Cesarewitch Handicap Favourite Set To Be Joined By Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori has had his most successful season to date and is looking to finish his year strong picking up some big rides including the favourite in the Cesarewitch Handicap on Saturday at Newmarket.

The 48 year old will saddle the Willie Mullins trained Buildmeupbuttercup who is said to be in the form of his life at home with his famous handler expecting a big run on the Rowley mile at the weekend.

The Italian rider heads into this weekend off the back of a disappointing week of riding, which is a first for the veteran jockey who unfortunately could not see Enable to a third straight Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Buildmeupbuttercup heads the 2 mile 2 furlong handicap market at a best price of 5/1 with the addition of Dettori only going to see the price go shorter with Mullins and the jockey having previous, when coming together back in 2016 to land the Irish St Leger with Wicklow Brave and the Lonsdale Cup with Max Dynamite.

Mullins also took the Saturday feature last year with Low Sun and he is very bullish about his chances again in the contest this season.

(Credit Racing Post) He said: "Frankie is booked for Buildmeupbuttercup and we're delighted to have his services. We have a good record together.

"Buildmeupbuttercup was trying to give the winner [Kastasa] over a stone at Leopardstown last time and she almost did. That was a big run.

"The winner has gone on to win a Group race so that does not look like bad form at all. She has been flying at home since and I have been delighted with her."

The favourite for the Cheltenham hall of fame trainer is not the only horse he will be entering in the race with Great White Shark and Stratum looking more than likely to run at Newmarket in the £350,000 race.

"Stamina is the name of the game in the Cesarewitch, as we found out last year with Low Sun, and we have a good strong, staying team going over there. Great White Shark will run, as will Stratum, and they appear to be ideal types for the race."

Irish trainers have only won the handicap twice in the last 26 years but Mullins is looking to help that figure with three great challengers on the weekend.