William Hounsom Byles
William Hounsom Byles (British, 1872–1916)
THE STEWARDS’ CUP, GOODWOOD, 1920
Oil on canvas, 20” x 32”
Signed, dated 1920
In 1840 the first Stewards’ Cup was officially run as a race. Over the prior decade Goodwood’s senior steward had awarded a cup in the race of his choosing. Lord George Bentinck proposed the perpetual six-furlong sprint now known as the Stewards’ Cup in 1839. In the 1920 edition Western Wave and Plymouth Rock nearly collided close to the wire. And in a race named for the stewards, they made the call for Western Wave. Western Wave shared something in common with the previous year’s winner, Irish Elegance. Both carried a horse by the name of May Day in their pedigrees, which meant their pedigrees were not completely Thoroughbred, and they were therefore ineligible for entry into the General Stud Book.