The Newcastle Cameron Handicap is a Group 3 open handicap race held on a Friday afternoon each September at Newcastle racecourse in Newcastle during the Sydney spring racing carnival in New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1500 metres and worth $160,000 in prize money. The 2020 Newcastle Cameron Handicap was won by Rock from Just Thinkin with Chief Ironside third.
Newcastle is located about 200km north of Sydney on the Hunter Coast and the two-day Newcastle Gold Cup Carnival is the Newcastle Jockey Club's feature event of the year, with four group races taking place on the first day.
|Date:||Friday 17th September 2021|
|Track:||Newcastle racecourse, Newcastle|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
The Newcastle Cameron Handicap is the feature sprint race of the year for the Newcastle Jockey Club and generally fields for this race include above average local gallopers from the region or better types may make the trip up from Sydney to try and get a group race on their resume.
The handicap conditions can often make it an open race and winners and placegetters may go on to races like the Gr3 Bill Ritchie Handicap later in the Sydney carnival.
McClintock (3rd in 2009) went on to win the Bill Ritchie Handicap at his next start while Osca Warrior (2004) claimed the Cameron Handicap & Bill Ritchie Handicap double. Britt's Best (2nd in 2003) and Juggler (3rd in 1995) both went on to run second in the Bill Ritchie Hcp.
Rock (2019) took out a CG&E BM74 race over 1300m at Randwick prior to winning this race in classy style for the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes stable at Rosehill.
Recent Cameron Handicap winners include New Tipperary (2018) and Got Unders (2017).
Newcastle race track is a flat track which has a circumference of 2000m and horses race in a clockwise direction. The track surface is turf and the straight length is 415m.
1. $5.00 Rock 55.5 Tommy Berry
2. $7.50 Just Thinkin' 54.0 Tim Clark
3. $11.00 Chief Ironside 57.0 James McDonald
4. $5.00 The Candy Man 58.0 Hugh Bowman
5. $3.00 Special Reward 58.5 Nash Rawiller
6. $11.00 Quackerjack 58.0 Joshua Parr
7. $31.00 Mccormack 54.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
8. $41.00 Royal Tudor 54.0 Ms Rachel King
9. $201.00 Interlocuter 54.0 Ms Louise Day
10. $17.00 Miss Fabulass 54.5 Glen Boss
11. $201.00 Ondo Pasa 54.0 Grant Buckley
Margins: 3.68 len, 0.09 len
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|2020||Rock||Just Thinkin||Chief Ironside||1:29.4|
|2018||New Tipperary||Red Excitement||Best Of Days||1:29.8|
|2017||Got Unders||Sound Proposition||Spectroscope||1:29.5|
|2016||Chetwood||Le Romain||Famous Seamus||1:18.3|
|2015||Forget||Malice||Wouldnt It Be Nice||1:29.6|
|2014||Hooked||Rugged Cross||Mighty Lucky||1:32.2|
|2013||Toydini||High Esteem||Scream Machine||1:29.1|
|2010||Kenny's World||Prince Braeman||Chasm||1:15.3|
|2007||Race not held||Equine Flu|
|2006||Court's In Session||Malcolm||Mac's Tune||1:22.2|
|2005||Collate||Mr Celebrity||Cincinatti Gal||1:23.2|
|2001||Kingsgate||Lord Essex||Maitland Gold||1:17.3|
|1997||Crows Before Dawn||Ripper||Masked Party||1:25.0|
|1994||Social Rule||Khaptingly||Mightly Tango||1:22.0|
|1992||Brihuego||Mark Time||Generous Prince||1:24.3|
|1991||Quick Score||Be Able||Burrendah Boy||1:23.7|
|1990||Cheval Cavalier||Livistona Lane||Sioux Chief||1:23.5|
|1989||Don't Play||Groucho||Prince Trialia||1:23.3|
|1988||Windsor's Pal||Haida Prince||Bold Sea||1:23.7|
|1987||Full Page||True Reason||Haida Prince||1:22.7|
|1986||Sound Of Bells||Dance Hall Girl||Amber Man||1:24.1|
|1985||Regal Value||Riverdale||Satin Sand||1:22.9|
|1983||Tandrio||Silver Tradition||Trench Digger||1:17.4|
|1982||Manuan||Razor Sharp||Tuna Too||1:17.7|
|1981||Paradise Plumes||Irish Flyer||High Classic||1:18.0|
|1980||Captain Cadet||Clubs Are Trumps||Eye Of The Wind||1:17.4|
The Cameron Handicap was run over 1500m for the 2011/2012 season after previously being run over 1300m until the 2009/2010 season and 1400m for the 2010/2011 season.