Newmarket Handicap 2017

March 11, 2017

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.

The latest edition of the Newmarket Handicap ran on March 11, 2017.

2017 Newmarket Handicap Results

  • 1st: Redkirk Warrior
  • 2nd: Voodoo Lad
  • 3rd: Star Turn

Newmarket Handicap Race Info

  • Date: March 11, 2017
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.25 million
  • First Run: 1874

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 four Newmarket Handicap winners from 2012 – 2015 including Black Caviar (2011) 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.

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

2017 Newmarket Handicap Field

The Newmarket Handicap field 2017 and barrier draw will be published in full below as soon as released on Wednesday March 8, 2017.

On Wednesday March 8, 2017 Racing Victoria announced a 13-horse Newmarket Handicap 2017 field with weights led by last start Black Caviar Lightning winner Terravista. Flying Artie, suffering a lung infection, was the most notable omission from the Newmarket Handicap field and stablemate Extreme Choice takes his place for trainer Mick Price who won the race with Lankan Rupee (2014).

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 3x296x20x1 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Corey Brown 12 57kg 113
2 x0111x12x2 SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys Hugh Bowman 1 55.5kg 110
3 61539x146x THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths Craig Newitt 7 55kg 109
4 7x421152x1 SHEIDEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 3 54kg 111
5 212311210x VOODOO LAD Darren Weir Damian Lane 2 54kg 107
6 1118x15x3 EXTREME CHOICE Mick Price Joao Moreira 13 53kg 110
7 121x1212x5 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD Peter Gelagotis Anthony Darmanin 5 53kg 105
8 61x26330x1 TIVACI Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 6 53kg 105
9 256x1213x3 STAR TURN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Glen Boss 11 52.5kg 109
10 1536x143x1 SUPER CASH Andrew Noblet Ben Allen (a) 9 52.5kg 103
11 217x2602x8 COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller Stephen Baster 10 52.5kg 102
12 5120x5x21x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 4 52.5kg 100
13 8342603354 INSPECTOR Peter White Dean Yendall 8 52.5kg 85

2017 Newmarket Handicap First Acceptances

On Tuesday February 20, 2017 Racing Victoria received 31 Newmarket Handicap 2017 first acceptances with pre-field favourite in Newmarket Handicap betting Spieth. Other key entries including the Mick Price-trained duo of Flying Artie and Extreme Choice, while The Quarterback is still in the mix to defend his title.

2017 Newmarket Handicap Nominations

On Monday January 23, 2017 Racing Victoria took 66 Newmarket Handicap 2017 nominations including the defending champion The Quarterback, Team Hawkes’ superstar sprinter Chautauqua and the Mick Price-trained three-year-old Flying Artie who is one of our 2017 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Featured Horses.

Newmarket Handicap Odds & 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 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.

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 12 punters’ picks saluting from 2007 – 2015 the most recent of which was Hay List (2012). 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.

2017 Newmarket Handicap Odds

The Newmarket Handicap 2017 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 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 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 eight winners from 2008 – 2015.

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).

2017 Newmarket Handicap Tips

The top Newmarket Handicap 2017 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

  • In the nine years from 2008 – 2016 the only two races to produce the Newmarket Handicap winners were the Oakleigh Plate (5 winners) and the Lightning Stakes (4 winners)
  • These Group 1 autumn races make popular betting doubles when paired with the Newmarket Handicap
  • Three-year-old sprinters have a strong record in the Newmarket Handicap results with four wins from 2008 – 2016
  • 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
  • Wide Newmarket Handicap barriers have produced plenty of recent winners including Lankan Rupee (12 of 14 in 2014), Shamexpress (10 of 13 in 2013) and Hay List (14 of 22 in 2012)

Newmarket Handicap Results

While favourites have a strong record in the famous sprint upset Newmarket Handicap results often occur also including Shamexpress ($14 in 2013), Wanted ($12 in 2010) and Scenic Blast ($12 in 2009).

The longest priced Newmarket Handicap winner in the past quarter of a century was Mookta ($33 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 Brazen Beau (2015), Lankan Rupee (2014), Hay List (2012), Black Caviar (2011) and Weekend Hussler (2008).

2017 Newmarket Handicap Results

The official Newmarket Handicap results 2017 and finishing order will be published below when the race runs on March 11, 2017.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 12 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 4 52.5kg $31
2 5 VOODOO LAD Darren Weir Damian Lane 2L 2 54kg $17
3 9 STAR TURN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Glen Boss 2.1L 11 52.5kg $8.50
4 4 SHEIDEL David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 2.3L 3 54kg $8.50
5 8 TIVACI Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 2.5L 6 53kg $41
6 6 EXTREME CHOICE Mick Price Joao Moreira 2.9L 13 53kg $4F
7 13 INSPECTOR Peter White Dean Yendall 3L 8 52.5kg $301
8 10 SUPER CASH Andrew Noblet Ben Allen (a) 3.1L 9 52.5kg $17
9 2 SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys Hugh Bowman 3.3L 1 55.5kg $4.40
10 3 THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths Craig Newitt 4.05L 7 55kg $31
11 7 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD Peter Gelagotis Anthony Darmanin 5.05L 5 53kg $9
12 1 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Corey Brown 5.8L 12 57kg $16
13 11 COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller Stephen Baster 8.8L 10 52.5kg $31

Newmarket Handicap Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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