In 2001 the firm was asked by Her Majesty’s Representative to produce a series of relatively traditional antique silver trophies for the Group races at the Royal Ascot meeting in June. Within three years we had provided new cups for twenty-one of the then twenty-four races.
This connection with Ascot prompted the al-Thani family, who sponsor British Champions Day on the same racecourse each October through their QIPCO vehicle, to commission Humphrey Butler Ltd to produce a series of specially designed armada dishes bearing the flying horse emblem of the British Champions Series, to be presented to every winning owner, trainer and jockey at this one-day festival of British racing.
Our involvement has now extended to the entire Guineas meeting at Newmarket in May, the King VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July, and further Group races at Newmarket’s July meeting and Glorious Goodwood‘s summer festival, together with Irish Champions weekend at Leopardstown and the Currragh also under the QIPCO banner.
The glorious silver gilt cup illustrated provided a highlight of our summer when it appeared in timely fashion in a provincial auction. We had been asked by the Qatari sponsors of Ascot's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes to find a suitable trophy and we were delighted to be able to provide them with an appropriate and highly satisfying solution by buying for them this wonderful example which had first been presented at Royal Ascot in 1913 as the King's Vase.
We would be delighted to advise any new race sponsors on a choice of trophy in the future and are always happy to produce replicas of challenge trophies when required.