Rowley Handicap Stakes Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Guineas Festival)

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We look at the Rowley Handicap Stakes ahead of the next renewal, a race contested over 6f at Newmarket during the Guineas Festival to see which runners, trainers and jockeys have previously won the race and which trends you can use to find the winner of the Rowley Handicap Stakes.

Rowley Handicap Stakes Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Guineas Festival)
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Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2025 Rowley Handicap Stakes Preview

Scheduled to take place during the Guineas Festival in May of each year at the Newmarket racecourse is this Heritage Handicap, the race is a Class 2 that is open to runners aged four or older and is run over a six-furlong trip.

The race in the past has attracted big fields and has also produced a lot of winners priced up 10/1 or bigger.

Rowley Handicap Stakes Information:

We also have a dedicated Newmarket tips page that will cover this race as well as all of the other races on the day of the race, see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are predicting to win this race and the others on the cards. You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information during the Guineas Festival, head down to the Other Principal races during the Newmarket Guineas Festival section for links to these. In addition to those, we also cover numerous races at Newmarket during the flat season, you can find links to those here.

How competitive is the Rowley Handicap Stakes market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2021 when the race had an over-round of 110%. The race in 2007 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 147%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Rowley Handicap Stakes, the over-round has been 129%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £129 which is bet.

Rowley Handicap Stakes Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Rowley Handicap Stakes next time out then you would have backed a total of 2 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -7.50. Whilst we wait for the 2025 Rowley Handicap Stakes remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

Over the last 20 renewals, it was Eastern Impact, trained by Richard Fahey and ridden by Jack Garritty who set the fastest winning time in the Rowley Handicap Stakes, the runner won the race in a time of 1:09.82 when winning the race in 2015. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer David Peter Nagle and jockey Joseph O'Brien with Maarek who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 1:14.03 in the 2012 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Rowley Handicap Stakes over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Eastern Impact (1:09.82) in 2015
  2. Evens And Odds (1:09.90) in 2009
  3. Indian Trail (1:09.99) in 2005

Rowley Handicap Stakes Past Winners

Here are the Rowley Handicap Stakes past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Rowley Handicap Stakes as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorse (Drawn)Info
2024
1:11.48
Desert Cop (GB)
4yo 8-12 (15 of 15) 22/1
Oisin Murphy
Andrew Balding (GB)
2023
1:13.62
Probe (GB)
5yo 8-9 (22 of 21) 15/2
Kieran O'Neill
Jennie Candlish (GB)
2022
1:10.81
Blackrod (GB)
4yo 8-12 (4 of 19) 13/2
Connor Beasley
Michael Dods (GB)
2021
1:11.42
Chil Chil (GB)
5yo 9-7 (3 of 7) 11/4F
Silvestre De Sousa
Andrew Balding (GB)
2019
1:10.66
On The Warpath (GB)
4yo 9-3 (5 of 10) 9/4F
William Buick
Charlie Appleby (GB)
2018
1:10.97
Gifted Master (IRE)
5yo 9-10 (12 of 15) 8/1
James Doyle
Hugo Palmer (GB)
2017
1:10.63
Mr Lupton (IRE)
4yo 9-9 (4 of 14) 10/1
Gerald Mosse
Richard Fahey (GB)
2016
1:11.48
Englishman (GB)
6yo 8-4 (15 of 16) 12/1
Joe Fanning
Milton Bradley (GB)
2015
1:09.82
Eastern Impact (IRE)
4yo 9-5 (6 of 22) 16/1
Jack Garritty (5lbs)
Richard Fahey (GB)
2014
1:11.12
Goldream (GB)
5yo 8-10 (10 of 21) 25/1
Andrea Atzeni
Robert Cowell (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Rowley Handicap Stakes have been based:

  • GB: 19 winners with an additional 53 placings from 396 runners
  • IRE: 1 winner with an additional 0 placings from 4 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner
  • QA: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner
  • AUS: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

Rowley Handicap Stakes Trainer Statistics

There are multiple leading trainers in the Rowley Handicap Stakes over the last 20 renewals with Richard Fahey, Kevin Ryan and Andrew Balding having all won the race two times. Richard Fahey's winners have been with Eastern Impact (2015) and Mr Lupton (2017). Kevin Ryan's winners have been Mutamared (2006) and Hamza (2013). Andrew Balding winners have been with Chil Chil (2021) and Desert Cop (2024). Two trainers have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Rowley Handicap Stakes, Stuart Williams has sent a total of 14 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst David Barron has sent out 13 without a winner.

Here are some of the top Rowley Handicap Stakes trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Richard Fahey23-2-4+5.00-1.37
Kevin Ryan15-2-5+4.00+5.14
Andrew Balding10-2-5+16.75+16.98
Nick Littmoden10-1-2+16.00+7.88
Robert Cowell9-1-1+17.00+7.63
David Elsworth4-1-1+7.00+3.25
Michael Dods4-1-1+3.50+1.06
Eve Johnson Houghton3-1-1+18.00+10.50
Hughie Morrison3-1-2+10.00+7.25
Jim Goldie3-1-2+8.00+5.75

Rowley Handicap Stakes Jockey Statistics

There are two leading jockeys in the Rowley Handicap Stakes over the last 20 renewals with both Andrea Atzeni and Neil Callan who have both won the race two times. Andrea Atzeni winners have been with Hawkeyethenoo (2010) and Goldream (2014). Neil Callan's winners have been Mutamared (2006) and Hamza (2013). Two jockeys have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Rowley Handicap Stakes, Ryan Moore has ridden a total of 12 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst Frankie Dettori has ridden 10 without a winner.

Here are some of the top Rowley Handicap Stakes jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Andrea Atzeni8-2-4+29.00+20.13
Neil Callan8-2-3+11.00+6.51
William Buick12-1-5-8.75+0.86
Joe Fanning11-1-1+2.00-2.50
James Doyle11-1-3-2.00+2.25
Silvestre De Sousa6-1-1-2.25-3.28
Oisin Murphy3-1-1+20.00+11.75
Kieran O'Neill2-1-1+6.50+3.69
Connor Beasley2-1-2+5.50+4.62
Jack Garritty1-1-1+16.00+10.00

Rowley Handicap Stakes Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +7.00 is when runners last place was 1 start ago. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had a biggest odds placed of 20/1, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-53.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2024: Winner in 15 (5,12) [15 Runners]
  • 2023: Winner in 22 (5,6,15) [21 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 4 (11,5,10) [19 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 3 (6) [7 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 5 (4,7) [10 Runners]

The courses that have produced the most winners of the Rowley Handicap Stakes are Newmarket (Rowley), Doncaster and Lingfield (AW), there has been a total number of 3 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 376 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 27 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Rowley Handicap Stakes, that stallion Oasis Dream has produced 2 winners (2024,2014).

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Rowley Handicap Stakes despite multiple attempts:

  • Acclamation (0 Wins from 12 runners)
  • Piccolo (0 Wins from 9 runners)
  • Dark Angel (0 Wins from 8 runners)
  • Compton Place (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Invincible Spirit (0 Wins from 7 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Off The Record in 2008, winning for James Given at odds of 25/1 under the guidance of Richard Hughes. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 3 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2025 Rowley Handicap Stakes remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page.

Other Principal races during the Newmarket Guineas Festival

Remember to head over to the Newmarket predictions page to see which runner the racing tipsters are supporting in the Rowley Handicap Stakes. Below are the other principal races that we cover during the Guineas Festival with links to each race blog as well as information for last year's winners.

Friday at the Guineas Festival

The highlight on Friday is the Jockey Club Stakes, a group 2 contested over one mile and four furlongs.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
14:25 Newmarket
King Charles II Stakes
Boiling Point (IRE)
3yo - 11/8
Roger Varian
James Doyle
15:00 Newmarket
Newmarket Stakes
Caviar Heights (IRE)
3yo - 7/1
K R Burke
Clifford Lee
15:35 Newmarket
Jockey Club Stakes
Outbox (GB)
9yo - 50/1
Archie Watson
Hollie Doyle

Saturday at the Guineas Festival

Saturday's highlight is the 2,000 Guineas, part of the British Champion Series, we see the 3-year-old runners compete over a mile.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:45 Newmarket
Rowley Handicap Stakes
Desert Cop (GB)
4yo - 22/1
Andrew Balding
Oisin Murphy
14:20 Newmarket
Suffolk Stakes
Liberty Lane (IRE)
4yo - 9/1
K R Burke
Clifford Lee
14:55 Newmarket
Palace House Stakes
Seven Questions (IRE)
3yo - 33/1
George Scott
Callum Shepherd
15:35 Newmarket
Qipco 2000 Guineas
Notable Speech (GB)
3yo - 16/1
Charlie Appleby
William Buick

Sunday at the Guineas Festival

Sunday is all about the fillies with the 1,000 Guineas taking centre stage, the three-year-olds will compete over a mile trip.

RaceLast WinnerInfo
13:50 Newmarket
Pretty Polly Stakes
Friendly Soul (GB)
3yo - 10/1
John & Thady Gosden
Kieran Shoemark
14:25 Newmarket
Dahlia Stakes
Stay Alert (GB)
5yo - 5/1
Hughie Morrison
David Egan
15:40 Newmarket
Qipco 1000 Guineas
Elmalka (GB)
3yo - 28/1
Roger Varian
Silvestre De Sousa

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Rowley Handicap Stakes Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for Flat Racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for flat racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful flat racing blogs for OLBG.

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