See the 2021 Newmarket Handicap Preview and Results.
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 five horses have won the race in consecutive years during its long year history – Redkirk Warrior (2017/2018) Razor Sharp (1982/1983), Correct (1960/1961), Gothic (1927/1928) and Aspen (1880/1881).
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.