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2018 Stewards’ Cup tips – 10/1 and 14/1 trendsetters in Goodwood’s historic handicap

A wonderful view of the cavalry charge which is the Steward's Cup at Goodwood.

Our expert lists the key trends and highlights two runners who tick most of the boxes in the Stewards’ Cup Handicap at Goodwood on Saturday 4th August.

The final day of Glorious Goodwood may not feature a prestigious Group One, but for over 150 years, some of the finest handicap sprinters on the circuit have been travelling to Sussex to take part in the Stewards’ Cup. This Heritage Handicap has been won by some classy horses down the years, with the names of Lochsong, Danetime and Borderlescott standing out on the recent roll of honour.

With a field of 28 tightly matched sprinters set to line up on Saturday, trying to unearth a winner may feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Luckily, there are certain trends we can use to point us in the right direction.

Our expert has taken a look through recent renewals of the Stewards’ Cup, listed some recurring trends and identified two entrants which tick most of the required boxes.

Stewards’ Cup Key Trends


  • 14 of last 20 winners were either four or five-years-old
  • 14 of last 20 winners weighted between 8-10 and 9-05
  • 15 of last 20 winners rated between 95 and 104
  • 16 of last 20 winners carried odds of 14/1 or less
  • 15 of last 15 winners had appeared either once at Goodwood or were making their debut at track
  • 14 of last 15 winners had won on the ground
  • 14 of last 15 winners had won over six furlongs
  • 14 of last 15 winners had appeared in a handicap with 20 runners or more
  • 13 of last 15 winners had appeared at least three times that season
  • 10 of last 15 winners ran in that year's Wokingham at Royal Ascot
  • 6 of last 10 winners drawn stall 14 or wider (60% of placers in last ten years drawn 14 or wider)

Stewards’ Cup Trendsetters


Clive Cox’s charge was campaigned at a high-level during 2017. Tis Marvellous ran in many of the most prestigious Grouped sprints on the circuit, finishing behind Blue Point, Caravaggio and Battaash in races like the Commonwealth Cup, the Pavillion Stakes and the Flying Five over at the Curragh.

A gelding operation preceded a winter trip to Meydan, where Tis Marvellous got his first taste of handicaps in two large-field contests. The four-year-old’s return to British turf came in the Longholes Handicap at Newmarket, where he ran well from a tricky inside draw to finished a-length-and-a-half behind Gifted Master in fifth.

Once again, Tis Marvellous found himself drawn away from ideal track position in the Wokingham and tried to track Dreamfield as the favourite broke away from that pack. In the end, he and Dreamfield were the only two of the top ten to have been drawn in single-figure stalls, so that one length defeat has to be regarded as an excellent result and it’s no surprise to see Tis Marvellous sitting so prominently in the Stewards’ Cup betting.


Silent Echo announced his arrival on the sprinting scene during the first half of the season. A strong runner-up finish behind Dreamfield was followed by back-to-back victories in Class Three handicaps at Windsor, comfortably seeing off some decent rivals when carrying 10-3 and 9-8 on his back.

A fresh rating of 101 meant Silent Echo had to shoulder 9-2 in the Wokingham, but Peter Hedger’s improving sprinter acquitted himself very well. The four-year-old had to work hard in the early stages to claim a good position from the second widest stall of all and Tom Marquands’ mount plugged in the closing stages to claim the fifth and final place.

While anyone would regard that as an extremely good result, the handicapped took a different view, dropping Silent Echo’s rating by a couple of pounds. Joe Fanning will be in Silent Echo’s saddle for the first time and he will be desperate to better the runner-up finishes he achieved with Vale Of Kent and Marnie James earlier in the week, as he makes his debut riding in the Stewards’ Cup.

The only trend box Tis Marvellous and Silent Echo fail to tick off is the final trend on the List. Both have been drawn on the inside half of the track and, while the trend stats don’t back it up, that’s always been regarded as the most favourable half of the Goodwood strip and it’s a trend both could easily overcome. 


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2018 Stewards’ Cup tips – 10/1 and 14/1 trendsetters in Goodwood’s historic handicap

Our expert lists the key trends and highlights two runners who tick most of the boxes in the Stewards’ Cup Handicap at Goodwood on Saturday 4th August.

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