The Bet365 Summer Cup (Sunday June 30, 4.05pm) is one of the highlights of the summer season at Uttoxeter Racecourse. It is a Listed handicap run over 3 miles 2 furlongs and 13 yards, a distance it was reduced to in 2012. Since then, it has been won by the likes of The Romford Pele, Drop Out Joe, and Virgilio.
Check out our trends, runner-by-runner guide, and free tip for the 2019 Bet365 Summer Cup.
Bet365 Summer Cup Trends (since 2012)
The seven winners of the Bet365 Summer Cup since 2012 have been aged either seven eight, nine, or ten. Winners have been rated as low as 126 and as high as 149 and have carried as little as 10-1 and as much as 11-12.
Four of those seven winners had won their previous race, with the others finishing third, fourth, and nowhere. All seven winners had run in the period of 19 and 64 days prior to winning, but no trainer, horse, or jockey has won it more than once in that time. The winners were returned at odds of 6/1, 13/2, 8/1, 8/1, 12/1, 20/1, and 25/1.
Bet365 Summer Cup 2019 Runner-By-Runner Guide
Neither Nicky Henderson nor Nico De Boinville has won this race before, but this progressive 7-year-old arrives here in the back of a good win off an 8lb lower mark 50 days ago. He’s yet to run beyond three miles but the way he stayed on over three miles to be third behind a couple of well-handicapped horses at Chepstow last year suggests he could enjoy it.
Run well on his last three starts, including when seventh in the Grand National and second at the Puchestown Festival. Has won off a 3lb higher mark and will stay, whilst he was third over an inadequate trip on his one previous visit to Uttoxeter.
Second runner for Nicky Henderson but this one fluffed his warm-up by falling here over two and a half miles. He generally runs over that sort of trip, so this may test his stamina.
Third runner for Nicky Henderson and this one is having just his second start over fences for his current connections, but he did win three chases for his previous trainer in France. However, his chase mark is much higher than his hurdles mark off which he made little impression last season.
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Trained by Martin Pipe whose Dad trained two winners of this race. He finished just in front of Dragon D’Estruval last time, but he’s held by Regal Encore on a line through a horse called Minella Daddy.
Handicapper raised him a few pounds for his win two starts ago and he struggled off his new mark in this sort of class next time.
Has come to chasing late in life but has run okay to finish 1/2/2 in three novice chases over shorter trips. It’s also interesting that he won two hurdle races here at Uttoxeter and, though he lacks the class of some of the others, he could go well with a lightweight.
Ran some good races over hurdles but he’s not looked a natural chaser so far including when blundering here last time.
Irish import that made a winning start for his new connections in a weak race. This looks much tougher but perhaps his trainer has found the secret to him.
Took him six attempts to get off the mark in handicap chases and, though he ran well off an 8lb higher mark last time, this looks much harder.
Was fifth in this in 2017 off the same mark but he tends to reserve his very best for Wincanton.
Looked exposed until winning two races off a mark of 113 and he now has to race off 127 in a much better race.
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Last two wins have come off 114 and 115 and this sort of mark has proved beyond him even in lower-class races.
Ran fourth in this race off a 2lb higher mark last year, but was 12-lengths behind the winner, and this looks a better renewal.
Recorded his last win off 113 at Uttoxeter and again showed his liking for the course when second here last time. Type that could sneak into a place but is another facing better rivals than he normally does.
Former Bet365 Gold Cup winner who has finished fourth and second in the last two editions of this race off a mark of 130. There’s a good chance that he’s been aimed at the race again, but his last three runs have been poor.
Has promised to win one of these big pots but has been beaten by over 10-lengths on each of his last seven starts. Not without a chance if this has been a long-term target.
Bet365 Summer Cup 2019 Verdict
There doesn’t seem to be much strength in depth in this race and, as the top-weight Virgilio won it last year, the classier horses may again take centre stage. The improving Brave Eagle could take some beating but, at a bigger price, it could be worth taking a chance on Regal Encore. It was only in February 2018 that he won a decent handicap over three miles and he ran a cracker when last seen at the Punchestown Festival.