Newmarket Handicap

Newmarket Handicap

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday March 6, 2021
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,125,000
Distance: 1200m

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

September Run
Can September Run add another win down the Flemington straight?

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:

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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


1stBivouac ($5.50)
2ndLoving Gaby ($1.80)
3rdGytrash ($3.20)

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
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
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
Year Horse
1999 Isca
1998 General Nediym
1997 Ruffles
1996 Brawny Spirit
1995 All Our Mob
1994 Mookta
1993 Primacy
1992 Schillaci
1991 Shaftesbury Avenue
1990 Gold Trump
1989 Grandiose
1988 Special
1987 Placid Ark
1986 Lockley’s Tradition
1985 Red Tempo
1984 Heron Bridge
1983 Razor Sharp
1982 Razor Sharp
1981 Elounda Bay
1980 Dor Kon
1979 Better Beyond
1978 Maybe Mahal
1977 Desirable
1976 Toy Show
1975 Cap D’antibes
1974 Coolalinga
1973 Century
1972 Crown
1971 Baguette
1970 Black Onyz
1969 Begonia Belle
1968 Manihi
1967 Nebo Road
1966 Bowl King
1965 Ripa
1964 Rashlore
1963 Our Cobber
1962 Victorious
1961 Correct
1960 Correct
1959 Gold Stakes
1958 My Hour
1957 King’s Fair
1956 Kingster
1955 Swynphilos
1954 Birdwood
1953 Cultured
1952 Cromwell
1951 Carnage
1950 High Jip
1949 Reperio
1948 Royal Gem
1947 Gay Queen
1946 Bernborough
1945 Three Wheeler
1944 Orteli
1943 Denko
1942 Kelos
1941 All Veil
1940 Mildura
1939 El Golea
1938 Ajax
1937 Aurie’s Star
1936 Regular Bachelor
1935 Count Ito
1934 Foursome
1933 Waltzing Lily
1932 Lady Linden
1931 Parkwood
1930 Greenline
1929 St. Ardent
1928 Gothic
1927 Gothic
1926 Heroic
1925 Valiard
1924 Quintus
1923 Sunburst
1922 Rostrum
1921 Blue Cross
1920 Red Dome
1919 Molly’s Robe
1918 Detigne
1917 Polycrates
1916 Amata
1915 Blague
1914 Iownit
1913 Relievo
1912 Desire
1911 Queen Of Shot
1910 Mala
1909 Soultline
1908 Scotland
1907 Ebullition
1906 Pendant
1905 Playaway
1904 Mairp
1903 Chantress
1902 Sir Foote
1901 Wakeful
1900 The Watchdog
1899 Forest
1898 Amiable
1897 Carlton
1896 Maluma
1895 Laundress
1894 Hova
1893 Fortunatus
1892 Wild Rose
1891 Bungebah
1890 Churchill
1889 Sedition
1888 Carlyon
1887 Trident
1886 William Tell
1885 Coronet
1884 Malua
1883 Tyropean
1882 Hyacinth
1881 Aspen
1880 Aspen
1879 Diomede
1878 Lady Ellen
1877 Tom Kirk
1876 Sultan
1875 Calumny
1874 Maid Of Avenel

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