News About: 2013 Newmarket Handicap

Knee Fracture Forces Barakey Out for Six Months

Knee Fracture Forces Barakey Out for Six Months

12 Mar, 2013

Punters who moved quickly to put Barakey into the “sack file” after his disappointing 11th in the Newmarket Handicap may want to reconsider.

The Perth speedster had a genuine excuse when suffering the first defeat of his career, with scans confirming he fractured his knee during the $1 million sprint.

The five-year-old will have six …

Gollan in Good Spirits for Newmarket

Gollan in Good Spirits for Newmarket

8 Mar, 2013

Spirit Of Boom hasn’t won in nearly 14 months but that doesn’t faze trainer Tony Gollan ahead of Saturday’s $1 million Newmarket Handicap¬†at Flemington.

Spirit Of Boom will appreciate a dry track in the Newmarket Handicap. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Brisbane trainer is convinced that had luck gone the big entire’s …

Better Than Ready Impresses at Flemington

Better Than Ready Impresses at Flemington

5 Mar, 2013

Lightweight Newmarket Handicap (1200m) chance Better Than Ready has ticked another box ahead of his Group 1 debut with a strong jump-out at Flemington this morning.

Better Than Ready impressed in a Flemington jump-out this morning ahead of the Newmarket Handicap. Photo by: Daniel Costello.

Top jockey Craig Williams partnered the Queensland colt in the …

Straight Suits But Newmarket Task Tough for Barakey

Straight Suits But Newmarket Task Tough for Barakey

5 Mar, 2013

Perth speedster Barakey was strong in a work-out down the Flemington straight this morning but remains slightly underdone for his tough first-up test in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on Saturday.

Everything was going to plan for the unbeaten sprinter before he was a late scratching at the barriers in the Oakleigh Plate last …

Queenslanders In Line for Newmarket Raid

Queenslanders In Line for Newmarket Raid

28 Feb, 2013

Perth stars Barakey and Luckygray have attracted plenty of attention but the $1 million Newmarket Handicap (1200m) could be in for an interstate raid of a different kind.

Better Than Ready could be one of four Queenslanders in the Newmarket Handicap. Photo by: Daniel Costello.

Four Queenslanders remain in contention to run in the Group …

Weighty Task for Luckygray in Newmarket

Weighty Task for Luckygray in Newmarket

26 Feb, 2013

The difficult task of winning the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington first-up on Saturday week has become even harder for Perth gelding Luckygray.

The five-year-old has been allocated the topweight of 58kg for the $1 million sprint which hasn’t been won first-up since 1917.

Luckygray was last seen at the Perth Summer Racing …

No Newmarket for Black Caviar

No Newmarket for Black Caviar

19 Feb, 2013

It was already considered unlikely but Black Caviar trainer Peter Moody confirmed this morning the champion mare will not contest the Newmarket Handicap.

Peter Moody has ruled out a Newmarket Handicap start for Black Caviar. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The six-year-old will next be seen in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) …

He’s Better Than Ready to Chase Group 1

He’s Better Than Ready to Chase Group 1

31 Jan, 2013

Running in a benchmark 84 handicap on February 2 may not be most traditional starting point for a horse that will be chasing Group 1 glory in the autumn but that is exactly what will happen at Rosehill on Saturday.

Better Than Ready will chase Group 1 glory in the autumn in an effort to …

All Systems Go for Barakey’s Melbourne Trip

All Systems Go for Barakey’s Melbourne Trip

30 Jan, 2013

He’s already the best in the west but can Perth’s sprinting sensation Barakey match it with the big guns in Melbourne?

Time will tell but one thing is certain. He’ll be there.

The unbeaten gelding successfully ticked the final box ahead of his Melbourne trip at Belmont Park on Tuesday when cruising to his second …

Monday Trial for Barakey Ahead of Oakleigh Plate

Monday Trial for Barakey Ahead of Oakleigh Plate

18 Jan, 2013

Western Australia’s sprinting sensation Barakey will trial at Belmont on Monday as preparations heat up ahead of his east coast assault.

The unbeaten gelding has not been seen since flashing home to win the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes on November 24 and is being aimed at first-up test in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) …