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Summerghand faces a maximum of 27 rivals in his bid to regain the Stewards’ Cup on the final day of Glorious Goodwood 2023.
The winner of the 2020 renewal finished well down the field in his last two cracks at the heritage handicap and he looks set to be up against it as he runs off a rating of 100, which is 3lbs higher than his revised mark.
Orazio has proved popular in the betting thanks to his rapid progress this term, Michael Appleby will be hoping Juan Les Pins can provide him with another high-profile winner at the meeting, while promising jockey Harry Davies is booked on Royal runner and top weight King’s Lynn in the 15:35.
The latest Stewards’ Cup odds are on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise Timeform’s guide to the runners as well as betting tips from the racing boffins can be found below.
Stewards’ Cup tips
Timeform: Conditions were probably too quick for ORAZIO in the Wokingham and, with slower ground on the cards here, the lightly-raced 4-y-o is taken to regain the winning thread. He left the strong impression that there’s a big prize in him when landing handicaps at Newmarket and Ascot during the spring, and the booking of the in-form Jim Crowley adds to his appeal. Albasheer and the selection’s stablemate Tanmawwy are feared most in that order of preference, while King’s Lynn is also shortlisted.
Stewards’ Cup runners
Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Harry Davies Age: 6 Weight: 9st 11lbs Draw: 7
Landed the Group 2 Temple Stakes in the early stages of last season and since posted several creditable efforts in defeat, including when ninth of 27 in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot in June. Better than bare result back at Ascot last time and won’t mind conditions, so he’s one to consider.
Trainer: Jonathan Portman Jockey: Rhys Clutterbuck Age: 3 Weight: 9st 9lbs Draw: 16
Progressive 2-y-o last term, winner of a C&D nursery at this meeting 12 months ago and signed off that campaign with victory in the Cornwallis at Newmarket. By no means disgraced in listed/Group company this season but he has plenty on his plate back in handicap company off this mark.
Trainer: Charlie Fellowes Jockey: Callum Shepherd Age: 4 Weight: 9st 8lbs Draw: 9
Twice a winner of 7f handicaps during what has already been a busy 2023 campaign for this 4-y-o. Respectable mid-field finish in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) last time and shapes as though sprinting could be his thing, but others look better treated all the same.
Trainer: Charles Hills Jockey: Connor Planas Age: 5 Weight: 9st 7lbs Draw: 8
Duly bounced back from a disappointing effort at Newmarket during the spring when landing a fast-ground 6f Windsor handicap last month. This is more demanding under a penalty and Orazio appears to be the stable No 1, but Connor Planas’ claim will help and he’s not without each-way hope.
Trainer: Charles Hills Jockey: Jim Crowley Age: 4 Weight: 9st 6lbs Draw: 6
Low-mileage 4-y-o who looked a sprinter going places when landing 6f handicaps at Newmarket (good to soft) and Ascot (soft) during the spring. Ground may have been too lively for him when sixth in the Wokingham and may well resume his progress now back on an easier surface.
Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 6 Weight: 9st 5lbs Draw: 5
Largely consistent sort in 6f/7f handicaps and, having come up short in listed company at Haydock in May, he got back on track when fourth in the Wokingham last time. Versatile ground-wise and again has the assistance of Frankie Dettori, so it would be no surprise if he’s on the premises once more.
Trainer: Ruth Carr Jockey: Ryan Sexton Age: 6 Weight: 9st 4lbs Draw: 18
Better than ever when getting the better of Apollo One and Mr Wagyu in a valuable 6f Epsom handicap on Derby Day. Found only a progressive, younger rival too good at Ascot (5f, soft) last time and return to 6f looks a good move, but this demands a clear career-best.
Trainer: P. Charalambous & J. Clutterbuck Jockey: Richard Kingscote Age: 5 Weight: 9st 4lbs Draw: 27
In good form on the AW towards the end of last season and has continued in the same vein on turf this year, placed all 3 starts in competitive 6f handicaps. Had several of these behind when runner-up in the Wokingham and another bold show could be on the way.
Trainer: David O’Meara Jockey: Jason Watson Age: 9 Weight: 9st 4lbs Draw: 23
Grand servant to connections over the years and enjoyed one of his finest hours when landing this race in 2020. Out of luck in both subsequent renewals, but has been given a chance by the handicapper and shaped as though coming back to the boil behind Aberama Gold at York last weekend.
Trainer: Kevin Ryan Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 8 Weight: 9st 3lbs Draw: 26
Creditable sixth in the 2021 running of this and landed the Ayr Gold Cup later that season. First taste of success since when landing a big-field York handicap in May, but subsequently struggled to land a meaningful blow behind several of these in the Wokingham.
Trainer: Julie Camacho Jockey: Rossa Ryan Age: 5 Weight: 9st 3lbs Draw: 24
Group-class in his pomp when in the care of Andrew Balding, but has failed to make an impact both starts for new connections this season. Has undergone a second wind op since latest appearance and now tried in cheekpieces.
Juan Les Pins
Trainer: Michael Appleby Jockey: Alistair Rawlinson Age: 6 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 21
Resurgent for current yard, back to winning ways in 6f handicap at Nottingham in June and fine third 9 days later in the Wokingham. Up 2 lb for that and will need to improve if he’s to emerge on top here, but it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see him involved in the finish.
Trainer: Julie Camacho Jockey: Paul Mulrennan Age: 8 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 11
Snapped a losing run when landing a 5f minor event at Musselburgh on final start of 2022. Not beaten far in competitive handicaps won by Bielsa and Vintage Clarets at York and Newcastle the last twice, but others make more appeal here all the same.
Trainer: Archie Watson Jockey: Luke Morris Age: 5 Weight: 9st 1lbs Draw: 25
Quickly made up into a useful juvenile for Owen Burrows in 2020. Missed whole of last season and initially below par this year, but has shaped better than the bare result in big handicaps with blinkers enlisted the last twice and likely he has a good pot in him off this sort of mark.
Trainer: Kevin Ryan Jockey: Neil Callan Age: 4 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 2
Perfect start to the season when seeing off 18 rivals at Doncaster (6f, heavy) in April. However. he has failed to fire in 4 subsequent outings (tried in blinkers last time) and connections now reach for cheekpieces.
Trainer: Richard Fahey Jockey: Oisin James Orr Age: 4 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 3
Back on the scoreboard at Chester in June and followed up in ready fashion in the Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle (5f) 13 days later. Good run of form came to a halt here on Tuesday, though, and not sure that the return to this trip is what he needs.
Trainer: John Quinn Jockey: Jason Hart Age: 8 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 14
Admirable sprinter who was a good third to Badri at Epsom in June and beaten less than 3 lengths when seventh of 27 in Wokingham at Royal Ascot later that month. Well below par at Thirsk last time, though, and likely to find a few too good here, too.
Trainer: Tim Easterby Jockey: David Allan Age: 9 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 4
Veteran who resumed winning ways in style in 5f handicap at Ripon (heavy) in April. However, form has dipped the last twice and needs to bounce back in a significant way after finishing out with the washing in York race won by Aberama Gold last weekend.
Trainer: David O’Meara Jockey: Andrea Atzeni Age: 6 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 15
Back-to-back winner for Keith Dalgleish in June and opened account for present yard at the second attempt in 15-runner York handicap (6f, good) recently. Appears to be effective on most ground, but following up here under a penalty will demand a far bigger performance.
Trainer: Patrick Chamings Jockey: Liam Keniry Age: 8 Weight: 8st 12lbs Draw: 17
Winner of 3 of his last 4 starts over this C&D, the latest in May, and added to his tally at Epson the following month. Shouldn’t be judged too harshly on latest display at Ascot, but he’s yet to strike off a mark this high and minor place money is perhaps the best his connections can hope for.
Trainer: Richard Spencer Jockey: Hayley Turner Age: 4 Weight: 8st 12lbs Draw: 12
Opened turf account at York last September prior to solid efforts in defeat in the Ayr Gold Cup and another valuable, big-field handicap back on the Knavesmire. However, below par so far this season and the percentage call is to look elsewhere. Visor replaces usual cheekpieces.
Trainer: Ed Dunlop Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 4 Weight: 8st 11lbs Draw: 22
Enhanced good turf strike rate when accounting for 8 rivals at Windsor (6f, good to firm) on penultimate start. Backed that up when 1¾ lengths third to Tanmawwy over the same C&D next time and while this demands a clear career-best, he’s an each-way player with Tom Marquand aboard.
Trainer: Julie Camacho Jockey: Joe Fanning Age: 5 Weight: 8st 11lbs Draw: 28
Bagged a couple of valuable 5f handicaps at Ascot (including at the Royal meeting) in 2021 and, following a low-key campaign last term, he’s returned to form for new connections this season. Remains on a workable mark and he’s not discounted.
Trainer: George Baker Jockey: Sean Levey Age: 4 Weight: 8st 10lbs Draw: 13
Three-time winner on AW/turf last year for Clive Cox and has posted some decent efforts since joining present yard. However, he was rather disappointing over 5f here when last seen at the end of May and needs to step up now equipped with blinkers.
Trainer: Michael Herrington Jockey: Aidan Keeley Age: 6 Weight: 8st 8lbs Draw: 20
Bagged second win of 2023 in 7-runner handicap at Newmarket (5f, good to soft) last month, but wasn’t in the same form at Yarmouth recently. Others preferred.
Trainer: Jack Channon Jockey: Sam Hitchcott Age: 7 Weight: 8st 7lbs Draw: 19
C&D winner at 2 yrs and good fifth in the 2020 running of this race. Several solid efforts to his name this season, not least when runner-up in a major Newmarket handicap during the spring, and he’s not without an each-way chance.
Trainer: Michael Appleby Jockey: Theodore Ladd Age: 4 Weight: 8st 7lbs Draw: 1
Did little wrong last year and stepped up on his low-key reappearance when fifth in the 8-runner Windsor handicap won by Tanmawwy. Failed to build on that tried in a visor at Pontefract, though, and hopes now pinned on the first-time blinkers having a positive effect.
Came From The Dark
Trainer: Ed Walker Jockey: David Egan Age: 7 Weight: 8st 7lbs Draw: 10
Some smart handicap form to his name a few years back and landed a Sandown Group 3 in July 2021. However, he’s been somewhat in-and-out since and others make more appeal for win purposes.
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