Old Newton Cup Betting Tips: Sofia’s Rock Value in Big Haydock Handicap

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Horsbetting.com betting tips for the Old Newton Cup say Sofia’s Rock is the value bet to land the historic 1m 3f contest at Haydock on Saturday, 7 July. Atty Persse has a touch of class and is feared most, whole Tawdeea looks a lively outsider and each-way player given his record in the race. Read our 2018 Old Newton Cup betting tips preview for full details.Sofia’s Rock holds solid claims in Old Newton Cup Trainer Mark Johnston has a good recent record in the Old Newton and Sofia’s Rock looks cracking value to further enhance it in this year’s renewal of the historic 1m 4f handicap at Haydock on Saturday (13:45).

The Middleham handler has won two of the last five runnings courtesy of Star Lahib (2013) and Notarised (2015). Soldier in Action also ran a blinder for him under joint top weight when runner-up to Dylan Mouth 12 months ago.

In Sofia’s Rock, he has a tough gelding who has won four of his 19 starts and made the frame on four other occasions. The four-year-old is also unbeaten in two runs over course and distance.

The last of those successes came 21 days ago where he made all and stayed on strongly to slam Magellan by seven lengths. Sofia’s Rock never looked in any danger from the moment the stalls opened and scored with real authority.

It was a most taking display and Sofia’s Rock has since run a blinder to finish a three-quarters of a length runner up to Majeed off 10lb higher at Windsor. He again when attempted to make all and rallied strongly when headed to go down all guns blazing.

Although that run came only five days ago, Johnston inmates are renowned for their toughness and thrive on racing. Sofia’s Rock also relishes quick ground and is clearly right at the top of his game at present.

The yard also continue to bang in the winners and like to plunder valuable handicaps. The booking of the in-form Silvestre De Sousa to do the steering is another plus. So, taking everything into account, Sofia’s Rock odds have plenty going for them and he looks worth a bet at the prices on offer.Atty Persse has a touch of classThe betting is headed by Atty Persse, who is a lightly-raced flour-year-old with some smart form in the book. This Roger Charlton trained gelding has won three of his six starts. He made a winning debut last season when winning the Esher Cup, which is traditionally a decent contest, by a short-head after overcoming trouble in running.

Atty Persse then found only the progressive Laraaib too good when runner-up in a five-runner affair at Haydock, before getting back to winning ways in style in the ultra-competitive 18-runner King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot. The son of Frankel travelled well throughout and after taking up the running two from home drew readily clear to easily beat First Nation by three lengths.

Atty Persse was stepped up into Group company after that demolition job, but failed to fire on either occasion. This is far easier and he now returns to handicap company off a mark of 99 – just 6lb higher than when scoring at the Royal meeting.

It makes him look nicely treated and Atty Persse clearly goes well fresh and has underfoot conditions to suit, so that’s why he’s respected and among our 2018 Old Newton Cup betting tips.Tawdeea odds look tasty each-way At massive odds, the well-treated Tawdeea looks worth an each-way punt given his record in this race.

The David O’Meara trained six-year-old won the 2016 running off a mark of 95 before going on to score at Leicester off 102. He was also far from disgraced in last year’s renewal when a keeping on but never nearer four length fifth of 16 to Dylan Mouth.

Tawdeea is now able to race off a reduced rating of just 85, a joint career-low. It makes him very interesting from a handicapping perspective and his last two runs at York and Chester suggest he could be building up to something.

Off bottom weight of 8st 4lb, it would be no surprise to see him outrun his odds and hit the frame in a race in which bookmakers are paying four places. Tawdeea looks to have decent each-way claims here, then.Your Next Bet

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