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Newmarket Handicap

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.

Newmarket Handicap info

Date: Saturday 7th March 2020
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,250,000
2020 Winner: Bivouac
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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).

2020 Newmarket Handicap result

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

then followed
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
Time: 1:09.21

Other group races on Super Saturday of Racing at Flemington include the Group 2 Kewney Stakes, Group 2 VRC Sires Produce Stakes and Group 3 Matron Stakes.

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Newmarket Handicap winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Bivouac Loving Gaby Gytrash 1:09.2
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
2015 Brazen Beau Chautauqua Terravista 1:09.2
2014 Lankan Rupee Spirit Of Boom Knoydart 1:09.2
2013 Shamexpress Moment Of Change Aeronautical 1:08.1
2012 Hay List Buffering Foxwedge 1:08.7
2011 Black Caviar Crystal Lily Beaded 1.07.3
2010 Wanted Eagle Falls Starspangledbanner 1:10.1
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
2006 Takeover Target Snitzel Stratum 1:08.3
2005 Alinghi Fastnet Rock Foreplay 1:08.1
2004 Exceed And Excel Titanic Jack Regimental Gal 1:08.7
2003 Belle Du Jour Bel Esprit Super Impressive 1:08.6
2002 Rubitano North Boy Mistegic 1:09.0
2001 Toledo Show A Heart Mannington 1:08.6
2000 Miss Pennymoney Black Bean Falvelon 1:07.6
1999 Isca Dantelah Normal Practice 1:07.8
1998 General Nediym Toledo Scandinavia 1:09.2
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
1993 Primacy Victory Dias Keda 1:08.1
1992 Schillaci Storaia Umatilla 1:09.4
1991 Shaftesbury Avenue Redelva Century God 1:11.0
1990 Gold Trump Lightning Bend Tango Master 1:08.3
1989 Grandiose Clay Hero Bowie 1:10.1
1988 Special Franklin Drive Rancho Ruler 1:11.2