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Stewards’ Cup Preview – Key Runners, Outsiders + Verdict

The Stewards Cup over 6 furlongs at Goodwood on Saturday is one of the feature contests, and one of the feature sprinting handicaps of the whole flat season. Charlie Hills has won two of the last 10 renewals of this race, and he currently has the market leader this year with a lightly raced potential improver. Can he land his career best prize, or one of the more experienced sprinters beat him? Only time will tell.

Jake Russell (@JakeRuss1000) takes a look at the main market leaders, as well as picking out a few horses to keep an eye on at decent prices. Check out his thoughts on the race:

Odds correct at time of posting – 4.30pm 4th August

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Key Runners

Orazio

Charlie Hills and Jim Crowley (11/2 Best Price)

Charlie Hills have done quite well in this race since 2013, with two winners in the contest since then with Magical Memory in 2015, and then Khaadem in 2019 with Jim Crowley onboard, who rides the current market leader for the yard this year. Orazio is lightly raced having only had the 7 runs, 3 of which have ended in a victory, including on his first start of the season at Newmarket in April, with Probe a length in behind that day. That was off the mark of 89, now he is currently marked 102, which is some way a career best. He ran a cracker last time at Royal Ascot in the Wokingham, where he finish 6th, only beaten by just under 3 lengths, which was convincingly a career best effort from him. He was a winner on soft at Ascot on his 2nd start of the season, so the current conditions at Goodwood will more than suit, and judging on his efforts last time, he very much looks the type to win a large sprinting handicap contest. This very much could be the one he manages to win on just his 8th run. Draw could prove a little issue, as in previous years of this race the higher draws have been advantageous, however the last few winners have been drawn low.


Bielsa

Kevin Ryan and Ryan Moore (12/1 Best Price)

A real big field handicap sprinter who absolutely loves these big field contests, a smooth winner of the Ayr Gold Cup back in September of 2021, as well as a game effort in the Churchill Tyres Handicap at York this season, where he really bounced back to form. He was down the field in the Wokingham at the Royal meeting in June, where Orazio finished ahead of him that day, but the draw probably wasn’t in his favour that day, but he does head to Goodwood off the back of a 40+ break, which is something that usually really plays to his strength. He was rated just a lb lower in the Ayr Gold Cup win back in 2021, and is just 4lb’s higher than his last win which was two runs ago. There is a little risk in backing him, and he has never won off this mark before, plus he can run into trouble during his races, but as mentioned he clearly thrives in this big runner fields and things are very much in his favour for this, however he might want the ground to dry up slightly and no rain to fall, although he has ran on any conditions previously. The high draw has been favourable in previous running’s of this race, although the draw bias doesn’t seem to be as high as once used to in this contest.


King’s Lynn

Andrew Balding and Harry Davies (14/1 Best Price)

The top weight in this race is a horse who promised so much over the years, who has been contesting into black type races, as well as big field handicaps, and he always seems to be very fancied in the market. He was beaten by Nymphadora by just a length at Chester in May, who has since gone on to win a Listed Sprint at York, so that form looks decent. Again like most of these in this, he ran in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot last time, where he finished a 3 length 9th, which looking back on wasn’t particularly that bad of the run given where he finished passing the line. Once rated 111 at his peak level, he should be to good for these, but he is only 4lb’s lower now and does run in this off top weight in this, and does have a fair bit to carry given the nature of the contest. Last time out he was well fancied again in the market at Ascot, where things did not go that well at all, where he was slow away and hampered early on in the contest. He was running on well late on, but just couldn’t catch the leading charge. The lower draw might not be favourable, however he is clearly the best horse in the race, so should all go his way in the race, he could finally get off the mark in these big field handicaps.


Apollo One

Peter Charalambous and James Clutterbuck (14/1 Best Price)

One of the more interesting runners in this contest, he has been in good form on the all-weather towards the end of last season when coming 2nd in a class 3 contest at Kempton, just beaten by a neck. Before going on to win next time out when beating the re-opposing Aramis Grey in the London Sprint Series Final. He has continued in the same vein on turf this year, placed all three starts in competitive 6f handicaps, including a very good 2nd in the Wokingham at the Royal Ascot, where he was beaten a length by St Lawrence. He had several of these in behind when runner-up in the Wokingham last time, of which he is now been raised 3lb’s from that performance to the rating of 100, a rating that he was at back in 2021. There is now St Lawrence in this, and he has been the bridesmaid on three occasions this season, this could finally be the big field handicap he gets his head in front in.


Outsiders To Watch

Aberama Gold

David O’Meara and Andrea Atzeni (18/1 Best Price)

A real likeable and consistent type who like mot of these, always seems to run very well in these big field sprinting contests. He was a back-to-back winner for his previous trainer Keith Dalgleish in June, winning some nice prizes in the process, before going on to open his account for present/new yard David O’Meara, at the second attempt in 15-runner York handicap recently, beating Manila Scouse by a neck. He appears to be effective on most ground, with wins on good, good to firm and the standard of the all-weather service, which can act as softer conditions. That win last time he means he has to run here with a penalty, and doesn’t have a claimer on like last time (Mark Winn rode him, who claims 3lb’s) Therefore following up here under a penalty will demand a far bigger and arguably a career performance.


Mums Tipple

Richard Hannon and Frankie Dettori (20/1 Best Price)

A horse that was one of the most impressive 2yo winners of the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes at York in his 2yo season, he looked to have the whole world at his feet, however that didn’t go according to plan unfortunately. Now he is more predominately a consistent sort in 6f/7f handicaps and, but did come up short in listed company at Haydock in May, but did come a very decent 4th in the Wokingham Stakes last time, a race where most of these seemed to have run in. That really got back on track last time, and now the older he gets the more he looks like winning a big field race like this. The Hannon charge is versatile ground-wise and again has the assistance of Frankie Dettori, who does seem to get the best out of the horse, so it would be no surprise if he’s on the premises once more running off the mark of 101, he was once running at the peak rating of 115, which was in his 3yo season 3 years ago.


Badri

Ruth Carr and Ryan Sexton (22/1 Best Price)

A very consistent sort for Ruth Carr, who has won 8 races in 30 career starts. He was better than ever when getting the better of Apollo One and Mr Wagyu in a valuable 6f Epsom handicap on Derby Day, to which he won by a neck. He found only a progressive and younger rival in The Big Board too good at Ascot last time and return, where the 5f trip was probably a bit to sharp for him, but he still ran with loads of credit. This step back up to 6f looks a very good move from connections, but this demands a clear career-best to win given the nature of the track, horses he’s up against and the fact he is running off a career high mark of 100. But he has been coming on well with each run in every career start, so it would be no surprise if he runs well in this.


Big-Race Verdict: 

As usual this is a very competitive race, and many factors could play a part in who wins it, like any race I suppose, but these sort of big field sprinting contests more so. Charlie Hills has won two of the last 10 renewals of this race with Magical Memory and Khaadem, and the latter has gone on to win a Group 1 since, getting better with age, which the same could be said with his runner in this Orazio. At this stage Orazio would be the one to side with for me, he holds some decent form in these types of races and he could be the one to improve to land a race of this nature. He has to run to a new career level, but he is improving with each run as mentioned, therefore I expect him to win this. Mums Tipple has been running well the older he has been getting, and Frankie Dettori seems to ride him well in these types of races, I think he could get into the places at what is a very eye catching price currently.

SELECTION – Orazio (11/2 Best Price EW) and Mums Tipple (20/1 Best Price EW)


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