Lancelot Du Lac will have to upset the odds if he’s to become the first dual winner in more than 50 years of one of Glorious Goodwood’s most lucrative races.
No horse since Sky Diver in 1967 and 1968 has won the £250,000 Unibet Stewards’ Cup more than once.
And bookmakers remain unconvinced Lancelot will end that wait this year, placing the Dean Ivory-trained horse and winner of the Unibet Stewards’ Cup in 2017, at 66/1.
More than 100,000 people are expected to attend Glorious Goodwood, from Tuesday, July 30, to Saturday, August 3.
Prize money for the five-day racing spectacular now exceeds £5.5 million including the £1-million Qatar Sussex Stakes, the cavalry charge that is the Qatar Steward’s Cup and the marathon Qatar Goodwood Cup.
Ed Nicholson, head of Kindred Racing Communications and Sponsorship, said: “The Qatar Goodwood Festival is one of the highlights of the racing calendar and I am delighted that Unibet has extended its association from sponsoring three races last year to becoming the exclusive official betting partner, and in addition to sponsoring no less than nine races during the five days, including the £250,000 Unibet Stewards Cup and the £150,000 Unibet Golden Mile.”
Another horse hoping to replicate past form in the race will be Justanotherbottle (25/1) – aiming to better a short-head defeat last year.
Trainer Declan Carroll said: “Justanotherbottle is in good form.
“The Unibet Stewards’ Cup has been on the agenda for a while, given how well he ran there last year, and hopefully we can get him there in similar form.”
Four-year-old Flavius Titus is the 12/1 market leader with Unibet after two victories from three starts in 2019.
Newbury Listed victor Khaadem, llightly-raced three-year-old Victory Day and 2018 Great St Wilfrid Handicap winner Gunmetal also figure prominently in the betting at 14/1.
Early betting indicates the £150,000 Unibet Golden Mile will be a tough race to call.
Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Afaak, who rose to prominence with his nail-biting nose victory over the mare Clon Coulis in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, is one of five 12/1 co-favourites with race sponsor Unibet.
The other market leaders include recent Listed runner-up New Graduate and History Writer.