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 prize money of $1,250,000. The 2020 Newmarket Handicap was won by Bivouac from Loving Gaby with Gytrash 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 7th March 2020|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|Newmarket Handicap odds|
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 Group 1 Lightning Stakes and Group 1 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 Oakleigh Plate & Newmarket Handicap double winner.
Sprinters contesting this race might consider going on to tackle the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley which is the final group one race of the Melbourne autumn carnival.
Bivouac (2020) ran sixth behind Pippie in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate over 1100m at Caulfield before scoring a stunning victory in this event for the James Cummings stable.
Recent Newmarket Handicap winners include Sunlight (2019) and Redkirk Warrior (2017-2018).
1. $5.50 Bivouac 54.0 Glen Boss
2. $4.80 Loving Gaby 52.5 Craig Williams
3. $10.00 Gytrash 57.0 Ben Melham
4. $13.00 Zoutori 55.0 Damian Lane
5. $41.00 Banquo 51.0 Dean Yendall
6. $3.30 Exceedance 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
7. $26.00 Tofane 53.0 Michael Dee
8. $9.50 The Inevitable 54.5 Brett Prebble
9. $11.00 Libertini 51.0 Jye McNeil
10. $41.00 Trope 53.0 Michael Poy
11. $71.00 Despatch 54.5 Jamie Kah
Margins: 2.5 len, 1 len
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|2019||Sunlight||Osborne Bulls||Brave Smash||1:08.2|
|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|