Big Spending Fleetwood Bag ‘Nasri’

It’s been one of the on-off transfer sagas of the summer but it was far easier for Fleetwood Town to land ‘Nasri’ than their Lancashire football counterparts from Manchester. The draw for the Blue Square Stewards’ Cup has paired the Cod Army with the Dandy Nicholls trained 5-year-old…

Blue Square, the bookmaker which sponsors the three Football Conference divisions, allocate a horse from their prestigious Glorious Goodwood race to every club in the Blue Square Bet Premier, North and South. The horse which wins the valuable six furlong sprint - which takes place at the Sussex track at 3.45 on Saturday (live on Channel 4) - will earn one club a cash windfall on the eve of the new season. Blue Square will give the club that ‘owns’ the winner £2000 plus the equivalent of a £100 bet at the Blue Square SP on their runner. Last year Droylsden from the Blue Square Bet North scooped a huge £4200 when Evens And Odds scored by a narrow margin at 22/1 from AFC Wimbledon’s Johnny Mudball.

Fleetwood’s Nasri is currently a 20/1 chance with the sponsors to score on the famous Downs. Hoof It and Mac’s Power are the joint-favourites at 7/1. The former, owned by professional golfer Lee Westwood and his agent Chubby Chandler, has been paired with Workington from the Blue Square Bet North. Mac’s Power will be running for Blue Square Bet South outfit Havant & Waterlooville who will no doubt have many supporters present at their local track.

A random draw was made at Goodwood on Wednesday morning and the top 68 entries in the race were allocated between the clubs. A maximum of 28 runners will go to post on Saturday, but there will be an extra chance to win for any clubs who miss out on the main event. This year, for the first time, a special consolation race will be run on the same day. The bluesquare.com Stewards’ Sprint Stakes will go off at 2.05 (also live on Channel 4) and will contain 28 horses which didn’t make the cut for the original race. Any club with a horse in the consolation race will win £1000 if their runner is successful, with the extra boost of the equivalent winnings from a £100 bet on that horse at the exclusive Blue Square SP.

The full draw is as follows:

Club - Horse

AFC Telford United - We Have A Dream
Alfreton Town - Fathsta
Altrincham - Parisian Pyramid
Barrow - Golden Desert
Basingstoke - Pastoral Player
Bath City - Irish Heartbeat
Bishop’s Stortford - Victoire De Lyphar
Blyth Spartans - Ancient Cross
Boreham Wood - Kuanyao
Boston United - Thunderball
Braintree Town - Kanaf
Bromley - Sohraab
Cambridge United - El Viento
Chelmsford City - Advanced
Colwyn Bay - Everymanforhimself
Corby Town - Lui Rei
Darlington - Mister Hughie
Dartford - Cape Vale
Dorchester - Edinburgh Knight
Dover Athletic - Noverre To Go
Droylsden - Tajneed
Eastbourne Borough - Dubai Media
Eastleigh - Baby Strange
Eastwood Town - Evens And Odds
Ebbsfleet United - Docofthebay
Farnborough - R Woody
FC Halifax Town - Confessional
Fleetwood Town - Nasri
Forest Green Rovers - Swiss Cross
Gainsborough Trinity - Johannes
Gateshead - Lutine Bell
Gloucester City - Racy
Grimsby Town - Tax Free
Guiseley - Sioux Rising
Hampton & Richmond - Mon Cadeaux
Harrogate Town - Corporal Maddox
Havant & Waterlooville - Mac’s Power
Hayes & Yeading United - Global City
Hinckley United - Tiddliwinks
Histon - Mac Gille Eoin
Hyde - Dafeef
Kettering Town - Swiss Dream
Kidderminster Harriers - Secret Asset
Lincoln City - Yer Woman
Luton Town - Novellen Lad
Maidenhead United - Fol Hollow
Mansfield Town - Quest For Success
Newport County - Free For All
Nuneaton Town - Dungannon
Salisbury City - Joseph Henry
Solihull Moors - Brave Prospector
Southport - Courageous
Staines Town - Cape To Rio
Stalybridge Celtic - Rain Delayed
Stockport County - Mymumsaysimthebest
Sutton United - Crown Choice
Tamworth - Secret Witness
Thurrock - Humidor
Tonbridge Angels - Atlantic Sport
Truro City - Five Star Junior
Vauxhall Motors - High Standing
Welling United - Colonel Mak
Weston-super-Mare - Son Of The Cat
Woking - Medicean Man
Worcester City - Lexi’s Hero
Workington - Hoof It
Wrexham - Jimmy Styles
York City - Fitz Flyer

The official declarations for the race will be made at 11am on Thursday morning. At 12noon on the same day Stockport County manager Didi Hamann will make the draw for stall positions for the Blue Square Stewards’ Cup in the parade ring at Goodwood. The former German international will be hoping to pull out a kind number for his club’s horse Mymumsaysimthebest - an outsider trained by Gary Moore - in order to boost his transfer funds for the upcoming Blue Square Bet Premier campaign.

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