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 runs on Saturday March 8, 2020.

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: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

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 – 2019.

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.

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 – 2019 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. 

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

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

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. 

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. 

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 – 2019 two races produced 11 of the Newmarket Handicap winners with the Oakleigh Plate (5 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 five wins from 2008 – 2019
  • 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 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
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