Hamilton Park Racecourse unveiled their newest trophy, The Watson Memorial Cup, at Almada Raceday on Tuesday 2 July.
The Watson Memorial Cup was presented to the winning connections of one of Hamilton Park’s most valuable races, The £30,000 Almada Mile Handicap. Proud owners Kingsley Park 10 were the first to get their hands on the trophy after an impressive win by Victory Command, ridden by P.J. McDonald and trained by Britain’s winning-most trainer Mark Johnston.
The elegant trophy has been created to honour one of the most significant historical families of the local area, the Watson Baronetcy of Earnock. Founded in c1895, the baronetcy has contributed considerably to the local community including gifting the impressive Watson Fountain to the people of Hamilton, which still stands today at the corner of Cadzow Street and Muir Street.
Sir Julian Somerled Watson, 7th Baronet of Earnock, was a shareholder and loyal supporter of Hamilton Park. Following the passing of Sir Julian in May 2016, the Watson Baronetcy sadly became extinct. However, the team at Hamilton Park had been working closely with the Watson estate to ensure a lasting legacy.
Vivien Currie, Chief Executive at Hamilton Park Racecourse, said: “The Almada Mile Handicap is one of the highlights of our racing calendar and the local significance of the race perfectly aligns with the history behind the creation of the trophy.
“Victory Command was a worthy winner and we were honoured to be able to present the Watson Memorial Cup for the first time.
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