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The Bunbury Cup is a handicap run at Newmarket on the July course over seven furlongs. It is open to three-year-olds and upwards and is staged as part of the course's three-day July festival. Recently the race was renamed and now goes by the sponsored title 32Red Trophy.

Bunbury Cup History
The race is named in honour of senior Jockey Club steward Sir Charles Bunbury (1740-1821). Bunbury is also credited for introducing both of the Classic races held at Newmarket - the 1,000 Guineas and the 2,000 Guineas.

In recent years, Mine is the most prolific winner of the race as he proved successful in 2002, 2005 and 2006. In 2002 he dead-heated for the prize but was presented outright victory in the stewards’ room on the disqualification of fellow dead-heater Capricho. He is also the oldest horse to win, as he was successful in 2006 as an eight-year-old.

Newmarket Racecourse, Home of the Bunbury Cup
Newmarket, Suffolk, is considered to be the home of English horse racing and has two racecourses, the Rowley Mile and the July course.
The first recorded race at Newmarket took place on March 18, 1622. In 1660 King Charles II began bi-annual visits to Newmarket and his patronage led to horse racing in the town being formalised.

In 1665 the Town Plate became the first horse race to be run under formal, written rules. The Jockey Club, which instituted the rules of horse racing, moved to Newmarket in 1750 and in the 1760s Newmarket started to host yearly fixed race meetings.
Newmarket stages the 1,000 Guineas and the 2,000 Guineas - two of the five British Classic horse races for three-year-old horses.

Bunbury Cup Betting
The Bunbury Cup is one of the less well-known races in English horse racing. As a result the amount of bettors placing wagers on this race is considerably smaller than for other races run at Newmarket. Despite this the race does feature somewhat in UK horse racing betting due to the fact that it is run as a part of the popular July Festival which does attract a considerable amount of attention as a horse racing betting event.

Bunbury Cup Facts
* No favourite has won the race since Patavellian in 2003.
* The longest-priced winner is Material Witness at 25-1 in 2004.
*The highest-weighted winner was En Attendant (1994), who carried 9st 12lb, and the lightest-weighted winner was Baldomero (1989) with 7st 7lb.

Further Interesting Reading
- Bunbury Cup - Wikipedia
- Gordon Stakes
- Online Betting Guide

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