Stewards’ Cup Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.35 at Goodwood, 4th August 2018
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 Betting Tips
- Foxtrot Lady to win at 12/1 with Bet365
- Summerghand each way at 50/1 with Betfred
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Stewards’ Cup Preview and Predictions
There are some excellent Group level races during Glorious Goodwood but for punters there’s nothing quite like a big field handicap. That’s why many believe that the 28 runner Stewards’ Cup, run over six furlongs on the meeting’s fifth and final day, is the most exciting race of the lot. The last 10 renewals were bookended by winners at 25/1 and 40/1 but three winning favourites in that time paints a picture of a race in which the best horses are starting to dominate.
Foxtrot Lady Can Dance to Success
Race 28 thoroughbreds against each other over a sprint trip on an undulating track and a certain amount of chaos is always going to ensue. That chaos often plays a part in producing a big odds winner but Lancelot Du Lac last year became the first winner at over 12/1 in the last seven renewals. Winners of the Stewards’ Cup from the top of the betting are becoming increasingly common and in Foxtrot Lady we may just have another one.
The competition just to get a place in this race means there is less chance of a horse from lower down the rankings coming through the field to win so Foxtrot Lady’s rating of 100 and the 8st 10lb that she’s carrying is nothing to be concerned about.
Moreover, Andrew Balding’s filly heads to Goodwood in great form. She won last time out in a similarly competitive handicap against 19 other opponents at Newmarket where she showed real battling spirit to win by a nose. A repeat of that sort of performance could well be enough for Foxtrot Lady to win again so her price of 12/1 with Bet365 looks generous.
Aces Capable of Making it Three in a Row
You have to be very brave or completely convinced to tackle the Stewards’ Cup with just one horse. This is a contest which is tailormade for each way betting and there are several options worth considering for Saturday’s renewal.
Aces is one such option. The six-year-old has already won twice this season since being taken under the wing of new trainer, Ian Williams, and has a real chance of the hat trick at odds of 20/1 with Ladbrokes. He’s obviously been penalised for those wins but Aces is dropping down in trip and should enjoy the stiffer pace. However, those looking for a big win may be tempted to back Summerghand instead.
Hard Working Summerghand a Real Threat
David O’Meara has kept his four-year-old very busy this season with nine performances already. His performance levels have not shown any sign of tailing off though. O’Meara stepped Summerghand up in class when entering him in the Sky Bet Dash at York last time out and in claiming a place he showed he can compete against the calibre of horse he’ll face at Goodwood.
As well as being able to keep his good form going, Summerghand’s trips around the country will stand him in good stead when contending with the tricky track at Goodwood so he has every chance of claiming a place at 50/1 with Betfred.
Stewards’ Cup Previous Winners
- 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.