Grand Providence and Hayley Turner in the familar Drakenstein colours (Picture: Sporting Life)
The Andrew Balding-trained three-year-old Nathaniel filly Grand Providence, who is out of the South African-bred dual-Grade 1-winning mare Same Jurisdiction (Mambo In Seattle), won the Turners Cesarewitch Trial Handicap over two miles and two furlongs at Newmarket last Saturday under Hayley Turner and thus booked a berth in the famous Cesarewitch which takes place on October 14.
The progressive staying filly stayed on strongest of all on Saturday and is now 10/1 second favourite for the Cesarewitch.
Grand Providence was bred by Gaynor Rupert’s UK-based Cayton Park Stud Limited and runs for the stud too in the same colours as Drakenstein Stud’s familiar blue colours with a white square.
The Cesarewitch was inaugurated in 1839 in the same year as another big handicap, The Cambridgeshire, which is run in late September, and together they are known as the Autumn Double.
The Cesarewitch is run on the Newmarket Rowley mile over two miles and two furlongs and first prize is £103,080.
Grand Providence’s official rating increased two points from 85 to 87 after her win on Saturday, meaning she will carry a light weight of 7 stone 12 (50kg) in the Cesarewitch.