The Newmarket Handicap is a Group 1 Open Handicap race held annually each March at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and has prizemoney of $1,250,000. The 2018 Newmarket Handicap was won by Redkirk Warrior from Brave Smash with Merchant Navy third.
Held on the Victoria Racing Club's major race day of the autumn, Super Saturday of Racing at Flemington, the Newmarket Handicap takes place alongside the Group 1 Australian Cup.
|Date:||Saturday 9th March 2019|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Redkirk Warrior|
The Newmarket Handicap is the premier handicap sprint event held at Flemington during the autumn racing carnival and is run down the 1200m straight course. The race always attracts high quality gallopers and has been taken out by many of our finest sprinters over the years.
Top class gallopers such as Black Caviar (2011), Miss Andretti (2007), Takeover Target (2006), Alinghi (2005), General Nediym (1998), Schillaci (1992) and Special (1998) have all taken out the Newmarket Handicap in recent times.
The Flemington 'Straight Six' 1200m course is a straight track with no turns involved and suits some horses more than others. Horses with proven records at the course & distance are ones to look for when doing the form for this race.
The Gr1 Lightning Stakes and Gr1 Oakleigh Plate are very good lead up races to the Newmarket Handicap. Lindsay Park sprinter Redkirk Warrior (2018) is the last galloper to claim the Lighting Stakes and & Newmarket Handicap double, while Lankan Rupee (2014) is the most recent winner of the Oakleigh Plate & Newmarket Handicap double.
Sprinters contesting this race might consider going on to tackle the Gr1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley which is the final group one race of the Melbourne autumn carnival.
Redkirk Warrior (2017-2018) took out the Lightning Stakes over 1000m at Flemington before scoring a brilliant victory in this event as topweight and recent Newmarket Handicap winners include The Quarterback (2016) and Brazen Beau (2015).
1. $7.00 Redkirk Warrior 57.5 Regan Bayliss
2. $9.00 Brave Smash 56.5 Craig Williams
3. $6.50 Merchant Navy 52.0 Chad Schofield
4. $13.00 Rock Magic 53.0 Damian Lane
5. $15.00 Supido 52.5 Beau Mertens
6. $8.00 Rich Charm 52.5 Patrick Moloney
=7. $7.00 Booker 50.0 Ben Thompson
=7. $21.00 Missrock 52.0 Craig Newitt
9. $19.00 Ken's Dream 52.0 Dean Yendall
10. $61.00 Lucky Liberty 52.0 Chris Parnham
11. $14.00 Catchy 50.0 Cory Parish
12. $12.00 Thronum 52.5 Michael Dee
13. $26.00 So Si Bon 52.5 Mr Michael Walker
14. $81.00 Lord Of The Sky 52.5 Ms Kathy O'Hara
15. $41.00 Fastnet Tempest 52.0 Ben Allen
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.2 len
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|2018||Redkirk Warrior||Brave Smash||Merchant Navy||1:08.3|
|2017||Redkirk Warrior||Voodoo Lad||Star Turn||1:09.0|
|2016||The Quarterback||Black Heart Bart||Chautauqua||1:09.2|
|2014||Lankan Rupee||Spirit Of Boom||Knoydart||1:09.2|
|2013||Shamexpress||Moment Of Change||Aeronautical||1:08.1|
|2011||Black Caviar||Crystal Lily||Beaded||1.07.3|
|2009||Scenic Blast||Swiss Ace||Aichi||1:08.7|
|2008||Weekend Hustler||Magnus||Grand Duels||1:09.0|
|2007||Miss Andretti||Gold Edition||Undue||1:07.7|
|2004||Exceed And Excel||Titanic Jack||Regimental Gal||1:08.7|
|2003||Belle Du Jour||Bel Esprit||Super Impressive||1:08.6|
|2001||Toledo||Show A Heart||Mannington||1:08.6|
|2000||Miss Pennymoney||Black Bean||Falvelon||1:07.6|
|1997||Ruffles||Catalan Opening||All Our Mob||1:08.9|
|1996||Brawny Spirit||Sequalo||Royal Discard||1:07.7|
|1995||All Our Mob||Hareeba||Moss Rocket||1:08.2|
|1994||Mookta||Gatana||Let Him Ride||1:10.2|
|1991||Shaftesbury Avenue||Redelva||Century God||1:11.0|
|1990||Gold Trump||Lightning Bend||Tango Master||1:08.3|
|1988||Special||Franklin Drive||Rancho Ruler||1:11.2|