It’s the summer draw that everyone looks forward to and at Blue Square Bet HQ this morning 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.
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 eight horses competing for favouritism at 14/1. Hoof It’s connections have swerved a repeat bid for the prize but last year’s second placed horse Tax Free stands his ground quoted at 16/1 for Blue Square Bet South team Welling United. Last season’s third placed horse Mac’s Power is one of those vying for the position of market leader and he has been paired with Gainsborough Trinity of the Blue Square Bet North.
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 is as follows:
|BARROW||Noverre To Go|
|BASINGSTOKE TOWN||Bajan Tryst|
|BOREHAM WOOD||Atlantic Sport|
|BOSTON UNITED||Piazza San Pietro|
|BRADFORD PA||Head of Steam|
|DOVER ATHLETIC||Seal Rock|
|FOREST GREEN||Palace Moon|
|GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY||Mac’s Power|
|GLOUCESTER CITY||Baby Strange|
|GRIMSBY TOWN||Dickie’s Lad|
|HALIFAX TOWN||Louis The Pious|
|HARROGATE TOWN||Alben Star|
|HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE||Moscow Eight|
|HAYES & YEADING||Corporal Maddox|
|HEREFORD UNITED||Seeking Magic|
|KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS||Lutine Bell|
|LUTON TOWN||Oasis Dancer|
|MANSFIELD TOWN||Elusive Prince|
|OXFORD CITY||Ancient Cross|
|SALISBURY CITY||Es Que Love|
|SOLIHULL MOORS||Fair Value|
|STAINES TOWN||Imperial Guest|
|STOCKPORT COUNTY||Lui Rei|
|TONBRIDGE ANGELS||Victoire de Lyphar|
|WELLING UNITED||Tax Free|
|WOKING||Esprit de Midas|
|WORCESTER CITY||La Fortunata|
The official declarations for the race will be made at 11am on Thursday morning. At 12noon on the same day Sky Sports News presenter Olivia Godfrey will make the draw for stall positions for the Blue Square Bet Stewards’ Cup in the parade ring at Goodwood. The draw will be hosted by Nick Luck live on Racing UK.