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Newmarket Handicap

The 2018 Newmarket Handicap is a Group One sprint race held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. It is the premier sprint race in Australia and is worth $1.25 million in prize money.

Run over a distance of 1,200 metres, it was first run in 1874 over a distance of six furlongs before switching to the metric system in 1973.The Newmarket Handicap has been run on Flemington’s famous 1,200 metre straight every year except 2007, when it was run at Caulfield Racecourse due to a major reconstruction of Flemington.

The Newmarket Handicap is an open handicap, and attracts the some of the best horses in the country. Lead up races to watch for the Newmarket Handicap betting include the Lightning Stakes (1100m), Australia Stakes (1200m) and the Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

The Newmarket Handicap is the only race apart from the Melbourne Cup that is allowed 24 starters. The race is held on the second weekend of March each year and features as part of Flemington’s Super Saturday of racing. The Newmarket Handicap shares the day with six other Group races, including the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).

Some impressive winners of the Newmarket Handicap include, Heroic (1926), Baguette (1971), Exceed and Excel (2004), Takeover Target (2006), Scenic Hussler (2008) and Wanted (2010).

Horses that have won the Newmarket Handicap more than once include Aspen (1880-81), Gothic (1927-28), Correct (1960-61) and Razor Sharp (1982-83). The fastest running of the Newmarket Handicap was 1 minute and 7.6 seconds by Miss Pennymoney in 2000, while the slowest time was run by Special in 1988 with 1 minute and 11.2 seconds.

2018 Newmarket Handicap Field

The 2018 Newmarket Handicap field will be provided below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x105x100x1 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 15 57.5kg 114
2 4x2123x531 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 56.5kg 112
3 15x66x1650 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing 1 52.5kg 104
4 4111x411x4 RICH CHARM Udyta Clarke Patrick Moloney 5 52.5kg 104
5 11x43765x5 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Damian Lane 6 52.5kg 104
6 3x930x15x4 SUPIDO Michael Kent Beau Mertens 14 52.5kg 104
7 1306x13x14 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 7 52.5kg 104
8 311900821x FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Allen (a) 10 52kg 98
9 75537×5141 KEN’S DREAM Darren Weir Dean Yendall 8 52kg 95
10 1351x30x32 LUCKY LIBERTY Henry Dwyer Chris Parnham 13 52kg 90
11 111x101x3 MERCHANT NAVY Aaron Purcell Chad Schofield 4 52kg 108
12 x1449729x3 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Craig Newitt 11 52kg 106
13 x22833005x SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 12 52kg 95
14 12x2316x14 BOOKER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ben Thompson (a) 3 50kg 102
15 10x21330x6 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 9 50kg 102

2018 Newmarket Handicap Nominations

The 2018 Newmarket Handicap nominations will be published here.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x6025x7542 BIG MONEY G 7 Rodney Northam 102
2 x1311x47x3 CHAUTAUQUA G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 116
3 217x2602x8 COUNTERATTACK H 4 Chris Waller 102
4 62x600x211 DAL CIELO (NZ) G 4 Kris Lees 93
5 11x477x25 EL DIVINO C 3 Darren Weir 89
6 1118x15x EXTREME CHOICE C 3 Mick Price 110
7 15x16225x7 FAATINAH G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 101
8 42156x323x FELL SWOOP G 5 Matthew Dale 108
9 1100x98x44 FLAMBERGE G 7 Darren Weir 112
10 2x123x11x7 FLYING ARTIE C 3 Mick Price 110
11 6x1x14x32 GUARD OF HONOUR C 3 Kris Lees 79
12 0x10113x34 HELLBENT H 4 Darren Weir 97
13 0x11134x31 HEY DOC G 3 Tony McEvoy 100
14 1x154231x2 I AM A STAR (NZ) F 3 Shane Nichols 105
15 121x1212x5 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD G 5 Peter Gelagotis 105
16 0834260335 INSPECTOR G 6 Peter White 85
17 1L0x55402x MISS PROMISCUITY M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 99
18 9x1x66735x MISSROCK F 3 Robbie Laing 81
19 x21x531x56 PEACOCK C 3 John O’Shea 75
20 5120x5x21x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 100
21 27x421152x SHEIDEL M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
22 x0111x12x2 SPIETH (NZ) H 4 Bryce Heys
23 256x1213x3 STAR TURN C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
24 1536x143x1 SUPER CASH M 4 Andrew Noblet 103
25 1x11x113x9 SUPIDO H 5 Michael Kent 100
26 242x256Px1 TARGET IN SIGHT G 7 Joseph Pride 105
27 3x296x20x1 TERRAVISTA G 7 Joseph Pride
28 61539x146x THE QUARTERBACK G 6 Robbie Griffiths 110
29 61x26330x1 TIVACI H 4 Michael Moroney 105
30 13 VILLA ROSA F 3 Ciaron Maher 63
31 212311210x VOODOO LAD G 5 Darren Weir 107

Newmarket Handicap Winners & Results

The Newmarket Handicap has been host to a number of high quality sprinters, including Black Caviar who won her 10th race in a row at the 2011 Newmarket Handicap. The table below shows the winners and results since the year 2000 for the Newmarket Handicap.

2018
Year Results Winning Time
1 Redkirk Warrior 2 Brave Smash 3 Merchant Navy  1:08.3
2017 1 Redkirk Warrior 2 Voodoo Lad 3 Star Turn  1:09.0
2016 1 The Quarterback 2 Black Heart Bart 3 Chautauqua  1:09.2
2015 1 Brazen Beau 2 Chautauqua 3 Terravista  1:09.2
2014 1 Lankan Rupee 2 Spirit Of Boom 3 Knoydart  1:09.3
2013 1 Shamexpress 2 Moment Of Change 3 Aeronautical  1:08.2
2012 1 Haylist 2 Buffering 3 Foxwedge  1:18.7
2011 1 Black Caviar 2 Crystal Lily 3 Beaded  1:07.3
2010 1 Wanted 2 Eagle Falls 3 Starspangledbanner  1:10.1
2009 1 Scenic Blast 2 Swiss Ace 3 Aichi  1:08.7
2008 1 Weekend Hussler 2 Magnus 3 Grand Duels  1:08.9
2007 1 Miss Andretti 2 Gold Edition 3 Undue  1:07.7
2006 1 Takeover Target 2 Snitzel 3 Stratum  1:08.3
2005 1 Alinghi 2 Fastnet Rock 3 Foreplay  1:08.1
2004 1 Exceed And Excel 2 Titanic Jack 3 Regimental Gal  1:08.7
2003 1 Belle Du Jour 2 Bel Espirit 3 Super Impressive  1:08.6
2002 1 Rubitano 2 North Boy 3 Mistegic  1:09.0
2001 1 Toledo 2 Show A Heart 3 Mannington  1:08.6
2000 1 Miss Pennymoney 2 Black Bean 3 Falvelon  1:07.6

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