2023 Old Rowley Cup Handicap Betting Odds at Newmarket racecourse

Friday, 13 October 2023

There’s a cracking card at Newmarket Racecourse on Friday and that includes the prestigious Old Rowley Cup Handicap. There looks set to be a big field of runners, with as many as nineteen horses lining up for an encounter over one mile and four furlongs. Humanity is the one that they have to beat according to the racing odds.

However, there are a number of potential winners and Alsakib comes into the race off the back of three victories in the past four races. There could be plenty of each-way interest in this three-year-old, while Shadow Dance was also successful in a previous outing and the Roger Varian-trained runner could also deliver a strong performance.

2023 Old Rowley Cup Handicap Tips

Humanity has been impressive as a three-year-old and there was plenty to like about the past two victories which both came on an all-weather surface. At Kempton Park in early September, there was a 7/4 favourite win against twelve other opponents where the horse was able to record a six-length victory over one mile and three furlongs.

Previously to this, the same horse was able to beat odds-on favourite Karat Karat by over three-lengths at Lingfield Park, with John & Thady Gosden’s charge now bidding to land a hat-trick of victories although it’s certainly a tough race to win. Alsakib has won three of his past four outings and certainly has a chance of landing another victory here.

Andrew Balding’s three-year-old was able to score at Ascot last time out, with the horse obliging in the Lavazza Stakes at odds of 5/1. There was previously a smart performance to finish third in the Coral Kincsem Handicap and that came after a win in the Darley Novice Stakes at Windsor, so we know this charge has the ability to get up on the line.

Shadow Dance won over one mile, three and a half furlongs at Haydock Park recently beating Golden Maverick and favourite Feud on that occasion, with Denmark carrying a good deal more weight although we can’t rule out the Aidan O’Brien-trained charge too easily, with the horse looking to bounce back after a disappointing showing at Doncaster.

We’ve got an exciting race on the cards on Friday 11 October, with a maximum of twenty-five horses competing in the bet365 Old Rowley Cup Handicap at Newmarket.

This Class 2 encounter takes place over one mile and four furlongs, with trainer William Haggas likely to be feeling confident due to the fact that he has the best two horses in the race according to the latest odds.

Monica Sheriff has won her previous four races and deserves to be at the head of the betting for this encounter, with the horse having done nothing but impress since triumphing at Haydock in early June.

There was a decent sized lay-off after that victory before striking a victory at Ffos Las and there have been further wins on the all-weather at Newcastle before the most impressive win at Goodwood.

Monica Sheriff is currently trading at odds of 5/1, although this is a wide open encounter and Haggas will also be responsible for the highly-rated Hamish who hasn’t been out of the top three in his four outings this season.

The three-year-old is trading at 7/1 to win the race and it will be 48 days since he last featured at a racecourse, with that sort of rest period potentially likely to be to the horse’s benefit.

There was also plenty to like about victory in the Sky Bet Melrose Handicap, with the horse obliging at odds of 7/1 and beating favourite First In Line into second place.

Incredible as it sounds, William Haggas could have the 1-2-3 in this race by virtue of the fact that Faylaq is entered into the race, with the horse off a high weight at 9-6 although there was a recent win on the all-weather at Kempton.

Some will regard Battle Of Paradise as a good each-way prospect at odds of 8/1, with Sir Mark Johnston hoping to see his charge run as well as he’s done this season, with two runner-up placings being followed by a victory.

Derevo is also an experienced campaigner, running once last year as a two-year-old before four further outings this season and three of the races have seen the horse triumph.

The horse claimed the spoils on the all-weather at Chelmsford and then returned to the winners’ enclosure to land victories at Pontefract and Newcastle.