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Stewards Cup Tips 2022

The Stewards Cup is an ultra-competitive handicap and is generally considered to be one of the biggest betting races of the entire season. Our experts have delved into the state of affairs in this year’s renewal of the 6f contest, producing expert insight and tips to help you find the winner.

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Stewards Cup Tips – Overlooked Outsiders

The Stewards’ Cup is a cracking contest and down the years we’ve had winners at 33/1, 40/1 and even 50/1. This makes it well worth identifying some outsiders that could outrun their healthy each-way odds.

Whenthedealinsdone was hoped to be a potential Group horse by his connections this season yet things haven’t quite gone to plan for the 4yo, who was only eleventh in the Palace House on seasonal reappearance. Whenthedealinsdone was much improved when a close-up seventh at Ascot earlier this month. A winner at Glorious Goodwood 12 months ago, there’s every chance that Whenthedealinsdone has been lined up for this and a mark of 96 looks well within reach.

Saint Lawrence has some smart backform to his name which includes a Listed juvenile win and placed efforts in two Group 3s. He finished third in a strong renewal of the Palace House Stakes on seasonal reappearance and has since gone on to finish a 100/1 sixth in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. Saint Lawrence wasn’t at his best in the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes a fortnight ago, but he drops into handicap company here and shouldn’t be ruled out.

Mums Tipple has won only one of his last 19 starts, but he has shaped on more than one occasion this season like a horse that has a big handicap in him, and he could be a particularly interesting runner dropped to 6f for the Stewards’ Cup. After a couple of midfield finishes in 7f Ascot handicaps, Mums Tipple put up a good showing when third on Newmarket’s July course earlier this month. He was heavily backed that day, suggesting that he has showing connections something at home, and off the same mark looks a big player in this contest.

How to pick a Stewards Cup winner

The Stewards’ Cup is a notoriously tricky sprint handicap and therefore it’s perhaps no real surprise that there’s been a real spread when it comes to the ages of the winning horses in recent years. Three 3yos have won the Stewards’ Cup in the last decade (all went off favourite) but we’ve also had two 6yo winners and a 7yo winner, so neither experience nor lack of makes a massive difference.

Being a handicap, the Stewards’ Cup weights have a part to play, and this is a race which has tended to go towards a classy horse carrying a big weight as opposed to a well-handicapped runner off a light burden. Seven of the last ten Stewards’ Cup winners carried most than 9st to victory, whilst four carried 9st 6lb or more.

Prices are everything in big-field handicaps like the Stewards’ Cup, yet given its competitiveness, this hasn’t been a race to avoid for punters. There’ve been three winning favourites in the last ten years, whilst only three of the last ten went off bigger than 12/1. 

The draw is always worth taking note of in the Stewards’ Cup, yet we’ve had a real spread of winners from across the track recently. Magical Memory won from stall 1 in 2015, but Rex Imperator won from stall 26 in 2013. Generally speaking, being drawn in either the top 10 or low 10 stalls has been the place to be, with this finding eight of the last ten winners.

All About The Stewards Cup: Past and Present

The Stewards’ Cup is one of the longest-standing handicaps around and is now one of the highlights of the Glorious Goodwood festival. Having originally been run on the opening day, the Stewards’ Cup has now moved to the final day – day 5, where it takes pride of place on the card.

The race has had many sponsors throughout the years, with the likes of the Tote and William Hill sponsoring the race in the early 80s and 90s, the race runs in the name of bookmaker Coral in 2022.

Five horses have won the Stewards’ Cup more than once, but none since the 60s and no horse has won three Stewards’ Cups. John Scott and James Jewitt are the joint most successful trainers in the history of the Stewards’ Cup with four wins apiece, whilst Richard Hughes is currently the most successful rider in the history of the Stewards’ Cup, having landed four renewals.

How Do Horses Qualify For the Stewards Cup Race?

Horses aged 3yo and up are available to run in the Stewards’ Cup, whilst both sexes can contest the race. The race is an open handicap, so it has no parameters in terms of topweight and has a maximum field size of 28.

What is the Stewards Cup Prize Money in 2022?

The Stewards’ Cup winner gets £128,850 whilst the second picks up over £50,000. 

Stewards Cup Past Winners 

2021Commanche FallsMichael DodsConnor Beasley10/1
2020SummerghandDavid O’MearaDaniel Tudhope22/1
2019KhaademCharles HillsJim Crowley4/1F
2018Gifted MasterHugo Palmer Jason Watson20/1
2017Lancelot Du LacDean IvoryFrankie Dettori25/1
2016Dancing StarAndrew BaldingDavid Probert9/2F
2015Magical MemoryCharles HillsFrankie Dettori6/1F
2014IntrinsicRobert CowellRichard Hughes6/1
2013Rex ImperatorWilliam HaggasNeil Callan12/1
2012HawkeyethenooJim Goldie Graham Lee9/1