Sun shines for Champs Elysees in £500,000 Cesarewitch
Champs Elysees was responsible for the Cesarewitch winner for a second consecutive year when the Willie Mullins-trained Low Sun (5g Champs Elysees-Winter Solstice, by Unfuwain) landed the £500,000 handicap at Newmarket on Saturday.
The winner of valuable handicap hurdles at this year’s Galway Festival and Fairyhouse at Easter, the five-year-old showed his battling qualities to claim the 33-runner 2m 2f under Seamie Heffernan.
Low Sun was emulating possible Melbourne Cup contender Withhold (5g Champs Elysees-Coming Back, by Fantastic Light), who landed a big gamble in last year’s Cesarewitch.
“Low Sun is such a tough horse, he never gives up and he's such a grafter, the more you ask from him the more he gives,” said Mullins.
“I told Aidan O'Brien that I had one for Seamie. I thought from the beginning he would be the perfect match for Low Sun, he's such a grafter and he never gives up in his races, just like the horse he rode today, so they were a match made in heaven.
“They went hard, I think it probably ran more like a two and a half mile race, which would have suited Low Sun because of the way he races. Once he was in front up the rail I knew he would be very hard to pass.”