Newmarket Handicap 2018

Saturday March 10, 2018

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 10, 2018 .

2018 Newmarket Handicap Results

  • 1st: #1 Redkirk Warrior
  • 2nd: #2 Brave Smash
  • 3rd: #11 Merchant Navy

Newmarket Handicap Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 10, 2018
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.25 million
  • First Run: 1874

2018 Newmarket Handicap Results

The official Newmarket Handicap results 2018 and finishing order will be published below when the race runs on Saturday March 10, 2018 .

The 2018 Newmarket Handicap Results saw the Lindsay Park-trained Redkirk Warrior make history as the first back-to-back winner of the race since Razor Sharp (1982-83).

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 1 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 15 57.5kg $7
2 2 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 0.1L 2 56.5kg $9
3 11 MERCHANT NAVY Aaron Purcell Chad Schofield 0.3L 4 52kg $6.50F
4 5 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Damian Lane 0.8L 6 52.5kg (cd 53kg) $13
5 6 SUPIDO Michael Kent Beau Mertens 1.1L 14 52.5kg $15
6 4 RICH CHARM Udyta Clarke Patrick Moloney 2.85L 5 52.5kg $8
7 14 BOOKER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ben Thompson 2.95L 3 50kg $7
7 12 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Craig Newitt 2.95L 11 52kg $21
9 9 KEN’S DREAM Darren Weir Dean Yendall 3.15L 8 52kg $19
10 10 LUCKY LIBERTY Henry Dwyer Chris Parnham 4.15L 13 52kg $61
11 15 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 4.55L 9 50kg $14
12 7 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 5.55L 7 52.5kg $12
13 13 SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 7.3L 12 52kg (cd 52.5kg) $26
14 3 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Ms Kathy O’Hara 8.05L 1 52.5kg $81
15 8 FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Allen (a) 12.05L 10 52kg $41

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 13 punters’ picks saluting from 2007 – 2018 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.

2018 Newmarket Handicap Odds

The Newmarket Handicap 2018 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 five Newmarket Handicap winners from 2012 – 2018 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.

2018 Newmarket Handicap Field

The Newmarket Handicap field 2018 and barrier draw will be published in full below as soon as released on Tuesday March 6, 2018.

The official 2018 Newmarket Handicap Final Field attracted 15 star sprinters and the early favourite Redkirk Warrior, coming off a lead-up win in the Black Caviar Lightning, has work to do from the outside barrier. The Lindsay Park stable dominate the Newmarket Handicap field also saddling-up four other runners including last year’s Blue Diamond Stakes winning filly Catchy from barrier nine. she joins Booker in gate three as the two fillies in the mix looking to be the first of their kind since Alinghi (2005) to salute.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x105x100x1 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 15 57.5kg 114
2 4x2123x531 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 56.5kg 112
3 15x66x1650 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 52.5kg 104
4 4111x411x4 RICH CHARM Udyta Clarke Patrick Moloney 5 52.5kg 104
5 11x43765x5 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Damian Lane 6 52.5kg 104
6 3x930x15x4 SUPIDO Michael Kent Beau Mertens 14 52.5kg 104
7 1306x13x14 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 7 52.5kg 104
8 311900821x FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Allen (a) 10 52kg 98
9 75537×5141 KEN’S DREAM Darren Weir Dean Yendall 8 52kg 95
10 1351x30x32 LUCKY LIBERTY Henry Dwyer Chris Parnham 13 52kg 90
11 111x101x3 MERCHANT NAVY Aaron Purcell Chad Schofield 4 52kg 108
12 x1449729x3 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Craig Newitt 11 52kg 106
13 x22833005x SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 12 52kg 95
14 12x2316x14 BOOKER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ben Thompson (a) 3 50kg 102
15 10x21330x6 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 9 50kg 102

2018 Newmarket Handicap First Acceptances

The official Newmarket Handicap 2018 first acceptances close on February 20, 2018 at midday and will narrow down the list of autumn sprinters targeting the $1.25 million straight six feature on Super Saturday.

The 2018 Newmarket Handicap First Acceptances feature 33 sprinters including a bumper 10 for last year’s winning stable, Lindsay Park’s contingent led by the reigning champion Redkirk Warrior and last autumn’s Blue Diamond Stakes winning filly Catchy.

2018 Newmarket Handicap Nominations

The official Newmarket Handicap 2018 Nominations are taken in late January and often attract over 50 sprinters.

The 2018 Newmarket Handicap Nominations are now out with 56 horses in the mix. Reigning champion Redkirk Warrior is back to defend his title out to go back-to-back in the race for the first time since Razor Sharp (1982-83). Triple TJ Smith Stakes winner and dual Newmarket Handicap placegetter Chautauqua, The Everest champion Redzel and Blue Diamond winning filly Catchy are also among the early entries.

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 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.

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).

2018 Newmarket Handicap Tips

The top Newmarket Handicap 2018 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.

  • 1st: #4 RICH CHARM ($7)
  • 2nd: #14 BOOKER ($8.50)
  • 3rd: #6 SUPIDO ($14)

Open race that is known for upsets, but sticking with a single-figure hope in the Cranbourne-trained RICH CHARM ($7) who won over this track / distance in a Group 2 on VRC Derby Day before returning with a close fourth in the Rubiton Stakes (1100m). Relish the return to his pet distance (10:6-2-1) and is well proven down the iconic Straight Six at Flemington. Unbeaten at the track / distance and this is an obvious step-up in grade, but deserves his chance. Hugh weight advantage coming down from 57.5kg to 52.5kg and gets a run from barrier five Patrick Moloney retaining the ride. BOOKER ($8.50) shapes-up as the best of the two fillies out of the Oakleigh Plate, the form of which has stacked-up plenty in the Newmarket Handicap over the years. Raced wide (from 15 of 18) throughout and gets a better go of it from the gate here third-up. Nearing peak fitness, 50kg is a very good weight and she’s won at Flemington so the straight holds no fares. SUPIDO ($14) is a danger at double-figures. Wide barrier but the Flemington specialist (6:4-0-0) who was only 1.5 lengths off Redkirk Warrior in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m). Meets him way better weight-wise for the rematch.

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 11 years from 2008 – 2018 the two races produced nine of the Newmarket Handicap winners were the Oakleigh Plate (5 winners) and the Lightning Stakes (5 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 four wins from 2008 – 2018
  • 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 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)

2018 Newmarket Handicap Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Newmarket Handicap 2018 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
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