at Bath. Second in this race in 1995.
Random Kindness: Winner in all-weather/minor company.
Jamaican Flight: Front-runner. Little shown in last two outings.
Sea Freedom: Solid stayer who 1997 Ascot Stakes and finished third to San Sebastian in the same race in June. Ninth to Spunkie at Ascot.
Shahrur: Last of eight at Goodwood last month. Better hurdler.
Tarashaan: Winner four times in lesser company this season but rather disappointing favourite at Ayr most recently.
Lord Lamb: Ante-post favourite since finishing third to Travelmate in August then hacking up at Haydock. Potentially well handicapped and stable boasts fine Cesarewitch record.
Noufari: Successful five times (four of them on all-weather tracks) and chased home subsequent Irish Cesarewitch winner Sweetness Herself last time.
Il Principe: Returned to something like best form at Redcar last week but best form generally at a lower level.
Robbo: Should be fresher than most after two starts this term.
Bridie's Pride: Game winner at Ascot earlier in the season and tried to make all before finishing third to Danegold on the same course last week.
Conclusion: LORD LAMB gets the vote. San Sebastian and Spirit of Love are improving while Puteri Wentworth has an each-way chance.
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