It’s the summer race that everyone looks forward to and at Blue Square Bet HQ in midweek the top 68 horses in the weights for the 2012 renewal of the Blue Square Bet Stewards’ Cup were paired with the 68 clubs that make up the Blue Square Bet Premier, North and South. Thursday saw the final declarations for the race and a stall draw which took place in the Glorious Goodwood winners’ enclosure featuring Olivia Godfrey from Sky Sports News. 28 clubs will now be willing their horse on to win a prize of at least £3000 and a number of other clubs will be cheering their horse on in the consolation race.
The bookmaker which sponsors the three Football Conference divisions, allocate a horse from their prestigious Glorious Goodwood race to every club. The horse which wins the valuable six furlong sprint – which takes place at the Sussex track at 3.55 on Saturday (live on Channel 4) – will earn one club a cash windfall on the eve of the new season. Blue Square Bet will give the club that ‘owns’ the winner £2000 plus the equivalent of a £100 bet at the Blue Square Bet SP on their runner. Last year Workington from the Blue Square Bet North scooped a huge £2700 when favourite Hoof It scored under Kieren Fallon at a Blue Square Bet SP of 7/1!
It’s a wide open race this year and Blue Square Bet’s current market has three co-favourites at 10/1. They are Hawkeyethenoo representing Hinckley United, Jamesie running for Corby Town and Victoire De Lyphar representing Tonbridge Angels. A random draw was made at Blue Square’s offices on Tuesday morning and the top 68 entries in the race were allocated between the clubs. A maximum of 28 runners will go to post on Saturday, but there will be an extra chance to win for any clubs who miss out on the main event. A special consolation race will be run on the same day. The Get Your Bet On At Bluesq.com Stewards’ Sprint Stakes will go off at 2.05 (also live on Channel 4) and will contain 28 horses which didn’t make the cut for the original race. Any club with a horse in the consolation race will win £1000 if their runner is successful, with the extra boost of the equivalent winnings from a £100 bet on that horse at the exclusive Blue Square Bet SP.
The full draw for both races is as follows:
BLUE SQUARE BET STEWARDS’ CUP 2012
|BASINGSTOKE TOWN||Bajan Tryst|
|BOREHAM WOOD||Atlantic Sport|
|BRADFORD PA||Head of Steam|
|DOVER ATHLETIC||Seal Rock|
|FOREST GREEN||Palace Moon|
|GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY||Mac’s Power|
|HARROGATE TOWN||Alben Star|
|LUTON TOWN||Oasis Dancer|
|MANSFIELD TOWN||Elusive Prince|
|OXFORD CITY||Ancient Cross|
|SALISBURY CITY||Es Que Love|
|STAINES TOWN||Imperial Guest|
|STOCKPORT COUNTY||Lui Rei|
|TONBRIDGE ANGELS||Victoire de Lyphar|
|WOKING||Esprit de Midas|
STEWARDS’ SPRINT STAKES (CONSOLATION)
|BARROW||Noverre To Go|
|BOSTON UNITED||Piazza San Pietro|
|GLOUCESTER CITY||Baby Strange|
|GRIMSBY TOWN||Dickie’s Lad|
|HALIFAX TOWN||Louis The Pious|
|HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE||Moscow Eight|
|HEREFORD UNITED||Seeking Magic|
|KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS||Lutine Bell|
|SOLIHULL MOORS||Fair Value|
|WELLING UNITED||Tax Free|
The following clubs had horses that were unfortunately eliminated: Bath City, Billericay, Braintree, Chester, Colwyn Bay, Dartford, Ebbsfleet United, Farnborough, Gateshead, Guiseley, Hayes & Yeading, Hornchurch, Newport County, Southport, Stalybridge, Worcester City, Wrexham.
The latest prices for both races are available on www.bluesq.com.