The Newmarket Handicap is the premier sprint race in Australia and is run over 1200 metres. The race is held in March or February each year at Flemington.
- Race Type: Group 1 Handicap
- Distance: 1,200 metres
- Track: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday 11 March 2017
The first Newmarket Handicap was run in 1874 and was won by a horse named Maid of Avenel. The race is for three year olds and up, and is the undisputed top sprint race in Australia, carrying prizemoney of $1,250,000. It is such a tough race that only four horses have won the race in consecutive years during its long year history – Razor Sharp (1982/1983), Correct (1960/1961), Gothic (1927/1928) and Aspen (1880/1881).
Newmarket Handicap Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for early markets for this years Newmarket Handicap.‘Odds not currently available’
Newmarket Handicap Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Fine
Thirteen runners have accepted for the $1,250,000 Lexus Newmarket Handicap. The early favourite is Spieth who was a close 2nd in the Lightning Stakes when resuming, and generally improves second-up. Second favourite is three-year-old Extreme Choice who charged home out wide when resuming for 3rd in the Oakleigh Plate. Third in the market is three-year-old colt Star Turn who was a close 3rd in the Lightning when resuming.
Illustrious Lad was 0.8 lengths 5th in the Lightning after trying to buck early. Sheidel was a strong winner of the Oakleigh Plate and has a great record at this distance. Terrravista is the oldest horse in the field and was 3rd in this race in 2015 – his win in the Lightning last start looked a great lead-up for this. Super Cash was a strong winner first-up in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes and has some place claims. The other 6 runners are all currently 20 to 1 or longer, including The Quarterback who won this race last year.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|2 Spieth||2 Spieth||9 Star Turn|
|7 Illustrious Lad||1 Terravista||2 Spieth|
|1 Terravista||4 Sheidel||7 Illustrious Lad|
|4 Shiedel||9 Star Turn||1 Terravista|
Past winners of the Newmarket Handicap:
Trainer Bart Cummings won this race a record eight times, with his nearest rival being Lee Freedman with three wins. There have been some fantastic finishes in the race such as Rubitano’s win in 2002 where less than a long head separated the first six placegetters. Only two horses have won the Melbourne autumn sprint treble of the Lightning Stakes, Oakleigh Plate and the Newmarket and these were Schillaci (1992) and Placid Ark (1987).
Almost all of the great sprinters have won or been placed in this race including Wakeful (1901), Ajax (1938), Bernborough (1946), Baguette (1971), Placid Ark (1987), Special (1988), Shaftesbury Avenue (1991), Schillaci (1992), Alinghi (2005), Takeover Target (2006), Miss Andretti (2007), Weekend Hustler (2008) and Black Caviar (2011).
|2017||Redkirk Warrior||Voodoo Lad||Star Turn|
|2016||The Quarterback||Black Heart Bart||Chautauqua|
|2014||Lankan Rupee||Spirit Of Boom||Knoydart|
|2013||Shamexpress||Moment Of Change||Aeronautical|
|2011||Black Caviar||Crystal Lily||Beaded|
|2009||Scenic Blast||Swiss Ace||Aichi|
|2008||Weekend Hustler||Magnus||Grand Duels|
|2007||Miss Andretti||Gold Edition||Undue|
|2004||Exceed And Excel||Titanic Jack||Regimental Gal|
|2003||Belle Du Jour||Bel Esprit||Super Impressive|
|2001||Toledo||Show A Heart||Mannington|
|2000||Miss Pennymoney||Black Bean||Falvelon|
The race is run over the 1200 metre straight course at Flemington, with the exception of 2007 when it was held at Caulfield due to the Flemington track reconstruction. It is the only race at Flemington, apart from the Melbourne Cup, that can have 24 starters.
It is also a race where three-year-olds and older horses, fillies and mares, colts and geldings have all had their share of success. It is generally held on the second weekend in March.