Stewards’ Cup Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.40 at Goodwood, 3rd August 2019
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting contests of Glorious Goodwood is the Qatar Stewards Cup, which is held on the final day. Read on for the best odds, offers and betting tips surrounding this full throttle affair.
First run at Goodwood way, way back in 1840, this 6f Class 2 handicap for runners aged three and older now offers £250,000 in guaranteed prize money. Whilst the Nassau Stakes may be the highlight of the whole meeting for many, there is no doubting that this is a great spectacle.
Qatar Stewards Cup Ante Post Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Hey Jonesy to win at 16/1 with bet365
- Gunmetal each way at 20/1 with BetVictor
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Stewards’ Cup Ante Post Preview and Predictions
For many racing fans the Stewards’ Cup is the highlight of Glorious Goodwood. It is always one of the most fascinating betting heats of the season with plenty of action in the markets many weeks before the 6 furlong handicap race takes place.
Experience and Hardiness Come to the Fire
The Stewards’ Cup is not a race in which you should simply back the classiest horse. Take Emblazoned for example. John Gosden’s four-year-old has run well in big Group 1 sprints before and has the out and out class to get the better of any of those he’ll face at Goodwood. However, he is lightly raced for a four-year-old and is severely lacking the sort of battle scars that previous Stewards’ Cup winners picked up from big field sprint handicaps prior to their Goodwood triumph.
As well as looking for sprint handicap form, it should pay to focus on the top half of the ante post market. The recent wins for Gifted Master (20/1) and Lancelot Du Lac (25/1) were the exception rather than the rule. Just one of the eight winners prior to the last two renewals went off bigger than 12/1 with that number including three horses who were either favourite or joint favourite.
Wokingham Pair Can Make the Best of Better Luck
Hey Jonesy is one of the 100+ current entries for the Stewards’ Cup with enough experience of this sort of race to believe he won’t be overly troubled by the size of the field or occasion at Goodwood.
Kevin Ryan’s four-year-old added to his sprint handicap experience at this year’s Royal Ascot where he just couldn’t fire in the closing stages to get into the mix. He’s a very hardy type who won’t easily be thrown off his stride and will likely be much shorter than 16/1 come race day.
Gunmetal is another who just didn’t get the rub of the green in the Wokingham. He was the best placed of the horses who ran out towards the far side of the course at Ascot but just wasn’t well placed enough to have a say in the finish.
That was one of a number of big sprint handicaps in which Gunmetal has run including the 2018 Stewards’ Cup. He may well utilise that experience to land a place at a generous price.
Hey Jonesy looks to have the combination of experience and class to get the job done in a race the size of the Stewards’ Cup. It would be massive for connections to get their hands on the winner’s prize of £155,000 and he has a genuine shot at 16/1 with bet365.
Gunmetal is another with a genuine chance. His experience and ability to fight until the line make him a danger from the middle portion of the betting at 20/1 with BetVictor. We expect both of these to go off shorter on the day so get on now and check back closer to the race for updated betting tips.
Stewards’ Cup Previous Winners
- 2018 – Gifted Master – jockey Jason Watson, trainer Hugo Palmer
- 2017 – Lancelot Du Lac – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Dean Ivory
- 2016 – Dancing Star – jockey David Probert, trainer Andrew Balding
- 2015 – Magical Memory – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Charles Hills
- 2014 – Intrinsic – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Robert Cowell
- 2013 – Rex Imperator – jockey Neil Callan, trainer William Haggas
- 2012 – Hawkeyethenoo – jockey Graham Lee, trainer Jim Goldie
- 2011 – Hoof It – jockey Kieren Fallon, trainer Mick Easterby
- 2010 – Evens and Odds – jockey Billy Cray, trainer David Nicholls
- 2009 – Genki – jockey Steve Drowne, trainer Roger Charlton
- 2008 – Conquest – jockey Dane O’Neill , trainer William Haggas
- 2007 – Zidane – jockey Jamie Spencer, trainer James Fanshawe
- 2006 – Borderlescott – jockey Royston Ffrench, trainer Robin Bastiman
Race History and Top Jockeys and Trainers
The Stewards’ Cup itself did exist before the year 1840, but did not have a specific race to which it belonged. Prior to the running of the inaugural 6f event in this year, the Stewards’ Cup was allocated to a race of the senior stewards’ choosing, and so in theory at least, could be awarded to the winner of a different race every year. Not an ideal state of affairs and one with which Lord George Bentinck was not satisfied. It was he who pioneered the awarding of the trophy to the winner of this six furlong contest on a a permanent basis.
The race has been run at this Sussex venue every year, barring the war years of 1918 and 1940 and has gone under its Stewards’ Cup title in every year except 2014 when sponsors 32Red renamed it the 32Red Cup.
Trainers and Jockeys
John Scott won the very first edition of this race with Epirus and scored three more times by the year 1860. His winning total was equalled when James Jewitt recorded a fourth success of his own in 1898 but as of 2015 is yet to be surpassed.
Four is also the leading total amongst the jockeys here, although this was set in far more recent times. Richard Hughes is the man who holds the honour, with his victory aboard Intrinsic in 2014 moving him one clear of Willie Carson.
With few runners possessing both the ability to cope in a big field and to handle what is something of a specialists’ track, it isn’t that surprising that the race has seen a number of multiple winners over the years. Marvel, Golden Rod, Lord Annandale, Sugar Palm and Sky Diver have all doubled up here but no horse has yet won the race three times.
In terms of the age of the winners, the edge seems to lie with the older performers. Using the period 1978-2015 as a sample we find that the record stands at seven wins for the three year olds, 17 for the four year olds, and 14 wins for those aged five and older.