Bunbury Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (July Festival)

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Contested over a distance of 7f is the Bunbury Cup which is scheduled to take place at Newmarket during the July Festival. Below we have detailed past winners along with both trainer and jockey records in the race and see which trends have been set based on past winners of the Bunbury Cup.

Bunbury Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (July Festival)
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 Bunbury Cup Preview

Scheduled to take place in July of each year at the Newmarket racecourse is the Bunbury Cup which features at the July Festival. The race is run over a distance of seven furlongs, it is run over a straight and is open to runners who are aged three or older.

One of the popular betting handicaps of the turf flat season in England, the Bunbury Cup is named in honour of Sir Charles Bunbury who founded the two English Classics (1000 & 2000 Guineas) staged at Newmarket.

Bunbury Cup Information:

We also have a dedicated Newmarket tips page that will cover this race as well as all of the other races on the day of the race, see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are predicting to win this race and the others on the cards. You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Newmarket Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Bunbury Cup market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2016 when the race had an over-round of 121%. The race in 2015 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 134%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Bunbury Cup, the over-round has been 128%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £128 which is bet.

Bunbury Cup Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Bunbury Cup next time out then you would have backed a total of 1 winner. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +2.00. Whilst we wait for the 2024 Bunbury Cup remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 1:22.61 was set by Rene Mathis in 2015, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Richard Fahey and ridden by Paul Hanagan. The slowest winning time was set in 2012 when Bonnie Brae won in a time of 1:30.91, booked to ride was Ryan Moore on this David Elsworth trained runner.

These are the top three quickest-run Bunbury Cup over the last 20 renewals:

  • 2015 - Rene Mathis (1:22.61)
  • 2019 - Vale Of Kent (1:22.69)
  • 2022 - Bless Him (1:22.84)

Bunbury Cup Past Winners

Here are the Bunbury Cup past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and also the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Bunbury Cup as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Year Horse (Drawn) Info
2023
1:25.70
Biggles (GB)
6yo 9-3 (18 of 15) 5/1
Ryan Moore
Ralph Beckett (GB)
2022
1:22.84
Bless Him (IRE)
8yo 9-3 (3 of 18) 25/1
Jamie Spencer
David Simcock (GB)
2021
1:24.03
Motakhayyel (GB)
5yo 9-10 (3 of 18) 11/2
Frankie Dettori
Richard Hannon (GB)
2020
1:23.12
Motakhayyel (GB)
4yo 9-7 (14 of 17) 5/1
Jim Crowley
Richard Hannon (GB)
2019
1:22.69
Vale Of Kent (IRE)
4yo 9-4 (14 of 17) 13/2
Frankie Dettori
Mark Johnston (GB)
2018
1:24.36
Burnt Sugar (IRE)
6yo 9-1 (16 of 18) 7/1
Paul Hanagan
Roger Fell (GB)
2017
1:23.78
Above The Rest (IRE)
6yo 8-10 (19 of 18) 12/1
Clifford Lee (5lbs)
David Barron (GB)
2016
1:23.99
Golden Steps (FR)
5yo 9-0 (14 of 16) 7/1F
Frankie Dettori
Marco Botti (GB)
2015
1:22.61
Rene Mathis (GER)
5yo 9-1 (10 of 17) 16/1
Paul Hanagan
Richard Fahey (GB)
2014
1:25.61
Heavens Guest (IRE)
4yo 9-3 (9 of 13) 12/1
Tony Hamilton
Richard Fahey (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Bunbury Cup have been based:

  • GB: 20 winners with an additional 58 placings from 346 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 3 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 2 runners

Bunbury Cup Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Bunbury Cup over the last 20 renewals is Richard Fahey who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Brae Hill (2011), Heavens Guest (2014) and Rene Mathis (2015). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Bunbury Cup are Mark Johnston (2 wins) and Richard Hannon (2 wins). There is one trainer who has not had the best of times in the Bunbury Cup, Mick Channon has sent a total of 10 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Bunbury Cup trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Trainer R-W-P Win EW
Richard Fahey 20-3-6 +22.00 +12.39
Mark Johnston 14-2-5 -1.50 +0.44
Richard Hannon 7-2-3 +5.50 +6.20
David Simcock 9-1-3 +17.00 +12.63
Jamie Osborne 6-1-2 +9.00 +8.38
David Barron 5-1-2 +8.00 +5.38
Roger Fell 5-1-2 +3.00 +2.38
David Elsworth 5-1-2 +2.50 +2.56
Ralph Beckett 4-1-1 +2.00 +0.13
Marco Botti 3-1-1 +5.00 +2.38

Bunbury Cup Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Bunbury Cup over the last 20 renewals is Frankie Dettori who has won the race four times with those four winners coming from St Moritz (2010), Golden Steps (2016), Vale Of Kent (2019) and Motakhayyel (2021). Other jockeys who have recorded multiple wins in the Bunbury Cup are Ryan Moore (3 wins) and Paul Hanagan (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Bunbury Cup jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Jockey R-W-P Win EW
Frankie Dettori 13-4-6 +14.00 +9.01
Ryan Moore 12-3-6 +14.50 +11.63
Paul Hanagan 6-2-2 +19.00 +10.38
Jamie Spencer 9-1-3 +17.00 +11.01
Martin Dwyer 5-1-1 +21.00 +11.63
Adam Kirby 5-1-1 +10.00 +4.75
Tony Hamilton 4-1-2 +9.00 +6.00
Jim Crowley 4-1-1 +2.00 +0.13
Clifford Lee 1-1-1 +12.00 +7.50
Barry McHugh 1-1-1 +11.00 +6.88

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): (3, 16), 2, 13, (13, 17), 11, 2, 1, 19, 12, 9, 13, 9, (1, 9), 16, 10, 2, 16, 10, (4, 13), 3

The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well.

  • 20 / 20 (65%) - Achieved a TS of 91+ (Hcps)
  • 20 / 20 (69%) - Achieved a TS of 82+ (Season)
  • 20 / 20 (77%) - Within the first 13 of market
  • 20 / 20 (77%) - No bigger than 25/1
  • 20 / 20 (77%) - Achieved an RPR of 98+ (Season)
  • 20 / 20 (82%) - Not on HY/SFT/FM/STD/FS (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (83%) - Highest Placed is not G1-2/Cl3-4
  • 20 / 20 (83%) - Made 4-38 starts (Hcps)
  • 20 / 20 (85%) - Off a break of 8 - 42 days
  • 20 / 20 (87%) - Made 3 - 13 starts (1 Year)
  • 20 / 20 (87%) - Had 1 - 8 wins (Hcps)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Held an OR of 93+
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Fewer than 6 placings (1 Year)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Achieved an RPR of 98+ (Last 5)
  • 20 / 20 (89%) - Held an OR of 82+ (Last Win)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Newmarket racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Bunbury Cup. Did you know that we have an OLBG Betting School section on OLBG? It is a place to help you improve your betting experience with articles like the How to Find Winners - 101 Tips to Choose A Winning Horse Racing Bet.

Are you already a member? If not, then why not? With over £6,000 given away each month in the tipster competition, why not get involved? Remember, It is completely FREE! So, head over to the registration page to sign up today! If you are already a member, then share your thoughts on the Bunbury Cup by adding a tip on the race here.

Bunbury Cup Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +17.00 is when runners had 3 starts in the past 90 days. The worst performing factor which has failed to produce a single winner is when runners last win was 2 starts ago, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-48.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2023: Winner in 18 (3,16) [15 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 3 (17,5,6) [18 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 3 (14,10,6) [18 Runners]
  • 2020: Winner in 14 (4,5,13) [17 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 14 (11,17,8) [17 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the Bunbury Cup is Ascot, there has been a total number of 10 winners of this race who ran at Ascot last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 341 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 10 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Bunbury Cup:

  • Heeraat (2 Wins)
  • Primo Dominie (2 Wins)

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Bunbury Cup despite multiple attempts:

  • Exceed And Excel (0 Wins from 16 runners)
  • Acclamation (0 Wins from 9 runners)
  • Indian Ridge (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Invincible Spirit (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Pivotal (0 Wins from 6 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Bless Him in 2022, winning for David Simcock at odds of 25/1 under the guidance of Jamie Spencer. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there has been a total of 2 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2024 Bunbury Cup head over to see which other runners today are being backed by the best racing tipsters today.

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