Qatar Stewards' Cup
Heritage Handicap, Goodwood 15:35
£250,000 added,
3yo plus, 6f, Class 2   
Saturday 4th August 2018

Dreamfield
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Dreamfield

The ante-post favourite for the historic handicap is Dreamfield (John Gosden, 9st 7lb). The Godolphin-owned four-year-old lost his unbeaten record when going down by a neck to Bacchus (Brian Meehan, 9st 10lb) in the six-furlong Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot on June 23.

Newmarket trainer John Gosden has another contender near the top of the handicap, three-year-old Emblazoned (9st 6lb), who finished an excellent third in the G1 Commonwealth Cup over six furlongs at Royal Ascot.

Also prominent in the betting is Encrypted (Hugo Palmer, 8st 4lb), successful in a valuable six-furlong three-year-old handicap at York on June 16, when seeing off Savalas (Kevin Ryan, 8st 13lb) by a neck. Connections will have an anxious wait to see if the son of Showcasing makes the field for the Stewards’ Cup, as he currently lies in 75th place in the handicap. The Stewards’ Cup has a maximum field size of 28. Horses that do not make the cut for the main event are eligible for the consolation race, the £100,000 Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Handicap, which is the opening race on Saturday, August 4.

Encrypted’s owner/breeder Khalid Abdullah has another leading Stewards’ Cup hope in Equilateral (Charlie Hills, 9st 1lb), who went down by just over six lengths when 12th in the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

A trainer based not far from Goodwood is Peter Hedger, who sends out runners from his base near Hook in Hampshire. The veteran handler is enjoying a great season with an enviable strike rate of 21 per cent and has made a Stewards’ Cup entry for Silent Echo (8st 13lb). The Oasis Dream four-year-old recorded back-to-back successes over six furlongs at Windsor in May and June before being beaten under two and a half lengths when a staying-on fifth behind Bacchus in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot.

Hedger revealed: “I would think the Stewards’ Cup will be the next race for Silent Echo.

“He has been fine since his run at Royal Ascot. We have tried to keep him settled and as cool as we can in this weather. He has had a couple of easy weeks and will start to do a bit more next week.

“He is a clear-winded horse and hopefully will run at Goodwood. With his weight, he will have no problem getting in the race.”

Silent Echo is relatively lightly-raced, winning four of his 12 starts and Hedger believes there is more to come from the Juddmonte Farms-bred gelding who was trained until last year by Roger Charlton.

He continued: “I think Silent Echo will be better still with another year on his back. That is what I am hoping anyway.

“Although he has not run at Goodwood before, I think he should cope with it as it is a straight track. The only concern would be if the ground went very firm, but they do a good job at Goodwood with keeping the course in great condition and well-watered.”

Lancelot Du Lac
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Lancelot Du Lac

Sky Diver was the latest of five horses to win the Stewards’ Cup twice back in 1967 and 1968. Lancelot Du Lac (Dean Ivory, 9st 5lb) captured the 2017 renewal and may bid to follow up again this year. Hertfordshire-based Ivory has also entered Flaming Spear (9st 5lb), who could drop down in trip having finished fifth in the mile Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, and the three-year-old filly Eirene (8st 11lb).

Other leading contenders include Tis Marvellous (Clive Cox, 9st 1lb), fourth in the Wokingham Handicap, and Aces (Ian Williams, 8st 11lb), successful on his last two outings at Epsom and Newmarket.

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Qatar Stewards' Cup (Heritage Handicap)
£250,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 2
120 remaining entries
Five-day confirmations July 30, final declarations 10am August 2.  Safety limit – 28 runners. There is a £75,000 consolation race on the same day for those horses who do not get into the Stewards’ Cup.

Horse
Weight
Owner
Trainer
GIFTED MASTER (IRE)
9-11
Dr Ali Ridha
Hugo Palmer
BACCHUS
9-10
G P M Morland, D J Erwin, John Woodman
Brian Meehan
PERFECT PASTURE
9-08
S Hull & S Hollings
Michael Easterby
TOP SCORE
9-08
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor
DREAMFIELD
9-07
Godolphin
John Gosden
EMBLAZONED (IRE)
9-06
H R H Princess Haya of Jordan
John Gosden
LANCELOT DU LAC (ITY)
9-05
Michael & Heather Yarrow
Dean Ivory
FLAMING SPEAR (IRE)
9-05
Anthony Bloom
Dean Ivory
STONE OF DESTINY
9-05
King Power Racing Co Ltd
Andrew Balding
MR LUPTON (IRE)
9-05
N D Kershaw & Partner
Richard Fahey
CARDSHARP
9-03
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Mark Johnston
AEOLUS
9-03
Andrew Buxton
Ed Walker
ICE AGE (IRE)
9-03
Eden Racing III
Eve Johnson Houghton
JUSTANOTHERBOTTLE (IRE)
9-01
Steve Ryan & M J Tedham
Declan Carroll
EQUILATERAL
9-01
K Abdullah
Charles Hills
TIS MARVELLOUS
9-01
Miss J Deadman & S Barrow
Clive Cox
SPRING LOADED (IRE)
9-00
Rowley Racing
Paul D'Arcy
CULTURATI
9-00
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby
GEORGE BOWEN (IRE)
9-00
M A Scaife
Richard Fahey
DANZENO
9-00
A M Wragg
Michael Appleby
EKHTIYAAR
9-00
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Roger Varian
RAUCOUS
8-13
T W Morley
Robert Cowell
TERUNTUM STAR (FR)
8-13
T A Rahman
Kevin Ryan
BRIAN THE SNAIL (IRE)
8-13
Godolphin
Richard Fahey
SAVALAS (IRE)
8-13
Mrs Angie Bailey
Kevin Ryan
GROWL
8-13
Dr Marwan Koukash
Richard Fahey
SILENT ECHO
8-13
P C F Racing Ltd
Peter Hedger
RECKLESS ENDEAVOUR (IRE)
8-12
Melbourne 10 Racing
Jamie Osborne
GUNMETAL (IRE)
8-12
Ne-Chance & L O' Kane
David Barron
ACES (IRE)
8-11
The Tuesday Syndicate and Michael Watt
Ian Williams
TUPI (IRE)
8-11
Michael Kerr-Dineen & Martin Hughes
Richard Hannon
POLYBIUS
8-11
Amo Racing Ltd & Partners
David Simcock
SANDRA'S SECRET (IRE)
8-11
Sunpak Racing
Les Eyre
EIRENE
8-11
M J Yarrow
Dean Ivory
HADDAF (IRE)
8-11
Saif Ali
James Tate
VICTORY ANGEL (IRE)
8-11
Ziad A Galadari
Roger Varian
LAUGH A MINUTE
8-10
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Roger Varian
FLYING PURSUIT
8-10
Ontoawinner, M Hulin & Partner
Tim Easterby
VISIONARY (IRE)
8-10
Khalifa Dasmal
Robert Cowell
EASTERN IMPACT (IRE)
8-10
Exors of the late D W Barker
Richard Fahey
SNAZZY JAZZY (IRE)
8-10
Mrs Olive Shaw
Clive Cox
AL QAHWA (IRE)
8-10
Gallop Racing & Partner
David O'Meara
VIBRANT CHORDS
8-10
Paul G Jacobs
Henry Candy
BLUE DE VEGA (GER)
8-10
Blue De Vega Partnership
Robert Cowell
DANCING STAR
8-09
J C Smith
Andrew Balding
SHANGHAI GLORY (IRE)
8-09
Mrs Fitri Hay
Charles Hills
MARIE OF LYON
8-09
Clipper Logistics
Richard Fahey
GLENAMOY LAD
8-09
V Healy
Michael Wigham
PETTOCHSIDE
8-09
P Cook
John Bridger
SUMMERGHAND (IRE)
8-08
Hamad Rashed Bin Ghedayer
David O'Meara
NAGGERS (IRE)
8-06
Taylor's Bloodstock Ltd
Paul Midgley
ATLETICO (IRE)
8-06
A D Spence
Roger Varian
SOLAR FLAIR
8-06
Art Of Racing & The Kimber Family
William Knight
LOUIE DE PALMA
8-06
Peter Ridgers
Clive Cox
WATCHABLE
8-06
Hambleton Racing Ltd XXXIX & P Bamford
David O'Meara
MUSCIKA
8-06
Gallop Racing & Dynast Racing
David O'Meara
OPEN WIDE (USA)
8-06
George Materna & John McInerney
Amanda Perrett
PIPERS NOTE
8-06
Cragg Wood Racing
Ruth Carr
BARRINGTON (IRE)
8-05
Frank McAleavy
Michael Appleby
FOXTROT LADY
8-04
J C Smith
Andrew Balding
REPUTATION (IRE)
8-04
Fulbeck Horse Syndicate Ltd
John Quinn
POYLE VINNIE
8-04
Formulated Polymer Products Ltd
Ruth Carr
SCORCHING HEAT
8-04
Qatar Racing Limited
Andrew Balding
MERHOOB (IRE)
8-04
Gerry McGladery
John Ryan
SON OF AFRICA
8-04
One Too Many Partners
Henry Candy
VOLATILE
8-04
Melbourne 10 Racing
Jamie Osborne
ENCRYPTED
8-04
K Abdullah
Hugo Palmer
SWIFT APPROVAL (IRE)
8-03
JLM Racing
Stuart Williams
PRIVATE MATTER
8-02
Richard Fahey Ebor Racing Club Ltd
Richard Fahey
GIN IN THE INN (IRE)
8-02
Dean Hardman and Stella Hardman
Richard Fahey
FENDALE
8-02
S Chappell
Bryan Smart
GRAND KOONTA (IRE)
8-02
China Horse Club International Limited
Clive Cox
DARK POWER (IRE)
8-02
Alan G Craddock
Clive Cox
DARK SHOT
8-02
Chappell Rose & Radford
Scott Dixon
QUENCH DOLLY
8-02
Quench Racing Partnership
John Gallagher
HANDSOME DUDE
8-01
W D & Mrs D A Glover
David Barron
CLASSIC SENIORITY
8-01
HuggyMac Racing
Marjorie Fife
CAPTAIN COLBY (USA)
8-01
Robert and Sheila Bradley
Paul Midgley
ORION'S BOW
8-01
T J Swiers
Tim Easterby
MAAKAASIB
8-00
Abdulla Al Mansoori
Simon Crisford
CHAGATAI (IRE)
7-13
AlMohamediya Racing
Clive Cox
GEORGE DRYDEN (IRE)
7-13
Dab Hand Racing
Charlie Wallis
GORGEOUS NOORA (IRE)
7-13
Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar
Luca Cumani
ALFREDO ARCANO (IRE)
7-13
Martin McHale
David Marnane
PADDY POWER (IRE)
7-13
M Scaife & R A Fahey
Richard Fahey
OEIL DE TIGRE (FR)
7-13
A W Carroll
Tony Carroll
OUTRAGE
7-13
D Blunt & G Middlebrook
Daniel Kubler
ROYAL BRAVE (IRE)
7-12
James Edgar & William Donaldson
Rebecca Bastiman
SHEPHERD'S PURSE
7-12
Christopher Greenall
David Loughnane
RELATED
7-12
Taylor's Bloodstock Ltd
Paul Midgley
SCOFFLAW
7-12
P Timmins & A Rhodes Haulage
Richard Fahey
BOY IN THE BAR
7-12
Sovereign Racing
Ian Williams
SOLDIER'S MINUTE
7-12
Weldspec Glasgow Limited
Keith Dalgleish
STANHOPE
7-11
Abdullah Menahi
Simon Crisford
HART STOPPER
7-11
T W Morley
Stuart Williams
COUNT OTTO (IRE)
7-10
Count Otto Partnership
Amanda Perrett
GOLDEN STEPS (FR)
7-10
Mrs M Craig & G Adams
Jim Goldie
LIGHTNING CHARLIE
7-09
Lightning Charlie Partnership
Amanda Perrett
MY AMIGO
7-08
R W Fife
Marjorie Fife
ALEEF (IRE)
7-08
JCG Chua & CK Ong
David O'Meara
ZAC BROWN (IRE)
7-07
Porterhouse Ltd J Goddard
Charlie Wallis
PARNASSIAN (IRE)
7-07
Parnassian Partnership
Amanda Perrett
HUNTSMANS CLOSE
7-07
Jason Adlam & Eros Bloodstock
David C. Griffiths
HOLIDAY MAGIC (IRE)
7-07
A Saha
Michael Easterby
LOGI (IRE)
7-05
Let's Be Lucky Racing 12
Rebecca Bastiman
SIGNORE PICCOLO
7-05
Mike and Eileen Newbould
David Loughnane
BARRACUDA BOY (IRE)
7-05
Laurence Bellman
Marjorie Fife
DASCHAS
7-05
T W Morley
Stuart Williams
LUCKY BEGGAR (IRE)
7-05
Eros Bloodstock
David C. Griffiths
MANSHOOD (IRE)
7-05
Taylor's Bloodstock Ltd
Paul Midgley
FEEBS
7-04
J Blackburn, S Winter & D Fielding
Michael Easterby
TAVENER
7-03
Baker, Hensby, Longden, Baker
David C. Griffiths
TOMMY G
7-03
Johnnie Delta Racing
Jim Goldie
HEE HAW (IRE)
7-02
Taylor's Bloodstock Ltd
Paul Midgley
NINJAGO
7-02
Taylor's Bloodstock Ltd & P T Midgley
Paul Midgley
MILITIA
7-01
Middleham Park Racing CXVI & Partner
Richard Fahey
MAGIC PULSE (IRE)
6-12
Craig Buckingham
David C. Griffiths
DAHIK (IRE)
6-12
A Saha
Michael Easterby
B FIFTY TWO (IRE)
6-12
Fat Badger Racing
Marjorie Fife
WARRIOR'S VALLEY
6-00
N Davies, D Clarke & EROS
David C. Griffiths

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