Newcastle Newmarket Handicap 2012 Nominations

Next Wednesday, March 21, Sydney will host their own 2012 Newmarket Handicap at Newcastle and a quality list of nominations has now been released for the autumn feature.

The $125,000 Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m) has this year drawn 25 early entries with the headline nominee being the Roger James-trained Kiwi He’s Remarkable.

Pentire four-year-old He’s Remarkable hasn’t raced since their controversial loss when regulated to second upon protest behind Luckygray in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot in Perth last November.

Despite a lengthy and costly appeals process, Cambridge-based horseman James failed to have He’s Remarkable reinstalled as the Railway Stakes winner and as such was denied the Group 1 title.

The horse will be back down under this autumn, however, starting with the Newcastle Newmarket Handicap 2012 on Wednesday.

Won last year by Keepin’ The Dream, the Newcastle Newmarket Handicap is a traditional lead-up race to some of the season’s more lucrative features including the $400,000 Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on Easter Saturday April 7, and the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) running at Royal Randwick on April 28.

The 2012 Doncaster Mile Handicap is very much in He’s Remarkable’s sights, and they pay $41 in the early bookmaker.com.au odds on the upcoming elite level.

Top-weight for the Newcastle Newmarket Handicap this year is the Chris Waller-trained 2011 Liverpool City Cup winner Triple Elegance with 59kg.

Waller has also nominated for his Red Ransom six-year-old Snow Alert (55.5kg).

This year’s Liverpool City Cup winner Ofcourseican is not nominated for the Newmarket on Wednesday but runner-up Somepin Anypin, four length winner of the Hawkesbury Gold Cup last November, and third placed Fast Clip from the Gai Waterhouse stables have.

Some more in-form Newcastle Newmarket Handicap nominees that have been in good form so far this season include Tony Vasil’s Mossman four-year-old Under The Eiffel, last-start Tattersall’s Members’ Cup winner in Brisbane Steel Zip, recent Rosehill winner over 1500m Star Of Octagonal, Paul Murray’s Canberra National Sprint third placegetter Alma’s Fury and the John Thompson-trained Mr Armstrong.

Other notable 2012 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap nominations include the another Thompson-trained runner Gathering, rising nine-year-old Dao Dao, Brett Partelle’s Queensland Guineas winner Torio’s Quest and recent Tattersalls Club Cup – Gosford Cup double winner Straight Albert.

Guy Walter’s ultra consistent Magic Albert four-year-old Straight Albert is likely to open near the top of the bookmaker.com.au markets if accepted for the Newcastle Newmarket Handicap field having also won the Goulburn Cup over the mile last November.

Acceptances revealing the Newcastle Newmarket Handicap final field for 2012 will be taken on Monday, March 19, and published right here at Races.com.au.

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2012 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap Nominations

Broadmeadow at Newcastle – Wednesday March 21, 2012

# Horse Trainer Weight Hcp Rating
1 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller 59kg 106
2 GATHERING John P Thompson 58kg 104
3 SOMEPIN ANYPIN (NZ) Gary Portelli 57kg 102
4 DAO DAO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 56.5kg 101
5 HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ) Roger James 56.5kg 101
6 TORIO’S QUEST Brett Partelle 56.5kg 101
7 STRAIGHT ALBERT Guy Walter 56kg 100
8 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse 55.5kg 99
9 SNOW ALERT Chris Waller 55.5kg 99
10 SHANNARA Peter Snowden 54.5kg 101
11 ADROITLY Peter Snowden 54kg 85
12 ALL LEGAL Kevin Moses 54kg 91
13 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray 54kg 90
14 CABERNET Grahame Begg 54kg 92
15 HARD LIQUOR Anthony Cummings 54kg 76
16 LAGUNA GRANDE Brett Partelle 54kg 68
17 LATIN NEWS David Payne 54kg 95
18 MIRJULISA LASS Gregory Hickman 54kg 98
19 MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ) Joseph Pride 54kg 92
20 MR ARMSTRONG John P Thompson 54kg 86
21 REVOLT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 54kg 80
22 SOUTHERN SHIMMER Ross Stitt 54kg 77
23 STAR OF OCTAGONAL Todd Howlett 54kg 93
24 STEEL ZIP Pat Duff 54kg 94
25 UNDER THE EIFFEL Tony Vasil 54kg 96