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Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap

The Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap is a Group 3 open handicap race held that takes place in March each year at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and has prizemoney of $150,000. The 2018 Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap was won by Nozomi from Violate with Cool Chap third.

Held on the first day of the two-day VRC autumn carnival at Flemington in early March, the Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2013/2014 racing season and is held on the same day as the Group 1 Australian Guineas.

Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap info

Date: Saturday 3rd March 2018
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $150,000
2018 Winner: Nozomi

The Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap is raced under handicap conditions over 1400 and generally attracts above average types who tend to run around in similar type races during the autumn carnival.

The race is named after star galloper Shaftesbury Avenue, who scored 13 victories in 28 starts, including multiple Group 1 wins and a Japan Cup third placing, and he is fondly remembered for his great battles with the mighty Super Impose.

Any horses competing in this race might continue on to a race like the Gr3 Victoria Handicap over the same distance at Caulfield in April as it is raced under the same conditions.

Nozomi (2018) resumed from a spell to win this event in great style and recent Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap winners include He Or She (2017) and Red Bomber (2016).

2018 Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap result

1. $20.00 Nozomi 54.0 Jye McNeil
2. $8.00 Violate 54.0 Michael Walker
3. $14.00 Cool Chap 55.0 Damian Lane

then followed
4. $17.00 Amovatio 58.0 Damien Oliver
5. $2.50 Poetic Dream 56.5 Regan Bayliss
6. $5.00 Odeon 56.5 Chris Symons
7. $71.00 Kenjorwood 56.0 Dean Yendall
8. $41.00 Lizard Island 54.0 Ryan Maloney
9. $4.80 Tshahitsi 60.0 Brendon McCoull
10. $61.00 Magnapal 54.0 Ms Nikita Beriman

Margins: 0.2 len, 0.3 len
Time: 1:22.97

The Gr3 Frances Tressady Stakes also takes place on Australian Guineas day.

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Shaftesbury Avenue Hcp winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Nozomi Violate Cool Chap 1:22.9
2017 He Or She Hooked Zebrinz 1:21.2
2016 Red Bomber Burning Front Puccini 1:22.7
2015 Amorino Aeronautical Gracious Prospect 1:22.0
2014 Mouro Mourinho Fat Al 1:23.0
2013 Launay British General Callanish 1:21.8
2012 Rockpecker Playwright Happy Trails 1:22.0
2011 Launay Orbit Express Danzylum 1:22.1