Newmarket Handicap 2020

Saturday March 8, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Black Caviar Lighting is the best lead-up race into the Newmarket Handicap

The Newmarket Handicap is one of two Group 1 feature races on the ‘Super Saturday’ race card at Flemington Racecourse in March during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. Held at the same meeting as the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m), the Newmarket Handicap is an elite level sprint run down the famous Flemington straight of 1200m.

It offers $1.25 million in prize money and as the name suggests is contested under handicap conditions. Many of the season’s top sprinters come into the Newmarket Handicap via the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes held at the same track over 200m shorter the month before, with former champion sprinter Black Caviar (2011) the last to do the double before the historical win by Redkirk Warrior (2018) who also saluted in the Newmarket Handicap results in 2017.

The latest edition of the Newmarket Handicap ran on Saturday March 8, 2020 and was won by the Godolphin-raced three-year-old Bivouac. 

Newmarket Handicap Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 8, 2020
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.25 million
  • First Run: 1874

2020 Newmarket Handicap Results

The official Newmarket Handicap results 2020 and finishing order will be published below when the race runs on Saturday March 8, 2020.

  • 1st: #5 Bivouac
  • 2nd: #11 Loving Gaby
  • 3rd: #1 Gytrash

Godolphin-raced Bivouac celebrated his second career Group 1 win second-up at Flemington with a powerhouse 2.5 length victory to dominate the 2020 Newmarket Handicap results on way to the TJ Smith Stakes in Sydney.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 5 BIVOUAC James Cummings Glen Boss 6 54kg $5.50
2 11 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 2.5L 3 52.5kg $4.80
3 1 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Ben Melham 3.5L 1 57kg $10
4 2 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 3.7L 7 55kg $13
5 12 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Dean Yendall 4L 2 51kg $41
6 6 EXCEEDANCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 4.75L 9 54kg $3.30F
7 9 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 4.85L 8 53kg $26
8 4 THE INEVITABLE Scott Brunton Brett Prebble 5.85L 11 54.5kg $9.50
9 13 LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Jye McNeil 9.85L 10 51kg $11
10 10 TROPE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Poy (a) 11.1L 4 53kg $41
11 3 DESPATCH Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jamie Kah 11.6L 5 54.5kg $71
7 HALVORSEN Robbie Griffiths Andrew Mallyon 0
8 MYSTYKO (NZ) Trevor Rogers Dean Holland 0

Newmarket Handicap Betting

Newmarket Handicap odds were over $20 on the 2016 winner The Quarterback

2016 Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback scored an upset at odds of 20/1. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Newmarket Handicap is one of the first autumn feature races where futures betting is available and there is often great value to be had in these pre-field Newmarket Handicap betting markets.

With nominations for the sprint out over a month before race day the early Newmarket Handicap odds provide punters with the chance to lock in their all-in selections on the classic before final acceptances are out.

Favourites in Newmarket Handicap betting have an impressive record in the race with six of the punters’ picks saluting from 2007 – 2020.

Top class sprinters with proven Group 1 winning form usually dominate the Newmarket Handicap odds as do those coming out of the Black Caviar Lighting Stakes and Oakleigh Plate. Bivouac (6th) was the last Newmarket Handicap winner out of the Oakleigh Plate.

2020 Newmarket Handicap Odds

The Newmarket Handicap 2020 betting markets will be listed below as soon as odds are out on the Group 1 Flemington sprint down the straight this autumn.


Newmarket Handicap Field

The Newmarket Handicap field attracts the autumn’s best sprinters and usually attracts a high number of final acceptances. The line-up for the Newmarket Handicap is often a similar field to that of the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) run at Flemington in February.

The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is the most popular lead-up into the Super Saturday Group 1 providing six Newmarket Handicap winners from 2012 – 2020 including Black Caviar (2011) and Redkirk Warrior (2018) who completed the double.

The other race producing the most Newmarket Handicap winners is the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield a fortnight before, a double last completed by Lankan Rupee (2014).

Newmarket Handicap First acceptances are then taken in late February before the final Newmarket Handicap field is released on the Tuesday before the race.

2020 Newmarket Handicap Field

The official Newmarket Handicap 2020 final field and barriers will be announced by Racing Victoria on March 4, 2020 and published below.

Thirteen sprinters do battle down the famous ‘Straight Six’ track at HQ on Saturday in the 2020 Newmarket Handicap field including the Coolmore Stud Stakes quinella from the spring as the winner Exceedance resumes to take on a fitter Bivouac in what should be a great edition of the classic.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 113011x2x1 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Ben Melham 2 57kg 111
2 100x1336x2 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 8 55kg 107
3 110x4509x6 DESPATCH Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jamie Kah 6 54.5kg 106
4 1118x1110x THE INEVITABLE Scott Brunton Brett Prebble 13 54.5kg 106
5 1x121162x6 BIVOUAC James Cummings Glen Boss 7 54kg 110
6 13x1331x EXCEEDANCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 11 54kg 110
7 41259×1117 HALVORSEN Robbie Griffiths Andrew Mallyon 9 53kg 97
8 918×923320 MYSTYKO (NZ) Trevor Rogers Dean Holland 1 53kg 93
9 52x41011x7 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 10 53kg 103
10 1272x229x0 TROPE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Poy (a) 5 53kg 98
11 422x1212x3 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 4 52.5kg 111
12 75x2114x32 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Dean Yendall 3 51kg 78
13 211x1133x4 LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Jye McNeil 12 51kg 100

Newmarket Handicap Weights

There are only 28 Newmarket Handicap 2020 horses left in the mix with weights now out on the ‘Super Saturday’ feature. With 56kg the shock Black Caviar Lightning champ Gytrash is topweight for the Newmarket.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 422x1212x3 LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1 51.5kg 111
2 113011x2x1 GYTRASH H 4 Gordon Richards 2 56kg 111
3 1x121162x6 BIVOUAC C 3 James Cummings 3 53kg 110
4 13x1331x EXCEEDANCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 4 53kg 110
5 100x1336x2 ZOUTORI G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 5 54kg 107
6 x11x12714x DEPRIVE G 5 James Cummings 6 54kg 107
7 1118x1110x THE INEVITABLE G 4 Scott Brunton 7 53.5kg 106
8 110x4509x6 DESPATCH G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 8 53.5kg 106
9 68105x77x5 I AM EXCITED M 5 David Pfieffer 9 52kg 106
10 1121x3x613 MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 10 50.5kg 105
11 52x41011x7 TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 11 52kg 103
12 634x02151x SOOTHING M 5 James Cummings 12 52kg 103
13 320x1487x0 FAATINAH G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 13 52kg 103
14 13x4274x24 LYRE F 3 Anthony Freedman 14 50kg 102
15 25x2255x49 BONS AWAY G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 15 52kg 102
16 2x51123x63 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 16 52kg 101
17 211x1133x4 LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings 17 50kg 100
18 466x116x50 HUMMA HUMMA M 4 John McArdle 18 52kg 98
19 1272x229x0 TROPE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19 52kg 98
20 41259×1117 HALVORSEN G 4 Robbie Griffiths 20 52kg 97
21 0x180x1334 ALL TOO ROYAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 21 52kg 97
22 1125x5x612 VEGADAZE G 4 Anthony Cummings 22 52kg 94
23 8x21322x10 GOD OF THUNDER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 23 52kg 94
24 918×923320 MYSTYKO (NZ) G 6 Trevor Rogers 24 52kg 93
25 117x7x2 I AM IMMORTAL C 3 Anthony Freedman 25 50kg 89
26 1130×20 FREE OF DEBT C 3 Chris Bieg 26 50kg 84
27 4x1333x67 GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman 27 50kg 81
28 75x2114x32 BANQUO C 3 Danny O’Brien 28 50kg 78

Newmarket Handicap First Acceptances

The Newmarket Handicap 2020 first acceptances close on February 18, 2020 at midday and will narrow down the list of autumn sprinters targeting the $1.25 million straight six feature on Super Saturday.2020.

The 2020 Newmarket Handicap first acceptances feature 31 sprinters dominated by the flying three-year-olds this season including CF Orr winner Alabama Express, Bivouac who resumes in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate on Blue Diamond Day, Team Hawkes’ Coolmore Stud Stakes champion Exceedance and the gun filly Loving Gaby.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 22x51123x6 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 101
2 1x2517x11 ALABAMA EXPRESS C 3 Michael Moroney 110
3 10x180x133 ALL TOO ROYAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 95
4 75x2114x32 BANQUO C 3 Danny O’Brien 78
5 41x121162x BIVOUAC C 3 James Cummings 110
6 025x2255x4 BONS AWAY G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
7 x11x12714x DEPRIVE G 5 James Cummings 107
8 110x4509x6 DESPATCH G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 106
9 13x1331x EXCEEDANCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 110
10 1320x1487x FAATINAH G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 104
11 1130×2 FREE OF DEBT C 3 Chris Bieg 88
12 18x21322x1 GOD OF THUNDER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 88
13 4x1333x6 GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman 81
14 113011x2x1 GYTRASH H 4 Gordon Richards 97
15 41259x111x HALVORSEN G 4 Robbie Griffiths 97
16 x7x58x3129 HEY DOC G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 113
17 1466x116x5 HUMMA HUMMA M 4 John McArdle 99
18 68105x77x5 I AM EXCITED M 5 David Pfieffer 106
19 117x7x2 I AM IMMORTAL C 3 Anthony Freedman 89
20 211x1133x4 LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings 98
21 422x1212x3 LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 110
22 113x4274x2 LYRE F 3 Anthony Freedman 100
23 21121x3x61 MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 105
24 918x92332x MYSTYKO (NZ) G 6 Trevor Rogers 93
25 014x4141x4 NATURE STRIP G 5 Chris Waller 116
26 634x02151x SOOTHING M 5 James Cummings 104
27 1118x1110x THE INEVITABLE G 4 Scott Brunton 107
28 52x41011x7 TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 103
29 1272x229x TROPE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 98
30 11125x5x61 VEGADAZE G 4 Anthony Cummings
31 1100x1336x ZOUTORI G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 105

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2020 Newmarket Handicap Nominations

The official Newmarket Handicap 2020 Nominations are taken in late January and often attract over 50 sprinters.

Sixty sprinters make up the 2020 Newmarket Handicap nominations including Manikato Stakes winner Loving Gaby who is the best fancied of the fillies to go back-to-back after the success of Sunlight (2019) and Flemington track specialist Nature Strip.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 122x51123x AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 101
2 1x2517x1 ALABAMA EXPRESS C 3 Michael Moroney 81
3 236x53x214 ALBURQ G 3 Michael Moroney 73
4 110x180x13 ALL TOO ROYAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 95
5 461x93513x ANAHEED F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 102
6 75x2114x3 BANQUO C 3 Danny O’Brien 73
7 41x121162x BIVOUAC C 3 James Cummings
8 4025x2255x BONS AWAY G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
9 32x BORN A WARRIOR C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
10 152x113x CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 82
11 x2218x216x COSMIC FORCE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 95
12 x11x12714x DEPRIVE G 5 James Cummings 107
13 1110x4509x DESPATCH G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 106
14 13x1331x EXCEEDANCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
15 1320x1487x FAATINAH G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 104
16 1130x FREE OF DEBT C 3 Chris Bieg 78
17 44x601232x GLENALL G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
18 x18x21322x GOD OF THUNDER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 88
19 x113011x2x GYTRASH G 4 Gordon Richards 97
20 41259x111x HALVORSEN G 4 Robbie Griffiths 97
21 139832316x HAUNTED G 5 James Cummings 98
22 300x38231x HAWKER HURRICANE G 3 Michael Moroney 79
23 1x7x58x31x HEY DOC G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 113
24 41466x116x HUMMA HUMMA M 4 John McArdle 99
25 368105x77x I AM EXCITED M 5 David Pfieffer 106
26 117x7x I AM IMMORTAL C 3 Anthony Freedman 79
27 211x1133x LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings 98
28 6422x1212x LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 110
29 1113x4274x LYRE F 3 Anthony Freedman 100
30 0022×41011 MADAM ROUGE M 4 Chris Waller
31 2x148x MAKING WHOOPEE M 4 Anthony Cummings
32 221424347x MALIBU STYLE G 8 Neville Parnham
33 1x7158250x MANUEL G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 109
34 121121x3x MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 105
35 238x23x212 MONTENEGRO MAN G 4 Mark Kavanagh 73
36 918x92332x MYSTYKO (NZ) G 6 Trevor Rogers 93
37 x31510x41x NATIVE SOLDIER H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
38 1014x4141x NATURE STRIP G 5 Chris Waller
39 111x24214x PARSIFAL (NZ) G 5 Will Clarken 96
40 127x11102x PIPPIE M 4 John & Chris Meagher 97
41 x2862x138x REDZEL G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden
42 1x153x493x ROCK MAGIC G 10 Chris Gangemi
43 3x11x6515x SAMIZDAT G 4 Chris Gangemi
44 0x53x1215x SCALES OF JUSTICE G 7 Lindsey Smith 113
45 4x038x111x SISSTAR F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 83
46 634x02151x SOOTHING M 5 James Cummings 104
47 196x21930x SPANISH WHISPER M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
48 x1111x56x2 SPECIAL REWARD G 4 Kris Lees
49 28218x500x STRASBOURG C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 79
50 2x21x3x SUN CITY C 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 76
51 650x05120x TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 6 Kris Lees
52 1118x1110x THE INEVITABLE G 4 Scott Brunton
53 11x4165x4 TIME TO REIGN C 3 Gary Portelli 94
54 152x41011x TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 103
55 x6x0446x1x TONY NICCONI G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 84
56 1272x229x TROPE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 99
57 11125x5x VEGADAZE G 4 Anthony Cummings
58 x1132x231x WILD PLANET G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 86
59 11x17x221x YES YES YES C 3 Chris Waller
60 1100x1336x ZOUTORI G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 104

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Newmarket Handicap Tips

Newmarket Handicap tips are often dominated by the season’s top three-year-old sprinter with the youngsters boasting a good record over the older horses in this race. Six of the 12 Newmarket Handicap winners from 2004 – 2015 were three-year-olds including the Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau (2015). The three-year-olds were back on top in 2019 with the win by the gun filly Sunlight and 2020 with Bivouac.

The best runners out of the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes and Oakleigh Plate are also top Newmarket Handicap tips with those two lead-up Melbourne sprints producing all nine winners from 2008 – 2016 before Redkirk Warrior made history in 2017 winning first-up for the first time in 100 years. Redkirk Warrior returned to defend his title in 2018 on the back of a Lightning Stakes lead-up win, before Sunlight improved on a Black Caviar Lightning third to win the 2019 Newmarket Handicap. Bivouac won the 2020 Newmarket off an unplaced Oakleigh Plate run, while that year’s Black Caviar Lightning winner Gytrash ran third.

A wide barrier doesn’t prevent a class sprinter from making a good Newmarket Handicap tip either with three of the four winners from 2012 – 2015 jumping from double digits including Lankan Rupee (12 in 2014).

2020 Newmarket Handicap Tips

The top Newmarket Handicap 2020 betting tips and exotic Flemington race selections will be available below from the Ladbrokes’ tipsters the week of the race so stay tuned for the sprinters to get behind in the straight track Group 1 this autumn.

Newmarket Handicap Form Guide

Looking at all the information provided in the Newmarket Handicap form guide is a great way to narrow down the winning chances of the top sprinters in the field.

Things to look for in the form include last start winners and runners-up in the Lightning Stakes and Oakleigh Plate, horses with proven straight track form and previous Group 1 winners.

The Newmarket Handicap form guide also shows the jockeys, trainers and barriers of all runners and the most successful gate in the past 30 years is barrier 7; although down the Flemington straight barriers are of less importance than good lead-up runs.

Newmarket Handicap Form Facts

  • From 2008 – 2020 two races produced 12 of the Newmarket Handicap winners with the Oakleigh Plate (6 winners) and the Lightning Stakes (6 winners)
  • Redkirk Warrior (2017) became the first Newmarket Handicap winner to take out the race first-up in 100 years
  • Redkirk Warrior (2018) became the first back-to-back Newmarket Handicap winner since Razor Sharp (1982-83)
  • Three-year-old sprinters have a strong record in the Newmarket Handicap results with six wins from 2008 – 2020
  • Black Caviar (2011) was the last mare to win the Newmarket Handicap so colts, geldings & stallions make a better Group 1 bet in the race; Sunlight (2019) also beat the boys as a three-year-old filly
  • Wide Newmarket Handicap barriers have produced plenty of recent winners including Redkirk Warrior (15 of 15 in 2018), Lankan Rupee (12 of 14 in 2014), Shamexpress (10 of 13 in 2013) and Hay List (14 of 22 in 2012)

2020 Newmarket Handicap Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Newmarket Handicap 2020 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

Newmarket Handicap Results

While favourites have a strong record in the famous sprint upset Newmarket Handicap results often occur also including Shamexpress ($15 in 2013), Wanted ($13 in 2010) and Scenic Blast ($13 in 2009). More recently there have been a number of really notable blow-out Newmarket Handicap winners including The Quarterback ($21 in 2016) and Redkirk Warrior ($31 in 2017).

The longest priced Newmarket Handicap winner in the past quarter of a century was Mookta ($34 in 1994).

The Newmarket Handicap results also show the full finishing order of the entire field, winning times, margins, jockeys and trainers.

Notable recent Newmarket Handicap winners include Bivouac (2020), Redkirk Warrior (2017 & 2018), Brazen Beau (2015), Lankan Rupee (2014), Hay List (2012), Black Caviar (2011) and Weekend Hussler (2008).

Newmarket Handicap Winners

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