John Smith's Summer Cup - The Most Valuable Race in the Summer Jump Season
Fri, Jun 26, 2015
In what is currently proving to be a successful season at Uttoxeter Racecourse, the stage is set for another Summer scorcher this Sunday with the 2015 John Smith's Summer Cup.
With an eight race card and just over £110,000 in prize money on offer through the day it is certainly a significant meeting for the countryside racecourse, attracting some of the best horses in training at this time of the year, along with many top jockeys too.
All eyes will be on the feature race 'THE JOHN SMITH'S SUMMER CUP LISTED HANDICAP STEEPLECHASE' run over the same distance as the Cheltenham Gold Cup at 3 miles and about 2 furlongs, with a prize fund of £60k on offer. This Listed Race has attracted 18 runners of which 4 are rated over 140.
The Nicky Henderson trained Bear's Affair heads the weights again, he finished an honourable third to winner The Romford Pele last year. With Sunday's jockey, Freddie Mitchell, on board he won a 3 mile handicap chase back at Aintree in May.
David Pipe's The Package won the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival, but he will need to go better than in the bet365 Chase at Sandown in late April to be a serious contender.
David Pipe is double handed with the 7 times chase winner, Ainsi Fideles, which the Pond House Stable Jockey, Tom Scudamore has opted for this one which may be a clue in itself.
Sedgemoor Express travels all the way up from Nigel Hawke's Thorne Farm in Devon along with stable mate and Uttoxeter winner Samingary to challenge the top weights in the big race.
The Summwr Cup is supported by a new Class 3 HANDICAP HURDLE RACE run over 2 miles. Heading the weights and ridden by in form Aidan Coleman is the John Fergusson trained Ittirad who has won 4 times over hurdles and should be fresh having not run since winning at Stratford last September.
The Dan Skelton trained Storm of Swords is ridden by top female jockey Bridget Andrews for The McKilcon Syndicate but although Sureness may not have won since September 2014 with anything is possible with Noel Fehilly back on board.
While the emphasis will be very much on the horseracing, with 96 horses declared to run, Uttoxeter Racecourse will once again be pulling out all the stops to ensure it's also a great day out for the whole family. Under 18s accompanied by adults will be admitted free of charge on the day, and young families heading for the Centre Course area will find a host of inflatables, slides, trampolines, pony rides and soft play areas.
Entrance to this year's John Smith's Summer Cup starts from £10, but a range of hospitality packages are also available. For further information and to book tickets online, visit www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk (Tel: 01889 562561). Tickets can also be purchased on the day at the entrance.