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Qatar Stewards’ Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) – Saturday 5th August

Plenty of big races this week but I am focusing on arguably the biggest betting race of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the annual cavalry charge over 6f, known as the Stewards Cup. Here are six of the key trends that will allow you to shortlist some strong contenders for the race. The last 9 renewals of this historic race have seen – 9 winners from 240 runners 36 placed.

Age: 3 to 6 – year-olds – 9 winners from 199 runners 31 placed

Odds SP: 40/1 & under – 9 winners from 199 runners 35 placed (Those 20/1 & under 8 winners from 110 runners 26 placed)

Wins At Distance: 1 to 4 – 9 winners from 162 runners 24 placed

Official Rating Compared To Last Race: Same to 6lb higher – 9 winners from 190 runners 29 placed

Class Move: Same – 9 winners from 180 runners 31 placed

Distance Move: Same or Down 1f – 9 winners from 187 runners 30 placed (Those stepping up from 5f are 0 wins from 52 runners 6 placed)

John Burke

I have a MA in International Politics and having spent a number of years working in political campaigning but I eventually I realised that politics was not the world where I wanted to work I had been interested in horse racing since the late 1980s but in the early years I was merely just betting and watching racing like most people as a bit of fun and a hobby, then the hobby becomes a passion and that’s what happened to me with horse racing. I soon realised that to make money from my hobby I had to learn as much as I could about the sport and betting in general. The whole process took time but after a number of successful years of betting, I decided in 2011 to take the plunge, gave up my full time day job and decided to bet on horse racing as a part time business and I haven’t looked back since. I like to specialise in the better class of races and I love to solve the puzzles posed by big field handicaps the latter races often provide punters with great value betting opportunities. Whilst most of my time is spent reviewing previous races I like to keep things as simple as possible as even the biggest field handicaps can usually be pruned down to half a dozen strong contenders with the right sort of approach.

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