Old Rowley Cup Betting Tips – Shandoz Has Super Chance at Newmarket

Newmarket Betting Tips · Friday, 09th Oct 2020 - 16:10

Progressive Varian horse fancied for hat-trick

Shandoz is a lightly-raced and rapidly improving sort who looks capable of defying a further rise in the weights and landing his hat-trick in the 1m 4f Old Rowley Cup Handicap at Newmarket on Friday (16:10)

This Roger Varian trained three-year-old got off the mark at the third time of asking as a juvenile when overcoming trouble in-running to get up close home and beat Trumpet Man, a wide-margin winner last time out, by a cosy head over 1m at Wolverhampton.

Shandoz then picked up where he left off when making a winning return to action on handicap debut at Ascot in August following 322 days on the sidelines

After being held-up, the son of Derby winner Golden Horn made good headway a furlong from home and came with a sustained run under pressure in the last to beat Grand Bazaar by a short-head off a mark of 85.

He showed a really likeable attitude to get the job done. The form is strong as runner-up won next time up, whilst the third home Wise Glory went into the contest on the back of a brace of successes.

Looked good in Lavazza and stable in fine form

Shandoz then followed-up off 4lb higher at the same venue when landing the valuable 10-runner Lavazza Stakes by three-quarters of a length from Cepheus.

He stayed on strongly to get up close home after being denied a clear run two from home, so was value for more than the winning margin. Shandoz is therefore fully expected to confirm the form with the re-opposing runner-up.

The assessor has put him up another 7lb for that, but he is clearly going the right way and a revised rating of 96 should not be beyond him.

Shandoz is also 2-2 over the trip and hails from a yard in fine form. The Varian stable is operating at a 25 per cent strike rate in the last 14 days at the time of writing.

There is simply nothing not to like about Shandoz’s profile for this. He thus makes plenty of appeal at the 6/1 on offer with 888sport to go in again.

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Doubling Dice a big Old Rowley Cup player for Palmer

The Hugo Palmer trained Doubling Dice is also bidding for a hat-trick and annother unexposed improver, so rates the main danger to Shandoz.

This three-year-old shaped with promise in his first two starts when tenderly handled before being stepped up to the 1m 4f trip of this and running out the wide-margin winner of a six-runner novice contest on soft at Hamilton.

Doubling Dice made all and, when shaken-up two from home, forged clear to slam Will Sommers by 15 lengths. It was then a further 12 lengths back to the third home Let Me Be.

The son of Teofilo was allotted an opening mark of 82 on the back of that bloodless success and had little difficulty following-up off it at Haydock.

He again made all and found plenty when pressed inside the final furlong to readily fend off the challenge of Grinling and score by a cosy half-length.

A 5lb rise for that looks more than fair and a revised rating of 87 could seriously underestimate the ability of Doubling Dice, given his upwardly mobile profile.

He is also versatile as regards ground, hails from a yard in red-hot form, and now gets the services in the saddle of Andrea Atzeni for the first time.

That is an eye-catching jockey booking as he has a tremendous strike rate of 37.5 per cent when teaming up with the yard in the last 12 months, having ridden six winners and two placed horses from just 16 rides.

Therefore, at the 10/1 available with Betfred, Doubling Dice looks well worth considering here and a big each-way player.

Tritonic also appeals each-way in Old Rowley Cup

Tritonic represents last year’s winning handler Alan King and looks capable of outrunning his odds now stepped up in trip.

This three-year-old son of Sea The Moon ran a cracker on seasonal reappearance at Royal Ascot when getting collared close home and beaten half-a-length by Highland Chief off a mark of 95 in the 1m 2f Golden Gates Handicap

The winner was thought good enough to run in the Epsom Derby next time up. Highland Chief went on to run a fine race in defeat when a three-quarters of a length runner-up to Mogul in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

That gives the form a solid look. Tritonic backed it up with a fine 1 3/4 lengths second to Subjectivist in a Listed contest over 1m 3f at Hamilton when sticking to the task well.

He met the winner on level weights that day, so – as Mark Johnston’s charge has gone on to land a Group 3 by 15 lengths to be rated 109 – it makes Tritonic look potentially well-treated off his current rating of 99.

Tritonic then found life too hot when sixth of seven to Hukum in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes, but comes into the Old Rowley Cup having run very well when a staying on second to Emissary over 1m 3f at Yarmouth.

The 1m 4f trip of this promises to suit and he has a good record in this grade – class 2 – having won once and been placed once in three starts.

Hence, at 16/1 with Betfair, Tritonic is another that appeals from an each-way betting perspective in a typically fierce renewal of the Old Rowley Cup.

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