Old Newton Cup Odds
As Haydock racecourse longest standing race, the Old Newton Cup is very much etched into the folklore around the area.
The race itself goes back to 1898, where Lord Newton revamped the racecourse and created a one-off major race for the best Flat horses around.
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Over the years the race has developed through the ages to become one of the most valuable and prestigious handicap races run over 10 furlongs.
To keep the tradition of Lord Newton's memory, the racecourse encourage punters to turn up dressed in Victorian outfits on the day of the race.
The Old Newton Cup has a total prize fund of 85,000, and it is among one of the many Heritage Handicap races created by the BHA, who rebranded the concept to increase ante-post betting interest to add a further dimension to the top races.
With the race being upped in grade the standard of horses running have also increased, so in theory, despite it being a handicap, any horse rated above 90 could effectively run in the race. When punting on the race, looking at some key trends can be a big help when trying to find the winner of the race.
First of all, much like most competitive handicaps, ruling out the horses at the top of the handicap is the first thing to do. Top weights have failed to win in the last 11 renewals and only two have managed to finish placed.
As a trial race, the Duke OF Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot has proved a key trial recently, with four of the last seven winners coming from that very competitive race.
When assessing the previous winners in terms of their market position, eight of the last 10 winners have been priced between 8/1 and 14/1, which points towards a strong trend to fancied runners.