IT’S one of the oldest and popular races at Glorious Goodwood – and this year it will have a new name.
The Stewards’ Cup – first run in 1840 – has been renamed the 32Red Cup in a major sponsorship deal with the bookmaker.
The six-furlong heritage handicap takes place on the final day of Glorious, Saturday, August 2, and the hugely-competitive contest is a major betting event in the flat season.
Matt Booth, commercial director at 32Red, commented: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the 32Red Cup.”
But not everyone is thrilled – a number of racing fans vented their displeasure at the move on social media.
Goodwood defended the name change, saying it was a commercial decision requested by a high-profile new sponsor of the race, and the door was open on a return to the original name in the future.
A whopping 144 entries have been received for the race – up from 128 last year – while there are 83 entries for the previous day’s Betfred Mile.
Get all the latest from Goodwood in this week’s Observer - including your chance to win Richmond Enclosure tickets to each day of the featival