Stewards’ Cup Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.35 at Goodwood, 5th August 2017
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.
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Qatar Stewards’ Cup Preview and Predictions
Among the many reasons why Glorious Goodwood is such a popular festival is the actual course itself. Goodwood Racecourse is known as one of the fastest tracks around and it produces especially fast sprints as the opening section of the straight is downhill.
The fast start that promotes helps make the Stewards’ Cup one of the most highly anticipated sprints of the season. The six furlong handicap is also as competitive as it gets from a betting perspective. We haven’t seen a repeat winner of the Steward’s Cup since Sky Diver in 1968 as the large field, handicap ratings and hectic nature of the race makes it hard for any one horse to dominate.
You’ve only got to look at the betting for this year’s renewal to see just how competitive it’s going to be. Projection is the bookies’ favourite at a general 7/1 but the next five horses are all 16/1 or shorter.
While Projection is likely to be a major factor, that price doesn’t represent the same sort of value that the 10/1 Bet365 are quoting on Polybius. David Simcock’s gelding placed in two starts at Ascot since returning from a short spell racing in Dubai and is still not quite at his highest rating. There is plenty of life left in the six-year-old and it will only take a bit of luck in running for him to claim the Stewards’ Cup.
25/1 Each Way Value
On first viewing, Edward Lewis’ ninth place finish in the Heritage Handicap at Ascot (in which Polybius came second) was disappointing. But, look a little deeper and you’ll see that David O’Meara’s four-year-old actually did well given how bad his draw was. He’s run well on fast tracks before and is still capable of improving. So, try an each way bet on Edward Lewis at 25/1 with BetVictor.
Stewards’ Cup Previous Winners
- 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.