AN HISTORIC relationship between a jeweller and Chester Races will continue this week.
The city’s oldest jewellers, Lowe and Sons, of Bridge Street Row, has cleaned and engraved the Cups that will be presented at Chester Racecourse, continuing a relationship that has lasted for more than 200 years.
Lowe’s will engrave the Chester Cup for the Racecourse, the major race of the May meeting, as well as polishing and engraving other major racing trophies such as the Chester Vase. Lowe & Sons, established in 1770, is one of the UK’s oldest jewellers and Chester Racecourse is the UK’s oldest racecourse.
The jeweller will also be supplying tumbler cups based on centuries-old designs to the winning owners at the Chester May meeting. Records dating back to 1791 show that tumbler cups made by Lowe and Sons were presented by the Earl of Grosvenor at Chester Races before trophies became fashionable.
The race title and date will be engraved on the tumblers and this revived custom will continue for all Chester Racecourse meetings in the future.
General manager Kevin Parry said: “Lowe and Sons is delighted to have forged this strong relationship with Chester Racecourse, which has been established for more than 200 years. Lowe’s continue to engrave the trophies which will be sparkling for next week.
“We are proud of this strong link and pleased that once again, tumblers are being engraved with the race title and date. ”
Lowe’s first supplied the Chester Cup in 1804. Chester Racecourse is the oldest in Britain, with racing dating back to 1539. The last Gold Cup was presented in 1927.
The Cup is now Silver gilt.