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Irish hopeful Mount Athos heads field for Cesarewitch

Irish horse Mount Athos heads a maximum field of 34 declared for the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket tomorrow.

The David Wachman-trained four-year-old is owned by Dr Marwan Koukash, who has a useful second string to his bow in Never Can Tell from Jamie Osborne's stable.

There were no notable withdrawals at the 48-hour final declaration stage, with Ajaan, Regent Street, English Summer and Hawk Mountain the only defectors.

Their absence has allowed in L Frank Baum, Abergavenny, Bow To No One and Tasheba to make the cut for the two-and-a-quarter mile cavalry charge.

The main ante-post players, including Nicky Henderson's Veiled, Mark Prescott's Tuscan Gold, Hughie Morrison's Cosimo de Medici and Dermot Weld's Rainforest Magic, all stood their ground. Dan Cantillon believes his Cesarewitch candidate, La Estrella, is a lively outsider.

After having racked up six consecutive victories at a lowly level at Southwell, the eight-year-old finished a creditable fifth behind Veiled in the Ascot Stakes.

"He should get two-and-a-quarter miles fine, he's got a good draw and he has his regular jockey Dane O'Neill up again, which is a positive," reasoned Cantillon. "He's been such a good horse for me, winning five in a row and then six in a row on the all-weather, and he's been an amazing fellow to train."