BIG Easy was steered into a perfectly-timed run to claim the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket.
Ridden by Tom Queally, Big Easy hit the front inside the final furlong of the two-and-quarter-mile feature to land the £155,625 first prize.
Trained by Philip Hobbs and owned by Terry Warner, Big Easy was following in the hoofprints of Detroit City who won the race for the same connections back in 2006.
Mr Burbridge set the early gallop with Queally adopting a watching brief aboard the 10-1 winner and biding his time as Teak was the first to really kick for home with half a mile still to run. He was quickly swallowed up and it looked as though Richard Hughes had launched a victorious challenge when favourite Quick Jack hit the front and was seemingly still travelling well. However, first De Rigueur and then Big Easy really began to motor with Queally pushing on inside the distance to record a three-quarter length victory.
De Rigueur edged Quick Jack into second by a short head with Brass Ring back in fourth.
Queally said: “I’d planned to be handy but they went steadier than I thought. He battled and Tony Martin’s horse (Quick Jack) kind of got first run on me but I knew once I got him out of the dip, he’d have a little bit left. I rode a little bit handier than I did in the trial and he dug deep.”
At Musselburgh, Titus Bolt gained a gutsy win from the front in the Betfair Scottish Stayers’ Series Final on the final day of Scotland’s Flat season. At one point several lengths clear, he was driven out by Gary Bartley to hang on by a head from Clear Spell with Gold Chain only a neck away in third place.
The 9/1 winner was one of five runners in the 1m 5f handicap for Jim Goldie and Bartley said: “I knew he stayed well as he has won at 2m 4f over hurdles. He got a little lit up but he found enough.”
Andrew Balding and Sam Hitchcott teamed up to land the Willie Park Trophy with Chesil Beach who saw off Altaayil by a length. The winning jockey said: “She’s really tough and this is her fourth win in a row. It’s a long way to come but a nice prize so it’s all been worthwhile.”
One Chance, a first course winner for fledgling Newmarket trainer John Butler, took the Graphic Impressions 21st Anniversary Conditions Stakes under Daniel Muscutt. Butler said: “The conditions suited her, that’s why we came all this way, and we stuck the cheekpieces back on. She did it well in the end and will stay in training next year when she will make up into a nice filly.”
An Cat Dubh was bought in for £4,600 by winning trainer Tim Pitt after landing the Wilsons Ruby Wedding Selling Handicap to initiate a double for Muscutt. George Chaloner is now one short of riding out his claim after booting home a double on Henrytheaeroplane and Zuhoor Baynoona.