Stewards’ Cup’s new name sparks debate among race-goers

Last year's Robins Farm Stewards' Cup  Picture by Malcolm Wells
Last year's Robins Farm Stewards' Cup Picture by Malcolm Wells

IT’S one of the oldest and popular races at Glorious Goodwood – and this year it will have a new name.

The Stewards’ Cup – first run in 1840 – has been renamed the 32Red Cup in a major sponsorship deal with the bookmaker.

The six-furlong heritage handicap takes place on the final day of Glorious, Saturday, August 2, and the hugely-competitive contest is a major betting event in the flat season.

Matt Booth, commercial director at 32Red, commented: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the 32Red Cup.”

But not everyone is thrilled – a number of racing fans vented their displeasure at the move on social media.

Goodwood defended the name change, saying it was a commercial decision requested by a high-profile new sponsor of the race, and the door was open on a return to the original name in the future.

A whopping 144 entries have been received for the race – up from 128 last year – while there are 83 entries for the previous day’s Betfred Mile.

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