Stewards' Cup 2018: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

The ultra-competitive Stewards' Cup takes place at Goodwood on Saturday afternoon
The ultra-competitive Stewards' Cup takes place at Goodwood on Saturday afternoon
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Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Saturday's Stewards' Cup, and pick out their 1-2-3...

"Clearly in top form at present and sure to be competitive under 6 lb penalty..."

Timeform on George Bowen

1. GIFTED MASTER (Hugo Palmer/Jason Watson (5))
Proved at least as good as ever when winning handicap at Newmarket in May from 2 lb lower. Similar form in listed race at Windsor next start, but taken off his feet in King's Stand last time. Finished third in Lennox sole start here and considered back in handicap company.

2. SPRING LOADED (Paul D'Arcy/Ryan Moore)
Proved better than ever when winning handicap at Ascot (5f, by two lengths from Poyle Vinnie) last time, finding plenty and well on top at finish. Picks up 6 lb penalty for that win but still very much respected.

3. GEORGE BOWEN (Richard Fahey/Sebastian Woods (5))
Has taken his form to a new level this year, winning handicap at York (by six lengths from Foolad) in May, before producing career-best effort to resume winning ways in handicap at Hamilton last time. Clearly in top form at present and sure to be competitive under 6 lb penalty.

4. LANCELOT DU LAC (Dean Ivory/Robert Winston)
Won this race last year from 1 lb lower mark. Won all-weather handicaps at Wolverhampton and Chelmsford this season, but well held in Wokingham at Royal Ascot last time. Handicapped to go close, though.

5. AEOLUS (Ed Walker/Gerald Mosse)
Smart performer who won handicap at Newmarket in April, but has finished nearer last than first both starts since. Has something to prove now.

6. JUSTANOTHERBOTTLE (Declan Carroll/Ger O'Neill (5))
Landed back-to-back 5f handicaps at Redcar and Nottingham this season, and finished good two and three quarter lengths fifth to Spring Loaded in 5f handicap at Ascot last time. Looks summed up by mark.

7. TIS MARVELLOUS (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby)
Confirmed himself back on track by producing best effort since winning Robert Papin as a juvenile when three-quarter length fourth to Bacchus in Wokingham last time. Type who is up to winning a big-field handicap from this mark.

8. GROWL (Richard Fahey/Paul Hanagan)
Hasn't won since 2016, but finished a good fourth in this race from 10 lb higher last season, and it would be no surprise if he were to figure off this mark. Interesting if the headgear is back on. (Another declared at York on Saturday).

9. SILENT ECHO (Peter Hedger/Joe Fanning)
Better than ever this year, successful in pair of 6f Windsor handicaps prior to finishing fifth of 28 in the Wokingham last time. 2 lb lower in the weights now and he's a live each-way contender.

10. GUNMETAL (David Barron/Ben Curtis)
Change of scenery appears to have done him the world of good, winner of his first two starts for new connections this season and lost no caste in defeat at in big-field handicap at the Curragh a fortnight ago. One to consider.

11. WATCHABLE (David O'Meara/Martin Harley)
Useful handicapper who won at Doncaster (by neck from George Bowen) in May and produced best effort this season when also winning six-runner event at Pontefract last time by one and a half lengths from Move In Time, making all. Respected.

12. TUPI (Richard Hannon/Harry Bentley)
Finished fourth in handicap at Meydan (two and a half lengths behind Jordan Sport) in February, but well below form in Bunbury Cup at Newbury last time. Inconsistent type who is hard to make a case for.

13. EIRENE (Dean Ivory/Charles Bishop)
Finished third in Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket (two lengths behind Soliloquy) in April, and better than result when eight and three quarter lengths tenth of 21 to Expert Eye in Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, second home in group. Drop back to 6f no problem.

14. HADDAF (James Tate/William Buick)
Won minor event at Southwell in March, handicap at Sandown in April and listed race at Sandown (by three quarters of a length from Tricksy Spirit) in June. Never on terms when three and three quarter lengths third of 4 to Tarboosh in minor event at Newmarket last time. William Buick an interesting booking.

15. FOXTROT LADY (Andrew Balding/David Probert)
Won handicaps at Chester in May and Carlisle (by three and three quarter lengths from Lady Dancealot) in June, and improved further when also winning 20-runner handicap at Newmarket last time by nose from Stormbringer, travelling well close up and edging ahead close home. May yet have more to offer and is very much one to consider.

16. MARIE OF LYON (Richard Fahey/Connor Murtagh (5))
Third in listed race at Chelmsford (one and a quarter lengths behind Carolinae) in June, and not disgraced when four and three quarter lengths sixth to Raven's Lady in Summer Stakes at York last time. More needed.

17. GLENAMOY LAD (Michael Wigham/Silvestre De Sousa)
Won handicaps at Newmarket (twice, latterly by by three quarters of a length from Mont Kiara) in 2017. Off 10 weeks and followed up in 13-runner handicap at Newcastle last time by two and three quarter lengths from Tropics, drawing clear final 100 yards. Has nine-month absence to overcome but could progress again.

18. PETTOCHSIDE (John Bridger/Hollie Doyle)
Won over 5f here (by three quarters of a length from Leo Minor) in May and finished second in 'Dash' at Epsom (one and three quarter lengths behind Tanasoq) in June. Off nine weeks and looked rusty when well held again over five furlongs here earlier this week. Needs to bring best form.

19. QUENCH DOLLY (John Gallagher/Gabriele Malune (5))
Took advantage of a drop in the weights when back to form to win five-runner event at Windsor last time by length from Madame Bounty, leading over a furlong out. Goes well here and still well treated on old form under a 6 lb penalty.

20. ATLETICO (Roger Varian/Yuga Kawada)
Smart on all-weather, winning at Newcastle on final 2017 start. Runner-up first four starts in 2018, but below form back on turf last three starts, and leap of faith needed.

21. SOLAR FLAIR (William Knight/William Cox (5))
Useful handicapper who won at Newcastle (by half a length from Raucous) in June. Below form when six and a quarter lengths fourth of to Cenotaph at Chelmsford last time. Capable claimer takes valuable 5 lb off and isn't without hope.

22. MUSCIKA (David O'Meara/Stephane Pasquier)
Won at Ayr (by two and a quarter lengths from Shepherd's Purse) in June, but below form when six and a quarter lengths eighth of 14 to Flying Pursuit at York last time. Interesting jockey booking.

23. OPEN WIDE (Amanda Perrett/Hayley Turner)
Won at Salisbury (by two and a quarter lengths from Our Lord) in June. Soon back to form when two and a quarter lengths third to Quench Dolly at Windsor last time, not ideally placed. Not the easiest to predict.

24. BARRINGTON (Michael Appleby/Andrew Breslin (7))
Useful handicapper who won at Nottingham (by neck from Muscika) in June, but below form when 6 lengths eleventh of 20 to Spring Loaded at Ascot last time. More needed to figure.

25. REPUTATION (John Quinn/Thore Hammer Hansen (7))
Useful handicapper who won at Ripon (by three quarters of a length from Summerghand) in May and back to form when three-quarter length second to Pipers Note at same course last time. Has good claimer booked and needs respecting.

26. POYLE VINNIE (Ruth Carr/James Sullivan)
Good second at Ascot (two lengths behind Spring Loaded) in July and shaped as if still in good form when six and three quarter lengths fourth of 13 to Under The Covers at over 5f here earlier this week. Another bold bid expected.

27. MERHOOB (John Ryan/Darragh Keenan (7))
Won at Musselburgh (by one and three quarter lengths from War Whisper) in June and looked unlucky not to win when neck second to Green Fortune at Yarmouth last time, forced to switch over a furlong out and never nearer. Trainer struggling for form, though.

28. SWIFT APPROVAL (Stuart Williams/George Wood)
Won at Lingfield (by three quarters of a length from Early Morning) in January and finished good head second to Zap at Newmarket last time, leading inside final furlong (lost right fore shoe). Interesting runner from 1 lb lower.

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