Stewards’ Cup 2021: Your Tipping Guide To This Year’s Stewards’ Cup Stakes
Glorious Goodwood culminates with a fantastic Saturday card, headlined by the ultra-competitive Stewards’ Cup.
One of the most eagerly anticipated handicaps in the horse racing calendar, the Stewards’ Cup is often on the list of top betting races of the entire year. That is often due to its competitiveness, with up to 28 runners scorching down the 6f Goodwood track.
The current Stewards’ Cup betting has a range of sprinters, from unexposed three-year-olds to hardy veterans. Our Stewards’ Cup tips factor in everything from the ground to the draw, and with bookmakers fighting for business on one of the busiest betting days of the year, it is worth keeping on top of any offer revolving around the Stewards’ Cup.
These Stewards’ Cup 2021 offers can involve anything from extra places to free bets, and our tipping guide will aid in identifying the best of these offers and how you can capitalise on them.
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What to expect at this year’s Stewards’ Cup
Unexposed three-year-olds have been the go-to for punters in recent years, and it’s perhaps no surprise therefore to see two such horses amongst the shortest in the Stewards’ Cup odds.
First Folio is the first of the two. He has gone from strength to strength since joining his current connections from France, winning two of his three starts – his latest victory coming in a competitive three-year-old’s handicap at York which has a habit for throwing up smark winners.
Boomshalaa looked unfortunate when second at Royal Ascot on his penultimate start (form franked) but he could only muster ninth-place when sent off the favourite for a Newmarket handicap last time out. He may need softer conditions than what he experienced there, so any rainfall would be appreciated.
Besides the two unexposed three-year-olds, there is also a range of interesting horses lining up for the Stewards’ Cup 2021.
One such horse is Fresh, who put up a career-best performance when going down by just a neck in the Wokingham (usually a good trial for this) at Royal Ascot last time out. He is up just three pounds for that, which looks manageable, and he must enter calculations.
Last year’s winner Summerghand is a potential runner, yet no horse has successfully defended a Stewards’ Cup title since Sky Diver (1967, 1968).
History of The Stewards’ Cup
The inaugural renewal of the Stewards’ Cup took place at Goodwood back in 1840. No horse has won the Stewards’ Cup on three occasions, yet five horses have won the race twice, with the most recent of those being Sky Diver (1967, 1968).
Richard Hughes is currently the most successful rider in the history of the Stewards’ Cup, having won four renewals of the race. Hughes’ first victory in the Stewards’ Cup came on Shikari’s Son (1995) and his final win came almost twenty years later on Intrinsic (2014).
Three-year-old runners went 17 years without a winner from 1997 to 2014, yet that has been reversed in recent years with three of the last six winners coming from that age group – all three being sent off as the race favourite.
Not unusually for a sprint handicap of this nature, there have been some shock results down the years. Three of the last six winners have been priced up at 20/1 or bigger, whilst Conquest (2008) and Shikari’s Son (1995) both took the race at odds of 40/1. Something to bear in mind for anyone looking for Stewards’ Cup tips.