Old Rowley Cup Tips: Haggas to claim Newmarket glory with quick improver

William Haggas can claim Old Rowley Cup glory on Friday.
William Haggas can claim Old Rowley Cup glory on Friday.

One of the most competitive betting heats at Newmarket on Friday will be the Old Rowley Cup, and our in-house tipster Steve Chambers is here with his preview of the three-year-old contest and he attemps to point you in the right direction of the winner...

William Haggas will unleash a dual-pronged attack at the 2022 running of the Old Rowley Cup and he will saddle two fancied contenders in the shape of current 9/2 favourite La Yakel and the 6/1 shot Educator, who also sits prominently in the latest betting. LA YAKEL has been a real revelation in recent months as having broke his maiden tag on his third start at Southwell, the son of Time Test then went on to impressively demolish a competitive field in the Lavazza Stakes at Ascot last time out, where he pulled half-a-length clear of smart field that day. He's been given a 5lbs rise for that win, so will face his stiffest test to date on Friday when he lines up off a mark of 92, but he was doing all his best work at the finish that day, so the 1m 4f trip should play to his strengths. If Tom Marquand can maintain a relatively prominent position in the early stages then he could unleash a fine late surge and he will very tough to beat and he's entitled to be the market leader.

Educator, who will carry the silks of His Majesty The King is a 6/1 second favourite for this event and the Deep Impact colt was a fine winner of a Newmarket handicap last time out, but then suffered a disappointing defeat at Salisbury last time out, so will need to bounce back here. Lining up off the same mark of 90 here, the Royal runner could well be regarded as the second string of the Haggas duo of La Yakel certainly makes more appeal.

Charlie Appleby and William Buick teamed up for glory in this race 12 months ago with Siskany bounding to glory, and the Godolphin duo will look to taste more success on Friday with First Ruler, who was beaten a length by the aforementioned La Yakel at Ascot.  The son of Dubawi is a 6/1 shot to turn the form around here, and while he's significantly better off at the weights in this contest, La Yakel was an impressive winner that day and while First Ruller was a winner at Ascot two starts ago he could well be in the handicapper's grip now.

George Boughey's Simply Sondheim is a fascinating runner as the son of Pivotal is on a spectacular winning run as he lines up on Friday bidding for a seven-timer at Newmarket. A winner of a minor handicap at Hamilton off a mark of 56 back in late May, Simply Sondheim has gone on to string five more wins together, with his last victory coming off a mark of 76 at Newmarket. Given a sizeable 11lbs rise for the most recent win, Boughey's charge will have to defy a career high mark of 87 on Friday, but at 7/1 has to be respected. This is undeniably his toughest race to date and it's hard to see him having enough class to deal with some proven performers at this level, and his winning run could come to a halt.

Hughie Morrison's Maksud is one of the proven class acts in the race and he will have the burden of top weight, but he deserves that he was last seen finishing second in a Listed event at Windsor, so he could find this a little easier. Second at Goodwood in handicap company off a mark of 99, Morrison's charge is an interesting runner at 9/1 and has to be potentially better than a lot of these.

Fresh from winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at the weekend, Sir Mark Prescott will bid for more success and he will saddle Sea King, who was a part of a melee at Haydock was demoted from second to fourth, but has shown signs of talent. Available at 12/1 he has to be another that comes into calculations, while one at a big price that could run well is Wild Crusade, who is the second string for the Appleby yard, but the 20/1 chance was well fancied for the Melrose at Doncaster, where he fluffed his lines, Last seen finishing eighth to La Yakel, the Godolphin raider has significant form to turn around, but has shown talent this season, so could outrun his lofty odds.

2022 Old Rowley Cup
La Yakel silk

La Yakel

Today's Horse Racing Tips
Advert Disclaimer
Horseracing.net is a free online resource which endeavour to provide helpful and useful content and odds comparison to its visitors. Please be advised that Horseracing.net accepts affiliate commission from the companies appearing on the site, and agreed commission levels impact the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented on the website. Any ratings that appear on this site is determined by our subjective opinion of the brand but also based on market share and reputation, each brand's conversion rates, commission paid to us and general consumer interest. Company listings on this page don't imply our endorsement. We do not feature all providers on the market. Except as expressly set forth in our terms and conditions, all statements and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information, including odds, which appear on this site is subject to change at any time.

Bet £10 Get £20 + £10 Casino Bonus

#AD New UK customers (Excluding NI) mobile only. £30 in FREE Bets (FB) as £20 in sports bets & a £10 casino bonus (CB). Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. FB applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. FB 7 day expiry. 1 FB offer per customer, household & IP address only. Payment restrictions. 14 days to accept £10 CB, then active for 3 days. CB 5x wagering & max redeemable £100. Game restrictions apply. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. 30 days to qualify. 18+. T&Cs apply
Bet £10 get £30 in Free Bets
#AD New customers on mobile only. 7 days to claim and stake £10 minimum bet at odds of 1.5 or greater to qualify. Free, void, cashed out or partially cashed out bets do not qualify. Max 3x £10 free bets credited on bet settlement. Free bets must be used on 4 or more selections with selection odds of 1.3 or greater. Free bets are non-withdrawable, and stake not returned with winnings. 7 day expiry. 18+BeGambleAware.org. T&Cs apply.
Double the odds, any sport, any bet, any odds!
#AD 18+ begambleaware.org Only valid for new registrations to Grosvenor Existing members do not qualify, Bet must be placed using real money in combination with the Odds Boost Token, Offer applies to Sport bets only. Max stake is £10. Each way bets are a maximum of £5 each way (£10 total). Customers have 60 days after registration to use the Odds Boost token. T&Cs apply.
Bet £20 & Get it Back As CASH If It Loses
#AD New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any Horse Racing market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Welcome Offer
#AD Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply. The bonus code SPTS365 can be used during registration, but does not change the offer amount in any way.
Bet £10 Get £30 In Free Bets
#AD 18+. Play Safe. New customers using Promo code R30 only, Min £10/€10 stake,  min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 3 x £10/€10, free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.
Bet £20 & Get it Back As CASH If It Loses
#AD 18+ begambleaware.org Max £20 refund on first bet. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. Only deposits made via Debit Card will be eligible for the promotion. T&Cs apply.  
Bet £10 Get £60 in Bonuses
#AD New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets (APP Only)
#AD New UK, IE & Malta customers only. 18+. Min £10/€10 first deposit using Debit Card or Trustly. Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5. Free bets expire in 90 days. Full T&Cs apply.
Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets + £10 Casino Bonus
#AD Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager bonus amount x40 within 14 days • Wagering req. vary by game • Withdrawal restrictions and Full T&C’s apply. 18+ begambleaware.org
Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets
#AD Offer includes a free £1 Race Index spread bet to try out our exciting 50-25-10 race markets. Place a £10 fixed odds bet at minimum odds of 1/2. Get 2 x £10 free fixed odds bets + 2 x £5 free Winning Favourites spread bets. Bet with live streaming on all racing and greyhounds! Ts&Cs Apply. 18+ begambleaware.org
£35 Free Bet + 10 Free Spins
If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of your first day's betting, QuinnBet will refund 50% of your losses as a Free Bet up to £35 (min 3 bets) Plus 10 Free Spins. Even if your account is up, you're guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | 18+ New UK Customers Only | BeGambleAware.org
50% Up To £50 Welcome Bonus
#AD 18+ begambleaware.org; New bettors get 50% of deposit up to £50; Once per household; Min deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Wager a total of 8 times deposit + bonus, with max qualifying bet stake equal to your initial bonus amount; Bonus expires after 60 days; Min odds of 4/5 on singles, or 2/5 per leg for acca; Some bet types excluded; See full terms.
Latest racing results
1stBetter Days Ahead
2ndChapeau De Soleil
3rdRun For Harry
1stLilting Verse
2ndAlfie's Princess
3rdStrong Belle
1stTraprain Law
View All Today's Results