High Quality Field for 2012 Newmarket Handicap

It will be a who’s-who of horses this weekend at Flemington, with the Melbourne track preparing to host Australia’s most prestigious sprint event, the 2012 Newmarket Handicap.

With final fields set to be released tomorrow, this year’s $1 million Group 1 event will contain an unbelievable field of quality.

Hay List, so often overshadowed by Black Caviar, gets his chance to shine without the wonder mare and is the early fixed-price favourite ($2.80) at bookmaker.com.au.

A champion in his own right, the six-year-old will have to overcome the obstacle of carrying 58.5kg. The gelding definitely has the ability to carry that weight but the obstacle lies in the fact he will give plenty of weight away to the likes of Rain Affair, Bel Sprinter and Fox Wedge.

Hay List

Hay List is a strong favourite for the 2012 Newmarket Handicap

If Hay List can take out the Newmarket Handicap this weekend, the John Mcnair trained horse will take his already outstanding record to 15 wins from 22 starts.

Rain Affair is chasing 10 straight victories, having been unbeatable in Sydney for more than a year.

Trainer Joe Pride, who yesterday ruled out his chances of running the Doncaster, says he is confident the Apollo Stakes winner can score victory in his first Group 1 race.

“The way this horse has been winning is amazing,” he said.

“I think it’s his one and only chance to beat the handicapper.”

At 55.5kg, the four-year-old will run at three kilograms lighter than race favourite Hay List, giving him a great chance to add another win to his near flawless record.

The gelding has only recorded one loss which came as a second placing at Canterbury in February last year.

Bel Sprinter will run at 52.5kg and will be ridden by Ben Melham, who has ridden him every start.

Trainer Jason Warren’s racing manager Simon Lavery says he is confident that Melham will make the weight.

“Ben’s ridden the last two spring carnivals at 52.5kg so he will make the weight,” he said.

Bel Sprinter suffered a minor leg injury in a stable accident yesterday but Lavery believes the bookmaker.com.au second favourite ($5.00) is likely to run on Saturday.

“At this stage he will be running on Saturday but we will have a good look at him…and see how he is Wednesday morning.”

Foxwedge has also received a light weight (52.5kg) which should stand the John O’Shea trained colt in good stead to challenge the top three favourites for the prestigious sprint title.

Fixed odds betting is now available for the 2012 Newmarket Handicap at bookmaker.com.au and with final fields released tomorrow, more markets will be released later this week.

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2012 Newmarket Handicap – Nominations

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 BLACK CAVIAR Peter G Moody 1 61.5kg 130
2 HAY LIST John McNair 2 58.5kg 116
3 ALBERT THE FAT Chris Waller 5 56.5kg 112
4 TOORAK TOFF Rick Hore-Lacy 7 56kg 111
5 BEADED Peter Snowden 3 55.5kg 114
6 EAGLE FALLS David Hayes 8 55.5kg 110
7 ILOVETHISCITY Grahame Begg 10 55.5kg 110
8 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride 12 55.5kg 110
9 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan 11 55.5kg 110
10 WOORIM Robert Heathcote 9 55.5kg 110
11 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg 4 55kg 113
12 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote 14 54.5kg 108
13 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody 6 54.5kg 112
14 TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan 15 54.5kg 108
15 GRAND NIRVANA Fred Kersley 16 54kg 107
16 WARATAH’S SECRET Jim P Taylor 17 53.5kg 106
17 LONE ROCK Robert Smerdon 13 53kg 109
18 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren 20 52.5kg 104
19 FACILE TIGRE Jason McLachlan 19 52.5kg 104
20 ROCK CLASSIC Bart Cummings 18 52.5kg 104
21 CURTANA Peter G Moody 24 52kg 101
22 KULGRINDA Peter G Moody 25 52kg 99
23 LIVEANDLETDIE Mark Kavanagh 31= 52kg 94
24 MASTER HARRY Peter G Moody 29 52kg 96
25 MASTER OF DESIGN David Payne 22 52kg 102
26 METALLURGICAL John P Thompson 30 52kg 95
27 MR CHARD Dean Lawson 27 52kg 97
28 PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan 23 52kg 102
29 SHOCK VALUE David Hayes 28 52kg 97
30 STIRLING GROVE Richard Jolly 26 52kg 98
31 AFRICAN PULSE Michael Moroney 33 50kg 91
32 CELEBRITY GIRL Mark Kavanagh 31= 50kg 94
33 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien 35 50kg 82
34 EMERALD DOWNS Anthony Cummings 36 50kg 76
35 FOXWEDGE John O’Shea 21 50kg 104
36 MISS STELLABELLE Mark Kavanagh 34 50kg 86
37 RIFLEMAN David Hayes 38 50kg 70
38 UNIQUE QUALITY Frankie Stockdale 37 50kg 72