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Aaim To Prosper creates history in Cesarewitch at Newmarket

Updated: Saturday, 13 Oct 2012 23:22 | Comments

Aaim To Prosper keeps Countrywide Flame and Tominator at bay in the Newmarket marathon which spans two counties
Aaim To Prosper keeps Countrywide Flame and Tominator at bay in the Newmarket marathon which spans two counties

History was made at Newmarket on Saturday as Aaim To Prosper became the first horse to win the Betfred Cesarewitch twice.

Not many punters fancied his chances as Brian Meehan's eight-year-old was sent off at 66-1 to not only to become the first double winner, but to also defy top weight.

He was drawn in stall one, which seems so vital, despite the race being over two and a quarter miles, but Kieren Fallon was scrubbing along from some way out.

The 7-1 favourite Countrywide Flame looked a huge danger, but the Triumph Hurdle winner could never quite get on terms and went down by half a length.

Tominator, having his first start for Jonjo O'Neill, also briefly threatened, but crossed the line in third, with Mark Prescott's Motivado fourth.

A breathless Fallon said: "He was off the bridle all the way.

"He's tough as nails and he really wanted it.

"This bit of juice in the ground has helped.

"I thought we were playing for second but when he picked up, he found a new lease of life."

Meehan said: "Kieren has everyone's respect.

"He's a wonderful rider and rode him here a couple of weeks ago - he knew what he was getting on and what the horse needed.

"I'm thrilled with the horse and he's made a bit of history.

"He'd been running in Pattern and stakes races but you couldn't be confident with top weight.

"He's 20lb higher than when he last won it, but he did seem in really good shape and looking well at home.

"Good horses can come back and do it again and I'm delighted."

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