Previous winners Hoof It and Hawkeyethenoo feature among 128 entries for this year’s £100,000 Stewards’ Cup, the famous six-furlong handicap which is one the highlights of Glorious Goodwood and run on the meeting’s fifth and final day, Saturday, August 3.
Hoof It, trained by Mick Easterby in Yorkshire, carried a record 10st to an impressive victory in the 2011 renewal of the heritage handicap, while the Jim Goldie-trained Hawkeyethenoo, based in Scotland, defied 9st 9lb to gain a thrilling last-gasp success in 2012.
Both horses have subsequently shown themselves to be among Europe’s premier sprinters, with Hoof It finishing a close third in the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park and Hawkeyethenoo filling the runner-up spot in the Group Two QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot in October.
A host of talented sprint handicappers will be trying to add their names to the illustrious Stewards’ Cup roll of honour, including York Glory, Shropshire, Dinkum Diamond and Khubala, who were the first four home in the six-furlong Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot on June 22.
Duke Of Firenze and Smoothtalkinrascal, who fought out the finish in the five-furlong “Dash” Heritage Handicap at Epsom Downs on Derby Day, could re-oppose, while Burn The Boats and Joe Eile, first and third respectively in a valuable six-furlong handicap at the Curragh on June 29, may represent Irish handler Ger Lyons.
Tropics narrowly missed the cut for the Wokingham Handicap, but the lightly-raced five-year-old continued his rapid rise through the sprinting ranks for trainer Dean Ivory with a length success over Rex Imperator in a six-furlong handicap at Windsor on June 29.
Ivory revealed: “The Stewards’ Cup is on the agenda for Tropics. We wouldn’t want the ground too fast but the strong pace should suit him, especially considering the way he has been running lately.
“He’s up to a mark of 100 now but we don’t know how good he is yet. He was still a little bit raw when he won on Saturday and I think that he can keep improving.
“Tropics was cast-off from Darley and we only got him as a four-year-old but he is a lovely, laid-back horse.
“He missed out on the Wokingham but I think that he should really have beaten Khubala at Windsor at the start of June (when a neck adrift) and on that form, together with his win last week, he would have been in the frame at Royal Ascot.”
Hertfordshire-based Ivory may also be represented at Glorious Goodwood by Sirius Prospect, who holds entries in the Stewards’ Cup and the Betfred Mile on Friday, August 2.
The five-year-old beat subsequent Group One Darley July Cup victor Mayson in a Doncaster Listed contest in November, 2011, and performed admirably in several top sprints last term, including when a close seventh to Black Caviar in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes and finishing third in the Group Two QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes.
Ivory continued: “Sirius Prospect does a lot better as the season progresses and wants a bit of cut in the ground. I think that he really wants seven furlongs or an easy mile these days, which is why we have given him an entry in the Betfred Mile as well.
“He has done very well for us over six furlongs but he was placed over a mile in a Listed contest at Kempton in November and he is bred to get a mile.
“He has always dropped himself out in his races and unleashed a turn of foot but it’s hard work to keep racing like that.
“He’s a horse that won’t exert himself unless everything feels right. I would run him in the Stewards’ Cup if the ground was good to soft or soft, but he may run in the Betfred Mile if it is any faster.”
Saturday’s card at Glorious Goodwood commences with the £35,000 Stewards’ Sprint Handicap, which offers compensation for those horses who are balloted out of the feature race, which is allowed a maximum field of 28.
Ivory is hoping to be represented in the six-furlong handicap by the progressive five-year-old mare Links Drive Lady, who was a comfortable course and distance winner in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Fillies’ Handicap on May 31.
The trainer added: “We are aiming Links Drive Lady at the Stewards’ Sprint. I think that she is a nice, improving filly but she is only small and I think it would be a bit harsh to take on the calibre of the top sprinters.
“The Ayr Gold Cup will be her main objective after Goodwood and I am sure that she will get some black type at some point. Ideally, she wants some cut in the ground but she won nicely at Goodwood on good ground last time.
“Kieren Fallon thinks a lot of her, as we do, and she is going the right way.”
The weights for the Stewards’ Cup will be announced on Wednesday, July 10.
THE STEWARDS’ CUP
Class 2, Heritage Handicap, £100,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.50pm, Goodwood, Saturday, August 3, 2013. Six furlongs. For three-year-olds and upwards. Weights: highest weight not less than 9st 10lb; minimum weight 8st. Penalties, after July 6, a winner 6lb.Entries closed, July 2, entries revealed, July 3 (128 entries), weights revealed July 10, scratchings deadline noon, July 16, five-day confirmation stage Monday, July 29. Final declaration stage 10.00am, Thursday, August 1. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, July 1. May not include some overseas form.
ABOVE STANDARD (IRE) 5 A Saha Mick Easterby
AJJAADD (USA) 7 Katy & Lol Pratt Ted Powell
ALNOOMAAS (IRE) 4 Mark Benton Luke Dace
AMADEUS WOLFE TONE (IRE) 4 B T McDonald Jamie Osborne
ANCIENT CROSS 9 Pete Bown,Backup Technology & Steve Hull Mick Easterby
APOLLO D’NEGRO (IRE) 5 Gwyn Powell and Peter Ridgers Clive Cox
ARCTIC FEELING (IRE) 5 Percy / Green Racing 2 Richard Fahey
AVON BREEZE 4 Grange Park Racing II & Partner Richard Whitaker
BABY STRANGE 9 Market Avenue Racing Club Ltd Derek Shaw
BACCARAT (IRE) 4 Sir Robert Ogden Richard Fahey
BAJAN TRYST (USA) 7 Margaret Forsyth & Rebecca Hillen Kevin Ryan
BARNET FAIR 5 Donald Wheatley Richard Guest
BARRACUDA BOY (IRE) 3 Laurence Bellman Tom Dascombe
BEAR BEHIND (IRE) 4 Bellman Black Marantelli Owen Tom Dascombe
BEST TRIP (IRE) 6 Koo’s Racing Club Brian Ellison
BLAINE 3 Matt & Lauren Morgan Kevin Ryan
BONNIE CHARLIE 7 Gaga Syndicate David Nicholls
BURN THE BOATS (IRE) 4 D Spratt Ger Lyons IRE
BURNHOPE 4 Ontoawinner 4 Scott Dixon
BURNING BLAZE 3 Qatar Racing Limited Kevin Ryan
BURWAAZ 4 Hamdan Al Maktoum Ed Dunlop
CHARLOTTE ROSINA 4 Homecroft Wealth Racing Roger Teal
CHOOSEDAY (IRE) 4 Mrs S J Barker Kevin Ryan
CONFESSIONAL 6 Terry & Margaret Holdcroft Tim Easterby
DECENT FELLA (IRE) 7 Rakebackmypoker.com Violet Jordan
DICK BOS 4 Middleham Park Racing III & Partners David O’Meara
DINKUM DIAMOND (IRE) 5 Eight Star Syndicate Henry Candy
DOMINATE 3 Godfrey Wilson Richard Hannon
DR RED EYE 5 The Red Eye Partnership Scott Dixon
DUBAWI SOUND 5 Pearl Bloodstock Ltd David Brown
DUKE OF FIRENZE 4 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
DUTCH MASTERPIECE 3 Richard Green Gary Moore
EL VIENTO (FR) 5 John Nicholls Ltd/David Kilburn Richard Fahey
ENROL 4 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
EQUITY RISK (USA) 3 Clipper Logistics Kevin Ryan
EXCELLENT GUEST 6 John Guest Racing George Margarson
EXTRASOLAR 3 Odile Griffith & John Connolly Amanda Perrett
FACE THE PROBLEM (IRE) 5 Dr Marwan Koukash Jamie Osborne
FARLOW (IRE) 5 Red Sky Partnership 1 Richard Fahey
FITZ FLYER (IRE) 7 Mike Browne David Nicholls
FREDDY WITH A Y (IRE) 3 Mrs M J George Gary Moore
FREE ZONE 4 Fromthestables.Com Racing Bryan Smart
GOLDREAM 4 J Sargeant & Mrs J Morley Robert Cowell
GRAMERCY (IRE) 6 Dr Marwan Koukash David Simcock
GRAND DENIAL (IRE) 3 Alan Craddock Clive Cox
GRISSOM (IRE) 7 Jim & Helen Bowers Tim Easterby
HALLELUJAH 5 CLS (Chippenham) Limited James Fanshawe
HAMOODY (USA) 9 Hart Inn I David Nicholls
HAMZA (IRE) 4 Mubarak Al Naemi Kevin Ryan
HARRISON GEORGE (IRE) 8 Racing To The Max P J O’Gorman
HAWKEYETHENOO (IRE) 7 Johnnie Delta Racing Jim Goldie
HEAD OF STEAM (USA) 6 George Materna Amanda Perrett
HEAVEN’S GUEST (IRE) 3 J K Shannon & M A Scaife Richard Fahey
HEAVY METAL 3 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
HOOF IT 6 Chubby Chandler & Lee Westwood Michael Easterby
HUMIDOR (IRE) 6 Delancey George Baker
INDEGO BLUES 4 Pinnacle Indesatchel Partnership David Nicholls
JIMMY STYLES 9 Gwyn Powell and Peter Ridgers Clive Cox
JOE EILE (IRE) 5 HB Partnership Ger Lyons IRE
JOHANNES (IRE) 10 John Nicholls Ltd/David Kilburn Richard Fahey
JOHNNY CASTLE 5 George Materna & John McInerney Amanda Perrett
KUANYAO (IRE) 7 Matt & Lauren Morgan David Nicholls
LA FORTUNATA 6 James Patton Mike Murphy
LINKS DRIVE LADY 5 It’s Your Lucky Day Dean Ivory
LOUIS THE PIOUS 5 F Gillespie David O’Meara
LUNAR DEITY 4 Eden Racing (III) Eve Johnson Houghton
MAC’S POWER (IRE) 7 Broughton Thermal Insulation Willie Musson
MAJESTIC MANANNAN (IRE) 4 Mark & Maureen Schofield David Nicholls
MAJESTIC MOON (IRE) 3 James Gaffney Richard Fahey
MASAMAH (IRE) 7 Dr Marwan Koukash Marco Botti
MILLY’S GIFT 3 Ken Lock Racing Clive Cox
MISSISSIPPI 4 Laurence O’Kane David Barron
MISTER MANANNAN (IRE) 6 Mrs M Schofield David Nicholls
MOVIESTA (USA) 3 Redknapp, Salthouse & Fiddes Bryan Smart
NASSAU STORM 4 The Oil Men Partnership William Knight
NINJAGO 3 J Palmer-Brown & Potensis Ltd Richard Hannon
NOVELLEN LAD (IRE) 8 Johnson & Broughton Willie Musson
NOVERRE TO GO (IRE) 7 Robert & Nina Bailey Ron Harris
OUT DO 4 Leonidas Marinopoulos Luca Cumani
PABUSAR 5 Ken Gundlach Jamie Osborne
PEA SHOOTER 4 Margaret Forsyth Kevin Ryan
PERSONAL TOUCH 4 Nicholas Wrigley & Kevin Hart Richard Fahey
PICTURE DEALER 4 Richard Green Gary Moore
PISCEAN (USA) 8 Andrew Duffield Tom Keddy
POLSKI MAX 3 Market Avenue Racing & Tremousser Richard Fahey
POOLE HARBOUR (IRE) 4 The Heffer Syndicate Richard Hannon
PRODIGALITY 5 Paul Moulton Ron Harris
RACY 6 Koo’s Racing Club Brian Ellison
RASAMAN (IRE) 9 Paul Moulton Jim Goldie
REGAL PARADE 9 Dab Hand Racing Milton Bradley
REX IMPERATOR 4 George Turner William Haggas
RIGHT TOUCH 3 Nicholas Wrigley & Kevin Hart Richard Fahey
ROCKET ROB (IRE) 7 John Searchfield Willie Musson
RODRIGO DE TORRES 6 Brian Morton David Nicholls
ROTHESAY CHANCER 5 Discovery Racing Club 2 Jim Goldie
ROYAL ROCK 9 Ms Aida Fustoq Chris Wall
SACROSANCTUS 5 Paul Dixon Scott Dixon
SECRET WITNESS 7 Paul Moulton Ron Harris
SEEKING MAGIC 5 The Seekers Clive Cox
SHORE STEP (IRE) 3 Jon and Julia Aisbitt Mick Channon
SHROPSHIRE (IRE) 5 Catherine Corbett & Chris Wright Charlie Hills
SIGNOR SASSI 4 A Brooks William Knight
SIR MAXIMILIAN (IRE) 4 Paul Wildes Ian Williams
SIRIUS PROSPECT (USA) 5 Miss N Yarrow Dean Ivory
SMOOTHTALKINRASCAL (IRE) 3 Cheveley Park Stud David O’Meara
SOUND OF GUNS 3 Howard Russell Ed Walker
STONEFIELD FLYER 4 G R Leckie Keith Dalgleish
STORM MOON (USA) 3 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston
SUMMERINTHECITY (IRE) 6 Dr Marwan Koukash David Nicholls
SUNNY SIDE UP (IRE) 4 Jim McGrath, Roger & Dianne Trevitt Richard Fahey
TAAJUB (IRE) 6 Peter Crate Peter Crate
TAKE COVER 6 Norcroft Park Stud David Griffiths
TANGO SKY (IRE) 4 Dr Marwan Koukash David Nicholls
TAROOQ (USA) 7 The Tarooq Partnership Stuart Williams
TATLISU (IRE) 3 Middleham Park Racing LIV Richard Fahey
TAX FREE (IRE) 11 David Nicholls & Mrs J Love David Nicholls
THREES GRAND 3 Paul Dixon &Jayne Jackson Scott Dixon
THUNDERBALL 7 The Doncaster Racing Club Scott Dixon
TIDDLIWINKS 7 Guy Reed Kevin Ryan
TIME AND PLACE 3 Mel Roberts & Ms Nicola Meese 1 Richard Fahey
TITUS GENT 8 Guy Carstairs and Rock & Rollers Jeremy Gask
TOP BOY 3 Brian Johnson (Northamptonshire) Derek Shaw
TROPICS (USA) 5 Dean Ivory Dean Ivory
VINCENTTI (IRE) 3 Robert & Nina Bailey Ronald Harris
WHOZTHECAT (IRE) 6 Simon Bean Declan Carroll
YEEOOW (IRE) 4 R Lee & Elaine Burke Elaine Burke
YORK GLORY (USA) 5 Salman Rashed & Mohamed Khalifa Kevin Ryan
ZERO MONEY (IRE) 7 Kremlin Cottage III Hugo Palmer