Zoffee Wins the Duke of Westminster Supporting Chester Cup in 200th Year

Published on 10 May 2024

The Hugo-Palmer trained Zoffee was the big winner on a special and historic Chester Cup Day on the Roodee, as the Boodles May Festival came to a spectacular conclusion.

Pipped in last year’s contest, the eight-year-old reversed fortunes to win the Duke of Westminster Supporting the Chester Cup in its 200-year celebration.

Under a terrific ride from jockey Harry Davies, Zoffee won Chester’s most valuable and prestigious race for owner Mr Alan Peterson. The win also marked a memorable success for Chester-born Michael Owen, whose Manor House Stables train the horse.

Alphonse Le Grande claimed the consolation race, the Duke of Westminster Supporting the Chester Plate, under the ride of William Buick.

Another highlight earlier in the card saw City Streak get up to beat Chester course specialist Box to Box by a nose in the Free Bet Friday Handicap Stakes. The roar of the crowd had jockey Oisin Murphy lapping up the amazing atmosphere as he celebrated back-to-back winners, having previously rode Mina Rashid to success.

Not to be outdone, Richard Kingscote had two winners himself, with the Sir Michael Stoute trained Passenger claiming the IRE-Incentive, It Pays To Buy Irish Huxley Stakes. Kingscote’s other victory came aboard Percy’s Lad in the CAA Earl Grosvenor Handicap Stakes.

A divided race rounded off the 2024 Boodles May Festival with Oman and Chase The Dollar winning the Horse PWR Apprentice Handicap Stakes Div I and Div II, respectively.

A huge thank-you to all our partners, sponsors and guests for your support throughout this year’s Boodles May Festival. We look forward to seeing you all again soon for more immersive raceday experiences.

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