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Stewards’ Cup Tips 2024

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.

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.

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.

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 2024.

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 2024?

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

Stewards’ Cup Past Winners 

2023Aberama GoldDavid O’MearaAndrea Atzeni18/1
2022Commanche FallsMichael DodsConnor Beasley25/1
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