Horse Racing

Old Newton Cup Handicap 2023 Odds and Favourites

There are a few highlights at Haydock Park over the course of the British flat racing season, but the Old Newton Cup is one of them, that’s for sure.

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A sizable field of high-quality handicappers will do battle of the tricky trip of one mile and nearly four furlongs, and there’s no shortage of prize money on offer here, what with winning connections set to scoop over £70,000.

Old Newton Cup Latest Odds

As you would expect for a rather large field handicap of this nature, the betting is competitive. There are no short prices here, though as you can see from the odds below, there is quite a strong early favourite.

Latest Old Newton Cup Odds:

La Yakel – 5/1 (6.00)

Cumulonimbus – 13/2 (7.50)

Sheer Rocks – 15/2 (8.50)

Maksud – 8/1 (9.00)

Teumessias Fox – 10/1 (11.00)

Toshizou – 12/1 (13.00)

Onesmoothoperator – 12/1 (13.00)

Gaassee – 14/1 (15.00)

Knightswood – 16/1 (17.00)

Howth – 16/1 (17.00)

Sir Rumi – 16/1 (17.00)

All other runners – 20/1 (21.00) +

Best odds taken for each horse from a selection of bookmakers, including William Hill, bet365, betfair, Ladbrokes, SkyBet, Betfred, PaddyPower, BetVictor and Unibet.

Top Favourites to Win the Old Newton Cup

In the early betting, one horse looks relatively strong, while there are a couple of others vying for the sport of second favourite.

La Yakel

Trainer William Haggas has two in the race, but the early market suggests that it’s all about La Yakel, who would certainly prove to be a very capable sort by winning this off the back of 274 days off.

We’re talking about a very shrewd yard, so they are likely to have the unexposed four-year-old ready for this assignment, and there’s every chance that he’s matured to find the improvement required based on his final effort last season. Clearly one of those in the race with lots of potential.


Another of less exposed types who remains with potential is Cumulonimbus for Charlie Fellowes. This horse got going late to stay on stoutly at Newmarket, where there was dig in the ground back in May, while he certainly improved for a faster surface when winning a Class 2 over course and distance last time out. The handicapper has had yet another say, but that form must be taken seriously. Trainer boasts a very good record at Haydock, after all.

Sheer Rocks

For Eve Johnson Houghton, Sheer Rocks arrives in fine form. Not only did he win with a little bit in hand at Ascot when returning from 218 days off in May, but the four-year-old followed up to land the spoils in a Class 2 at Epsom last time out on quick ground. Again, he did the job well, performing as though he’s not quite reached his ceiling yet. To my eyes, that form appears to be some of the strongest on offer and he’s clearly a huge player here, despite having to contend with a further 5lb rise.

Old Newton Cup Details

The Old Newton Cup is a valuable handicap, one that owners and trainers of useful middle-distance handicappers love to have a crack at. It’s a race with plenty of prestige and in recent years has been the sort of handicap where the cream rises. Each of the last three renewals of thsi race have been won by a horse at the top end of the weights.

It’s by no means an easy race to back the winner of, though, and favourites don’t often prosper. Five of the last six winners have been priced at 10/1 or bigger, while three of those six have scored at odds of least 14/1.

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