2015 Newmarket Handicap First Acceptances Missing Deep Field

One time favourite Deep Field is the most notable absence from the list of Newmarket Handicap 2015 first acceptances taken by Racing Victoria today.

Lankan Rupee

Last Saturday’s Lightning Stakes winner Lankan Rupee is one of the headline 2015 Newmarket Handicap first acceptances taken this week. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

There are just 22 sprinters left in contention for this year’s $1 million Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) that runs on ‘Super Saturday’ at Flemington Racecourse on March 14.

Missing from the first declarations is the Team Hawkes-trained four-year-old Deep Field.

The Northern Meteor entire won his opening five career starts before going down first-up to runaway winner Lankan Rupee when third in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) last Saturday.

He is being kept separate by Hawkes Racing then to his star stablemate Chautauqua and is now likely heading to Sydney for a shot at a Group 1 win in the $400,000 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 21.

Chautauqua meanwhile leads the latest Newmarket Handicap odds at bookmakers around the country at around $3.20 to break his Group 1 duck.

The talented Encosta De Lago four-year-old was runner-up to Terravista in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington at the end of his spring prep before returning to win the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on February 14.

Hot on his heels in the pre-field Newmarket Handicap betting markets also at three dollars-something to win is the world’s equal highest-rated sprinter Lankan Rupee.

Mick Price’s star Redoute’s Choice five-year-old is a five-time Group 1 winner thanks to his ultra-impressive runaway win over Brazen Beau in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes last Saturday.

He won that by nearly three lengths in his first run since finishing third in the Darley Classic back on Emirates Stakes Day.

His other elite level titles are in the Manikato Stakes (Moonee Valley), TJ Smith Stakes (Randwick) the Oakleigh Plate (Caulfield) and between those last two – last year’s Newmarket Handicap.

Also dominating the Newmarket Handicap first acceptances and early betting markets along with Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee are then Brazen Beau and Terravista.

Chris Waller’s flying I Am Invincible colt won the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington back on Derby Day before returning to run a brave second to Lankan Rupee in the Lightning Stakes last weekend.

The Joe Pride-trained Terravista meanwhile beat both Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee home in the Darley Classic to finish off his spring prep but hasn’t been seen since running last to I’m All The Talk in a 803m Warwick Farm hit-out at the start of the month.

Other notable Newmarket Handicap hopes still heading towards next month’s feature include the John Sadler-trained Vain Queen, Dan Morton’s Perth raider Watermans Bay, undefeated three-year-old Bel Esprit filly Sistonic who has had just the two starts to date and is a three-quarter sister to 2011 Newmarket Handicap winner Black Caviar, and Earthquake.

John O’Shea’s Blue Diamond Stakes winning filly Earthquake is down to resume racing this weekend in the $400,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield as is short-distance specialist Vain Queen.

Other Newmarket hopes nominated for the Oakleigh Plate on Saturday include A Time For Julia, Atmospherical, Eloping, Fast ‘n’ Rocking, Flamberge, Lord Of The Sky and Nostradamus.

Along with Deep Field the other notable Newmarket Handicap withdrawals include 2014 Golden Slipper winner Mossfun, WA’s star sprinter Magnifisio, runner-up in the 2013 edition Moment Of Change who had colic earlier in the month and Rich Enuff.

See below for the full 2015 Newmarket Handicap first acceptances, the final field due out on Tuesday March 3.

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2015 Newmarket Handicap First Declarations

Flemington Racecourse – 14/03/2015

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 A TIME FOR JULIA Peter G Moody 101
2 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen 98
3 ARMADA Peter G Moody 71
4 ATMOSPHERICAL David Pfieffer 96
5 BRAZEN BEAU Chris Waller 108
6 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 110
7 CRITERION (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 110
8 DELECTATION Chris Waller 90
9 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse 107
10 EARTHQUAKE John O’Shea 103
11 ELOPING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 92
12 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 100
13 FLAMBERGE Peter G Moody 103
14 FONTELINA Anthony Cummings 107
15 ICONIC Tony McEvoy 97
16 LANKAN RUPEE Mick Price 116
17 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing 98
18 NOSTRADAMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 86
19 SISTONIC David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 70
20 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride 112
21 VAIN QUEEN John Sadler 104
22 WATERMANS BAY Daniel Morton 102


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