Horse Racing

Old Newton Cup Handicap 2023 Betting Tips and Predictions

The feature race on what is an excellent racing card at Haydock Park on Saturday afternoon is the Old Newton Cup, a top-quality handicap run over a little under one mile and four furlongs.

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Our Betting Tips and Predictions for Old Newton Cup

As is the case with big-field handicaps, let’s lots to sift through. Finding the winner is never easy and that’s absolutely the case ahead of what is a very competitive betting heat.

Our Best Prediction: Sheer Rocks @ 7/1 (each-way)

With enough juice in 7/1 to play each-way, Sheer Rocks is very hard to not bet on here. He really hasn’t put a foot wrong since returning to action this season. What’s more, just like his win at Ascot did, his effort when coming two lengths clear of the field at Epsom over this trip last time out point towards him having more up his sleeve.

Yes, the handicapper has slapped this runner with another 5lb hike in the weights, but he performed like a horse that could deal with a mark of 94 when beating a very decent field last time out.

Our Each-Way Prediction: Teumessias Fox @ 12/1 (each-way)

This horse failed to confirm the wealth of support that he received in the market ahead of the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot, but don’t be surprised if he leaves that effort behind. This race is slightly less demanding, while he looked like he’d have more to give when winning comfortably at Newmarket on his penultimate start.

Harry Davies takes a handy 3lbs off, while trainer Andrew Balding has had his string in decent form of late. Balding also saddled the winner of this race in 2021, while the higher rated horses have a very good recent record in this contest.

Our Dark Horse Prediction: Dark Jedi @ 40/1 (each-way)

He may be 40/1, but discount Dark Jedi at your peril. Those looking for an each-way punt at big odds could certainly do worse than the Tim Easterby runner. Sure, he hasn’t won or really gone that close in four efforts this season, but the seven-year-old has tumbled in the weights and is now back down to his last winning mark.

Where did he last win? That’s right, Doncaster, where he came readily clear over further at this level back in October of last year. The forecast thunderstorm certainly wouldn’t do his chances any harm either, as he likes softer ground. He’s also gone close at this venue over this trip too, finishing a neck second here from his current mark back in 2o21.

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