Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||Saturday March 6, 2021|
The Group 1 Newmarket Handicap dates all the way back to 1873, when Maid Of Avanel conquered the ‘Straight Six’ at Flemington in the inaugural running.
Still run over 1200m at Racing HQ, the Newmarket always attracts plenty of talent each year. The race’s honour roll features some of the biggest names in the business, including the likes of Black Caviar, Hay List and Exceed And Excel.
Held on the same day as the Australian Cup, the Newmarket often brings together leading sprinters that are on track to race in the Sydney Autumn Carnival over the following weeks.
2021 Newmarket Handicap betting odds
On the back of a strong finish in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, online bookmakers have put the Chris Waller-trained September Run at the top of the market. Punters can get odds of around $2.20 for the filly to add a second Group 1 down the Flemington straight to her record.
Having not yet finished ahead of September Run in three clashes, the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained Swats That holds the second line of betting at $8. Can the filly turn the tables on her fierce rival?
With the likes of Bivouac and Nature Strip set to travel back to Sydney for the Autumn Carnival, the likes of Oakleigh Plate winner Celebrity Queen and track specialist Sirius Suspect are the only other runners that have seen early market support.
Best Newmarket Handicap bookmakers
As the Newmarket Handicap is one of the best sprint races in Victoria, punters tend to bet with a fair amount of confidence in the race.
The winner of the race usually looks towards the VRC Sprint in the spring, so it may be worth having a look at the futures odds available following the running of the Newmarket Handicap.
The bookmakers below offer markets on the Australian Cup:
Newmarket Handicap Betting Guide
Dating back to the 1870s, the Newmarket Handicap is a race punters tend to attack with a fair amount of confidence despite mixed results for favourites over the years.
Only five horses in the race’s history has won it on multiple occasions, with the most recent being Redkirk Warrior in 2017 and 2018.
A strong form reference over the years comes from the Lightning Stakes held over the 1000m at Flemington three weeks earlier, as well as the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield a fortnight prior to the Newmarket Handicap.
The late, great Bart Cummings has been the most successful trainer in the history of the Newmarket Handicap with eight wins to his name, while in modern times Peter Moody and the Dabernig & Hayes stable have been the ones to follow.
With wins on board Schillaci (1992), Toledo (2001) and Alinghi (2005), Damien Oliver was the first jockey to claim three wins in the prestigious race. Craig Newitt equalled that mark in 2016 with his win on The Quarterback, adding to his triumphs aboard Shamexpress (2013) and Miss Andretti (2007). ILuke Nolen and Regan Bayliss are the only two jockeys in recent times to win the Newmarket Handicap in successive years.
2020 Newmarket Handicap result
Recent Newmarket Handicap results
- Rarely do we see a win in the Newmarket Handicap like the one Bivouac managed in 2020. The Godolphin star was given a perfect steer by Glen Boss taking a sit just off the leader and with his rivals already off the bit at the 300m mark it was a hands and heels job for Bossy. He made certain sprinters like Loving Gaby and Gytrash look second rate as Bivouac went on to announce himself as one of the countries best sprinters with his win in the Newmarket Handicap.
- The only filly in the 2019 Newmarket Handicap was the Tony McEvoy-trained Sunlight, and on the back of a superb front-running ride from Barend Vorster she never looked to be in any trouble as Sunlight took out the Newmarket Handicap. The story of the race however was the Godolphin runner Osborne Bulls deadset flying down the outside fence after being held up at a crucial time. It will go down as a win by three quarters of a length to Sunlight, but who knows what the result would have been like if the runner-up was given clear galloping air.
- For the first time in history a defending Newmarket Handicap winner managed to win the Newmarket Handicap the following year when Redkirk Warrior won by the barest of margins. During the first 100m the field split into halves, the runner up Brave Smash opted to stick to the inside rail whilst Redkirk Warrior opted to head to the outside fence. As both runners made their moves at the 300m mark but with both runners being world’s apart it was destined to be a tight finish, and for the second year in a row it was Redkirk Warrior under Regan Bayliss who handed the Dabernig & Hayes’ stable a second successive Newmarket Handicap.
- When the barriers opened in the 2017 Newmarket Handicap not many punters gave Redkirk Warrior a winning hope sending him around as one of the rank outsiders in the field at $31. But with thanks to a prolonged sprint from the 300m after leading the field up Redkirk Warrior managed to go to another gear to cause a massive upset in the 2017 Newmarket Handicap. The win in 2017 was the first of his two successive wins in the Group 1 event.
- On the back of a well timed ride by Froggy Newitt it was the Robbie Griffiths-trained The Quarterback who caused a massive upset in the 2016 Newmarket Handicap. It takes a very good sprinter to out-sprint Chatauqua from the rear of the field and Redkirk Warrior did just that after settling a clear last, and hit the front just in time to claim the Newmarket Handicap.
Previous winners of the Newmarket Handicap
|Newmarket Handicap Past Winners|
|2020||Bivouac||Glen Boss||James Cummings|
|2019||Sunlight||Barned Vorster||Tony McEvoy|
|2018||Redkirk Warrior||Regan Bayliss||David and Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|2017||Redkirk Warrior||Regan Bayliss||David and Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig|
|2016||The Quarterback||Craig Newitt||Robbie Griffiths|
|2015||Brazen Beau||Joao Moreira||Chris Waller|
|2014||Lankan Rupee||Chad Schofield||Mick Price|
|2013||Shamexpress||Craig Newitt||Danny O’Brien|
|2012||Hay List||Glyn Schofield||John McNair|
|2011||Black Caviar||Luke Nolen||Peter Moody|
|2010||Wanted||Luke Nolen||Peter Moody|
|2009||Scenic Blast||Steven Arnold||Daniel Morton|
|2008||Weekend Hussler||Brad Rawiller||Ross McDonald|
|2007||Miss Andretti||Craig Newitt||Lee Freedman|
|2006||Takeover Target||Jay Ford||Joe Janiak|
|2005||Alinghi||Damien Oliver||Lee Freedman|
|2004||Exceed And Excel||Corey Brown||Tim Martin|
|2003||Belle Du Jour||Danny Nikolic||Clarry Conners|
|2002||Rubitano||Stephen Baster||Brian Mayfield-Smith|
|2001||Toledo||Damien Oliver||Russell and Scott Cameron|
|2000||Miss Pennymoney||Danny Beasley||Jim Conlon|
Newmarket Handicap Past Winners Pre 2000
|Newmarket Handicap Past Winners Pre 2000|
|1995||All Our Mob|
|1911||Queen Of Shot|
|1874||Maid Of Avenel|