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2019 Old Rowley Cup Handicap tips – 10/1 and 16/1 tips in Newmarket’s big handicap this Friday

A view of the runners in the Old Rowley Cup.

Our expert takes a look through the field set to contest Friday’s Old Rowley Cup and highlights two horses worth backing at Newmarket.

Once the winner of the Fillies’ Mile has made her way out of the winners’ enclosure, the entrants in this year’s Old Rowley Cup will hit the hallowed turf at Newmarket. 19 high-quality three-year-olds will tackle the mile-and-a-half trip on Friday, all hoping to land the lion’s share of the £75k prize pot.

Our expert has cast his eye through the full field for Friday’s renewal and thrown up two horses he will be backing in this year’s Old Rowley Cup.

2019 Old Rowley Cup Handicap Tips


First In Line heads the betting for this handicap, despite flopping when heavily fancied over two furlongs further at Haydock. With the favourite languishing out the back, Ranch Hand stole the headlines and is fancied by many to win the Cesarewitch here on Saturday. Second at Haydock was TRUESHAN, and I feel Alan King’s charge has been dangerously overlooked.

King’s three-year-old sprang a surprise on his second start at Wolverhampton, powering home over 12 furlongs to win carrying lengthy odds of 33/1. Trueshan was much more fancied to do the business as he carried a penalty into a novice contest at Ffos Las and Hollie Doyle’s mount proved his Wolverhampton triumph was no fluke, beating two future winners in convincing fashion.

Andrea Atzeni took the ride on Trueshan at Haydock and the pair looked to be mounting a winning challenge as they swung wide into the home straight. Although he dealt with the soft ground well, the extended 14-furlong trip eventually caught up with King’s charge in the closing stages and he couldn’t find the finishing pace to really challenge Ranch Hand.

Dropping back in trip looks a sensible move and Trueshan will be perfectly comfortable on the soft ground. King’s charge has only been out three times this season, so he should be fresher than many of his rivals – some of whom have been on the go continuously throughout the season – and William Buick rides the Rowley Mile as well as most. He looks a solid each-way bet at 10/1.


Another runner who has strong form in with Friday’s favourite is SKYMAX, who finished just a length behind First In Line when John Gosden’s colt placed second to Hamish in the Melrose Handicap at York. 

Ralph Beckett’s colt made the running as he stepped up to one-and-three-quarter miles for the first time. Although he was eventually passed by a few of his rivals, it took three very strong stayers to get by him that day and Skymax stuck to his guns valiantly to secure a fourth-place finish.

On his penultimate start over 12 furlongs, Beckett’s charge secured a smart victory on soft ground at Newbury, making all before striding clear in the final few furlongs to win by seven lengths. Skymax also boasts some valuable course form here on the Rowley Mile, having beaten Nayef Road in a Nursery Handicap over ten furlongs last October.

Skymax showed plenty of smart form as a juvenile and did his best work during the autumn months. I expect Richard Kingscote to deploy similarly confident tactics which have suited Skymax in recent starts and he could be even more difficult to pass now he’s back down over a mile-and-a-half. At 16/1, he’s probably my best bet in Friday’s race.

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2019 Old Rowley Cup Handicap tips – 10/1 and 16/1 tips in Newmarket’s big handicap this Friday

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