Olly Stevens, who together with his wife, Hetta, trains on the Sussex-Surrey border at Robins Farm, near Chiddingfold, is delighted that their training establishment owned by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani will be sponsoring the 2013 Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood this Saturday.
The famous handicap, run over six furlongs and one of the most competitive races during the five days of Glorious Goodwood, will be titled the Robins Farm Racing Stewards’ Cup.
Olly said: “To have Robins Farm associated with such an iconic and popular race as the Stewards’ Cup is very exciting for us. We are extremely grateful to Sheikh Fahad for providing us with this opportunity to promote Robins Farm.
“Through QIPCO Holding’s on-going sponsorship of the Sussex Stakes, Sheikh Fahad and his brothers have established an excellent relationship with Goodwood and he identified the chance to sponsor the Stewards’ Cup as a way to raise the profile of Robins Farm and what we have to offer all owners.The season has gone really well so far and it was a great thrill to reward Sheikh Fahad’s support by training his Royal Ascot winner, Extortionist. He takes great pleasure in seeing any horse trained at Robins Farm succeed, whether they are owned by him, his brothers or one of our other clients or partnerships.”
Both Olly and Hetta have outstanding racing experience, with both of them more than qualified to hold the trainer’s licence- but with very young twin daughters, Hetta felt it was better that Olly’s name should be on it.
They have made their mark this season with eight winners and 27 horses in the frame so far sent out from Robins Farm.
Green Door, a winner of the Makfi Future Star Race at Newmarket, and another juvenile, Mystique Rider, a promising third on his Salisbury, had been earmarked for a possible run on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood, yesterday. Green Door and Extortionist also hold entries in The Keeneland Phoenix Stakes Group One race at The Curragh in August.
In addition to training for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, Olly trains horses for local owners, and amongst these is School Fees, which has won twice for Messrs Elias, Mitchell and Newton this season. All horses enjoy superb facilities at Robins Farm, with a selection of top class gallops, paddocks ,salt water horse walkers and boxes with rubber walls and floors.
Adam Waterworth, managing director of Goodwood Racecourse said: “I am really pleased that Robins Farm is sponsoring the Stewards’ Cup this year. It is one of our local training yards and it is good to have it involved with Glorious Goodwood, especially in such a high-profile race as the Stewards’ Cup.”
Also taking place on the Saturday of Glorious Goodwood is the race for those horses who did not make the cut for the Robins Farm Racing Stewards’ Cup, which will be run as the Robins Farm Racing Stewards’ Sprint.