Scottish Stewards’ Cup Handicap 2019 Analysis
The Scottish Stewards’ Cup Handicap (Friday 19 July, 7.40pm) is a class 2 handicap run over 6 furlongs and 6 yards. The race is open to horses aged three and older and recent winners include Blaine, Orion’s Bow, and George Bowen. The race is one of the highlights of Hamilton Racecourse’s Heineken UK Glasgow Stakes Race Night, after which racegoers can enjoy a Prince tribute act.
Check out our 10-year-trends, runner-by-runner guide, and free tip for the Scottish Stewards’ Cup 2019.
Scottish Stewards’ Cup 10-Year-Trends
The last 10 Scottish Stewards’ Cup winners have been drawn as low as stall-one and as high as stall-15. However, the four drawn in single-figure boxes have come out of stalls 1,2,2, and 6. The other six winners have been boxed between stalls 11 and 15, and that includes five of the last six winners.
6-year-olds have won four of the last 10 editions, 5-year-olds three, 4-year-olds two, and 3-year-olds one. Winners have carried between 8-11 and 9-12 and have been rated between 87 and 100.
Four winners had won their previous race but three had finished fifth or worse, whilst one had even unseated. Winners had run between seven and 34 days prior to their success.
Richard Fahey has trained three of the last 10 winners. The shortest-priced winner in the last decade was 9/2, but six winners have been returned at over 14/1, with the longest-priced winner being 22/1.
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Scottish Stewards’ Cup Runner-By-Runner Guide 2019
Laugh A Minute
Finished second, third, and fourth this season in conditions, listed, and group races and he could enjoy this drop-in-class into handicap-company for the first time. It’s a slight worry this 4-year-old’s only two wins have come at Doncaster, but he did finish third in a decent race over course and distance last season, when in front of the 2017 winner of this race. Well drawn in stall-11.
This 7-year-old won the 2018 Scottish Stewards’ Cup from a high-draw and has again been lucky in that department in stall-14. However, he is effectively 4lb higher this year and has not been in quite as good a form in the lead up to the race.
His two handicap wins have come off marks of 99 and 95 but he’s also been beaten in similar company off those types of marks and is now up to 100 after winning his last race on the all-weather. Stall-7 is perhaps also lower than ideal.
He’s 5lb higher than for his last win, and he’s yet to win class-2 company, whilst he’s drawn low in stall-1.
Only 2lb higher than for his last win at Goodwood in this class over 6-furlongs but he’s not been firing recently and could have a tough draw in stall-2.
3lb higher than when winning over 5-furlongs at Beverley earlier this season but he has won off 2lb higher earlier in his career. Possibly regressing slightly at the age of seven and may prefer an easier 6-furlongs or a stiff 5-furlongs. Draw in stall-4 possibly no help either. Good 5lb claimer booked for the first time though.
Dual course and distance winner this season in a class 4, but he couldn’t handle class 2 company off his new mark last time at Newcastle. Needs the return to Hamilton to rekindle his improvement.
Been running mainly over 7-furlongs this season, winning once. However, having been headed in the final furlong in his last three runs, he’s interesting dropped back to this stiff six-furlongs, having won twice over this distance last season. In with a chance from stall-12.
Recorded three wins in the summer of 2017 and now finds himself rated 4lb lower than for the last of those wins. Looked to be coming back to his best when third at York last time but would have been of more interest if he was drawn much higher than stall 3.
Last won off a mark of 100 in April 2018 and he races off just 89 here. The trouble is this 8-year-old has looked regressive since. His stable has enjoyed a couple of winners this week, so not without hope from stall-10.
Drawn highest of all in stall-15 but is looking to become only the second three-year-old to win this race in the last 10-years. He’s run well in two of his three handicaps this season and won his first race over 5-furlongs at the course.
Won a class 4 race three starts ago but has been beaten twice in class 3 company since. Takes another step up in class here and not one of the more obvious winners.
Course and distance winner who has a nice draw in stall-13, but he’s yet to win above class 3 and this may be too tough for him.
His last two wins have come in class 4 and he’s vulnerable off a higher mark up in class, unless the first-time blinkers bring about some significant improvement.
Scottish Stewards’ Cup 2019 Summary
Plenty of this year’s Scottish Stewards’ Cup field may struggle up in class, so the shortlist includes Laugh A Minute, George Bowen, Admirality, and Yousini, all of which have been handed double-figure draws.
Yousini is the favourite with many bookmakers but three-year-olds don’t have a great record in the race. Equally, no horse older than six has won in the last decade, so George Bowen is begrudgingly crossed off despite his obvious chances for a stable that targets the race.
Admiralty looks likely to be suited by this stiff 6-furlongs having caught the eye weakening late in decent 7-furlong races recently but may lack the class of Laugh A Minute. Roger Varian’s 5-year-old drops into handicap company for the first time and, though he’s rated 5lb higher than any recent winner, classy types carrying between 9-10 and 9-12 have won three of the last renewals.
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