Newmarket Handicap 2024

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

The Newmarket Handicap is the feature Group 1 race at Flemington Racecourse at the early March meeting during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

It was previously held at the same meeting as the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) before the Australian Cup was moved to its own feature race day later in the month ahead of the 2023 edition.

2022 Newmarket Handicap Winner Roch 'N' Horse

Upset 2022 Newmarket Handicap Winner Roch ‘N’ Horse won at 100/1. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Newmarket Handicap is an elite level sprint run down the famous Flemington straight of 1200m.

It offers $1.5 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 9, 2024 at Flemington Racecourse and was won in an emotional victory by Jamie Kah aboard the James Cummings-trained Exceed And Excel colt Cylinder ($11).

2024 Newmarket Handicap Results

The official Newmarket Handicap results 2024 and finishing order will be published below when the race runs on Saturday March 9, 2024.

2024 Newmarket Handicap winner Cylinder

2024 Newmarket Handicap winner Cylinder flashed home out wide off a terrific Jamie Kah ride to score victory as a 3YO in the Group 1 at Flemington. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #14 Cylinder 
  • 2nd: #1 Imperatriz
  • 3rd: #7 The Astrologist

Things panned out to perfection for the in-form Jamie Kah, who lost last year’s winning ride in this race on In Secret after an earlier race fall, who got onto the back of 100/1 outside and subsequent surprise third place-getter The Astrologist to flash home down the outside late aboard Cylinder ($11) with a light weight to defeat nine-time Group 1 winner and beaten favourite Imperatriz ($2.80F) in a thrilling and emotional Newmarket Handicap 2024 result.

2024 Newmarket Handicap Odds

The Newmarket Handicap 2024 betting markets will be listed below as soon as odds are out on the Group 1 Flemington sprint down the straight this autumn.

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Newmarket Handicap Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 9, 2024
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Run: 1874

Newmarket Handicap Betting

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 – 2024.

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.

There have been a number of blowout results over the years too however including the 2021 Newmarket when $20 outsider Zoutori defeated fellow roughie’s Indian Pacific ($21) and Amish Boy ($81).

The biggest upset in recent history was in 2022 when the Kiwi mare Roch ‘N’ Horse won at $101!

In 2024 three-year-old Cylinder posted 1.25 length upset at $11 Newmarket odds defeating the $2.80 favourite Imperatriz while the third placed The Astrologist went around at $101.

Newmarket Handicap Field

The Newmarket Handicap race 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 seven Newmarket Handicap winners from 2012 – 2024 including Black Caviar (2011) and Redkirk Warrior (2018) who completed the double.

Cylinder (6th in 2024) was the last Black Caviar Lightning graduate to come out and win the Newmarket Handicap.

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).

In 2023 the Newmarket Handicap winning filly In Secret came off a third in Sydney’s Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m).

In 2022 the shock 100/1 winner Roch ‘N’ Horse took out the Newmarket on the back of a lead-up Group 1 Telegraph Stakes (1200m) second across the Tasman in New Zealand.

The winner of January’s Group 3 Standish Handicap at the same track and distance in the summer earns a ballot exemption into the Newmarket Handicap field.

Newmarket Handicap nominations close the Monday of race week followed by final acceptances on the Wednesday.

2024 Newmarket Handicap Field

The official Newmarket Handicap 2024 final field and barriers will be announced by Racing Victoria on March 6, 2024 and published below.

The 2024 Newmarket Handicap field features a class line-up of autumn sprinters dominated by nine-time Group 1 winner Imperatriz coming off a win fresh in the Black Caviar Lightning here.

 Scratchings Update:

  • #4 Espiona (8) has been withdrawn and instead runs in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) in Sydney. 
  • #11 Rey Magnerio (7) has been scratched due to a minor bruised heel. 

2024 Newmarket Handicap Nominations

The official Newmarket Handicap 2024 Nominations close on Monday the 4th of March, 2024 and will be updated below once confirmed.

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.

In Secret (2023) and Cylinder (2024), both raced by Godolphin and trained by James Cummings, are the latest three-year-old Newmarket Handicap winners.

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. In 2021 the Newmarket Handicap winner Zoutori came off a lead-up seventh in the Oakleigh.

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).

Cylinder (barrier 11 in 2024) was the last Newmarket Handicap winner to jump from a wide gate.

2024 Newmarket Handicap Tips

The top Newmarket Handicap 2024 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.

  • To Win: #1 Imperatriz ($2.60 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Intriguing edition of the Newmarket Handicap with super star Kiwi mare Imperatriz given a task to keep her incredible Group 1 record going with top-weight here. Mark Walker trusts his stable ace can handle the 58kg and win this, and I think so too. Better value here than her recent odds-on quotes because of the kilos, but she is all class and just keeps performing and delivering. Two-from-two at the Flemington track and stellar strike-rate at the 1200m distance (9:7-1-1). Nine-time Group 1 winner fresh at the course first-up taking out the Black Caviar Lighting, fitter now and gets the extra 200m. Will need to dig deep giving away the advantage in the handicaps, but still too good to go past. Will win.

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.

The Newmarket Handicap 2022 form was franked with the shock $101 winner Roch ‘N’ Horse returning in the spring to win the Group 1 Champions Sprint (1200m) at the same track and distance. The third placed September Run further franked the form winning the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley next-up.

The 2023 Newmarket Handicap third placed I Wish I Win went on to frank the form next start winning Sydney’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m). He also returned for a good spring prep that included a second in the $20 million The Everest race.

Newmarket Handicap Form Facts

  • From 2008 – 2024 two races produced 14 of the Newmarket Handicap winners with the Oakleigh Plate (7 winners) and the Lightning Stakes (7 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 eight wins from 2008 – 2024 most recent In Secret (2023) and Cylinder (2024).
  • Before the shock win by 100/1 shot Roch ‘N’ Horse in 2022, 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 as did In Secret (2023).
  • Wide Newmarket Handicap barriers have produced plenty of recent winners including Cylinder (11 of 12 in 2024), 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).

2024 Newmarket Handicap Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Newmarket Handicap 2024 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 Cylinder ($11 in 2024), 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), Redkirk Warrior ($31 in 2017), Zoutori ($20 in 2021), and Roch ‘N’ Horse ($101 in 2022).

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 Cylinder (2024), Bivouac (2020), Redkirk Warrior (2017 & 2018), Brazen Beau (2015), Lankan Rupee (2014), Hay List (2012), Black Caviar (2011), and Weekend Hussler (2008).

Recent Newmarket Handicap Winners

Past Newmarket Handicap winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2024 Cylinder Imperatriz The Astrologist 1:08.83
2023 In Secret Lofty Strike I Wish I Win 1:08.2
2022 Roch ‘N’ Horse The Astrologist September Run 1:09.0
2021 Zoutori Indian Pacific Amish Boy 1:09.6
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