Stewards’ Cup Betting Preview, Tips, Trends and Draw Bias

Khaadem winning the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood 2019

The feature race of the Saturday at Glorious Goodwood is not a group contest. It is, in fact, the Stewards’ Cup, an ultra-competitive Heritage Handicap over the six-furlong distance. Post time for the 2020 renewal is 3.35pm on Saturday 1st August. It will be broadcast on both the ITV main channel and Racing TV.

Although there have been some big-priced winners since the turn of the century, shorter prices have won the day in recent years. Despite the competitive nature of the race, you need a horse of quality.

You can find everything you need to know about the Stewards’ Cup below, from the thoughts and analysis of our experts, valuable stats and trends, free bets and our Stewards’ Cup tip.

Stewards Cup Runners and Riders

Nahaarr

Finished a close third in the Silver Wokingham at Royal Ascot and went two better at Newbury on his latest outing. Progressive for top connections, the best should be yet to come.

Meraas

Has won three of his four starts since the lockdown, a hugely impressive winner at Hamilton on his latest outing. A six-pound rise perhaps underestimates his recent progressive curve and he’s got very strong claims on paper.

Gulliver

Consistent in the top handicaps, fourth in the Wokingham prior to a recent narrow defeat at the Curragh in a Premier Handicap. Impossible to rule out given his recent great efforts and Angus Villiers’ removes a very useful five pounds.

Hey Jonesy

Returned to form when toughing it out to win the Wokingham at Royal Ascot off a five-pound lower rating. Still on a workable mark on his best form but very difficult to predict given his overall figures.

Swindler

Lightly-raced four-year-old who won two of his three starts in 2019. He was far from disgraced on return at Newmarket and sits on a very dangerous mark on best juvenile form. Could easily have more to offer with further racing.

Angel Alexander

Winner of the 2019 Ayr Gold Cup, he’s currently just two pounds higher than that winning rating. He disappointed on return at Royal Ascot, but his prior record in big-field events was encouraging. He’s visored for the first time and could feasibly overcome his draw.

Stewards Cup Tip

Winning three of his four starts in 2020, Meraas couldn’t have been much more impressive at Hamilton on his latest outing. Three-year-olds have a superb record in the Stewards’ Cup and despite the worst of the draw last time, he hosed up in grand style. A six-pound rise is far from harsh and the best is surely yet to come from this promising young sprinter.

Stewards Cup Stats and Trends

  • 13 of the last 18 winners raced at Ascot, Newmarket or York last time
  • 11 of the last 18 winners were aged either 4 or 5
  • 10 of the last 18 winners carried 9st 1lb or less
  • 10 of the last 18 winners had previously raced at Goodwood
  • 6 of the last 18 winners were sent off favourite

Given the truncated nature of the season, the trends may have less of a baring this time around. Nevertheless, they’re a good indicator and give a boost to the claims of Chairmanoftheboard. He was a winner at Newmarket on his latest outing and the four-year-old only carries 8st 11lb today. He’s previously won over course and distance and his current price makes him interesting for each-way terms.

Draw Bias

You want to be drawn low to have the best chance of winning the Stewards Cup. Although it’s not as pronounced a bias as some may think, in a race as competitive as this, you want every advantage possible.

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