Esher Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Classic Trial Day)

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We look at the Esher Cup ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 1m at Sandown during the Classic Trial Day to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends you can use to find the winner of the Esher Cup.

Esher Cup Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Classic Trial Day)
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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.

2025 Esher Cup Preview

Run over a trip of one mile and open to runners who are aged three years old is the Esher Cup which is a Class 2 handicap that takes place at Sandown during April and is a race that can throw up a surprise result despite the smallish fields that we get each year.

Esher Cup Information:

Why not use the trends shortlist below to help you narrow down the field and then head over to the dedicated Sandown tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG expert racing tipsters to find yourself a bet? You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Sandown Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Esher Cup market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2004 when the race had an over-round of 109%. The race in 2003 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 125%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Esher Cup, the over-round has been 115%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £115 which is bet.

Esher 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 Esher Cup next time out then you would have backed a total of 3 winners. Backing all 20 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -11.00. Remember to use the racing predictions along with the information on this page to find a bet on the 2025 Esher Cup.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 1:42.41 was set by Grand Passion in 2003, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by G Wragg and ridden by Darryll Holland. The slowest winning time was set in 2012 when Grey Mirage won in a time of 1:54.30, booked to ride was Silvestre De Sousa by the trainer Marco Botti.

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

  1. Grand Passion (1:42.41) in 2003
  2. Desert Dew (1:42.74) in 2007
  3. Racketeer (1:42.92) in 2009

Esher Cup Past Winners

Here are the Esher 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 the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Esher Cup as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Race Notes: The 2023 renewal was abandoned due to unsafe ground.

YearHorse (Drawn)Info
Hand Of God (GB)
3yo 8-12 (4 of 5) 1/1F
Ryan Moore
Harry Charlton (GB)
Wanees (GB)
3yo 8-12 (5 of 10) 100/30
Jim Crowley
Charles Hills (GB)
Naamoos (FR)
3yo 9-7 (7 of 9) 11/2
Ben Curtis
Mark Johnston (GB)
Masaru (GB)
3yo 9-7 (5 of 10) 9/1
Ryan Moore
Richard Hannon (GB)
Epic (GB)
3yo 8-10 (5 of 8) 4/1
Silvestre De Sousa
David Elsworth (GB)
Atty Persse (IRE)
3yo 9-1 (1 of 13) 6/4F
James Doyle
Roger Charlton (GB)
Czabo (GB)
3yo 8-10 (7 of 9) 11/1
Silvestre De Sousa
Mick Channon (GB)
Mutarakez (IRE)
3yo 8-9 (6 of 9) 7/1
Frankie Dettori
Brian Meehan (GB)
What About Carlo (FR)
3yo 9-2 (5 of 8) 12/1
Jimmy Fortune
Eve Johnson Houghton (GB)
Haafaguinea (GB)
3yo 9-4 (2 of 7) 11/2
Adam Kirby
Clive Cox (GB)

Esher Cup Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Esher Cup over the last 20 renewals is John Gosden who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Racketeer (2009) and Fallen Idol (2010). There is one trainer who has not had the best of times in the Esher Cup, Andrew Balding has sent a total of 10 runners to the race without recording any wins.

Here are some of the top Esher 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):

John Gosden8-2-3+1.33-0.91
Richard Hannon12-1-4-2.00-1.07
Charles Hills5-1-2-0.67-0.62
Roger Charlton5-1-3-2.50+0.34
Brian Meehan4-1-2+4.00+3.30
Clive Cox4-1-1+2.50+0.44
David Elsworth4-1-1+1.00-0.60
Sir Michael Stoute4-1-1-0.25-1.35
Eve Johnson Houghton3-1-2+10.00+7.30
Marco Botti3-1-1+4.00+1.75

Esher Cup Jockey Statistics

There are two leading jockeys in the Esher Cup over the last 20 renewals with both Ryan Moore and Silvestre De Sousa who have both won the race three times. Ryan Moore winners have been with Prince Samos (2005), Masaru (2019) and Hand Of God (2024). Silvestre De Sousa winners have been with Grey Mirage (2012), Czabo (2016) and Epic (2018).

Here are some of the top Esher 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):

Ryan Moore17-3-5+10.00+2.14
Silvestre De Sousa6-3-4+18.00+11.05
William Buick10-1-4-5.00-2.40
Frankie Dettori6-1-1+2.00-0.80
James Doyle5-1-1-2.50-3.06
Jim Crowley4-1-1+0.33-1.00
Jimmy Quinn2-1-1+13.00+7.40
Adam Kirby1-1-1+5.50+3.44
Ben Curtis1-1-1+5.50+3.30
Nicky Mackay1-1-1+3.33+2.00

Esher Cup Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +24.16 is when runners last win was 1 start ago. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners ran in a field of 10 on debut, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-25.

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

  • 2024: Winner in 4 (5) [5 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 5 (1,4) [10 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 7 (2,8) [9 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 5 (11,10) [10 Runners]
  • 2018: Winner in 5 (2,9) [8 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the Esher Cup is Kempton (AW), there has been a total number of 5 winners of this race who ran at Kempton (AW) last time out. The next best courses which have produced the second most winners are Newbury and Doncaster, there has been a total number of 3 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 172 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 8 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have been disappointed with multiple attempts but no wins in the Esher Cup, that stallion is Kodiac who has failed to produce a winner from 5 runners.

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Barathea Dreams in 2004, winning for J S Moore at odds of 14/1 under the guidance of Jimmy Quinn. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 4 winning favourites in the race. Before placing your bet on the 2025 Esher Cup head over to see which other runners today are being backed by the best racing tipsters today.

Other Principal races at Sandown racecourse

Here are some other notable races at the Sandown racecourse throughout the racing season that you may be interested in.

Races in January

Races in February

Races in March

Races in April (Classic Trial Day)

Races in April (Jump Finale)

Races in July

Races in December

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Esher Cup Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for Flat Racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for flat racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful flat racing blogs for OLBG.

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