As always in big field sprint handicaps, much can be made of the draw and where on the track you want your horse to be positioned. This is no different at Glorious Goodwood with the Stewards’ Cup and Stewards’ Sprint Cup (Consolation race for the former named).
The winners’ draw for recent years in the Stewards’ Cup make for interesting reading, the last seven years in particular. In that time period, only one winner has been drawn in the centre of the track, with the other six all coming out of stalls within 4 of the edge.
Magical Memory won from stall 1 in 2015, a couple of wins from 4, one from 22 (out of 24) and a couple one stall away from the stands rail. So there is an even spread from each side of the track, but on recent evidence, it appears it has paid to be on the wing.
Taking this data into account for this years renewal, the majority of the pace appears to be situated in the lower numbers with Lake Volta in 1, Justanotherbottle in 9 and Air Raid in 12 all liking to get on with things. Ornate will more than likely blast out of 15 so anything lower than that should get a fair bit of pace to aim at.
Baring this in mind, hold up horse Summerghand could get an ideal set up from a low stall in 6 with plenty of horses to take him into the race. He was a solid fifth in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot which is working out well and the booking of Ryan Moore has to be noted.
Over the same course and distance as the Stewards’ Cup, the consolation race follows a similar draw pattern, particularly when speaking about the lower stalls.
Five of the last ten winners were drawn in stall 7 or below, so once again it may be beneficial to be coming out of a low number. But in contrast to the aforementioned Stewards’ Cup, there doesn’t look to be too much pace on here.
However, Poyle Vinnie has been racing up with the pace in recent starts and looks like he could potentially get a solo in front on his side of the track coming out of stall 1. He ran a belter here on Tuesday when just losing out in the final strides and is clearly thriving.