2016 Newmarket Handicap Nominations: Six for Waller

Chris Waller has entered six sprinters for the Newmarket Handicap 2016 as he chases back-to-back wins in Flemington’s Super Saturday feature on March 12 this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.


Japonisme (pictured) is out to repeat the feat of the fellow Chris Waller-trained Brazen Beau winning the Coolmore Stud Stakes – Newmarket Handicap double as a three-year-old. Photo: Steve Hart.

Twelve months ago Waller scored his maiden win in the sprint classic when three-year-old Brazen Beau (2015) continued the gun record of youngster’s in the race saluting with just 52kg on his back.

On Tuesday Racing Victoria took nominations for three upcoming elite level showdowns including the $1.25 million Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) that attracted 70 early entries, up 10 on last year.

Of those, half a dozen are prepared by last year’s winning trainer Waller including his Coolmore Stud Stakes winning Choisir three-year-old Japonisme.

Brazen Beau won the Coolmore Stud Stakes the spring before his Newmarket Handicap success that followed a first-up second to Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) down the Flemington straight.

Japonisme is out in 2016 to emulate his star stablemate then having posted his fifth career win at start number 10 in last October’s Coolmore.

Third in the same Victoria Derby Day three-years-old sprint was the fellow Waller-trained Counterattack the Redoute’s Choice colt another headline Newmarket Handicap nominee.

Other notable Newmarket Handicap bound hopefuls for Waller include five-time Group 1 winning six-year-old Boban, Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) winning Shamardal four-year-old Delectation, last year’s Doncaster Mile champ Kermadec and his Caulfield Guineas winning Hinchinbrook colt Press Statement.

A total of 26 three-year-olds feature in the Newmarket Handicap nominations this autumn looking to become the seventh of that age group since 2004 to win.

Along with those from Waller’s contingent other headline three-year-old Newmarket hopes this season include the John O’Shea-trained Golden Rose winner Exosphere who caught the eye with an impressive barrier trial on Monday, stablemate Holler who won the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) first-up this month and Coolmore Stud Stakes runner-up Keen Array prepared by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig.

Possibly the headline Newmarket Handicap nominee of 2016 however is dual Group 1 winner superstar Chautauqua for Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes who was the equal highest-rated Australian sprinter in 2015 along with Lankan Rupee.

The five-year-old son of Encosta De Lago won the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley two back before his brave second when just nosed out of the Darley Classic win by Delectation as the beaten odds-on favourite.

He was runner-up to Brazen Beau in last year’s Newmarket Handicap quinella and is out to improve by one this year ahead of a likely title defence in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) in Sydney in April.

Another super-consistent sprinter in the mix is Ball Of Muscle for Joe Pride, the Dubawi five-year-old runner-up to Buffering in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) last October.

Also in the mix for Pride is Captain Rio six-year-old Terravista last seen running third in the Darley Classic.

Terravista was also third in the Newmarket Handicap and TJ Smith Stakes last autumn.

See below for the full Newmarket Handicap 2016 nominations, futures betting for which should be open shortly at our preferred online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au.

2016 Newmarket Handicap Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 12/03/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 4348x4160x AFLEET ESPRIT M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 93
2 11 ANATOLA F 3 Peter G Moody 67
3 x221x3223x BALL OF MUSCLE G 5 Joseph Pride 106
4 15x163x BASSETT (NZ) G 3 Peter G Moody 75
5 40x111492x BLACK HEART BART G 5 Darren Weir
6 70x12x149x BOBAN G 6 Chris Waller
7 12x202x13x BOUNDING M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
8 8x152x BROCKHOFF C 3 Ciaron Maher 68
9 231111541x CHARMED HARMONY G 6 John Sadler 105
10 1213x1112x CHAUTAUQUA G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
11 x211575432 CHURCHILL DANCER G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 103
12 1447x1513x COUNTERATTACK C 3 Chris Waller 90
13 1x120x259x CRAFTINESS G 5 Joseph Pride
14 7139x6241x DELECTATION G 4 Chris Waller
15 23x815x13x DOTHRAKI G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 106
16 2215x5311x ECLAIR CHOICE G 4 Phillip Stokes 105
17 1212243x EL GRECO G 3 Peter G Moody 73
18 x110x1114x EXOSPHERE C 3 John O’Shea
19 2301x2617x FLAMBERGE G 6 Peter G Moody
20 1211×5 GOLD SYMPHONY C 3 Peter G Moody 84
21 326x73082x GREGERS M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 103
22 1135x7948x HEADWATER C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 90
23 x3x38221x1 HOLLER C 3 John O’Shea 105
24 70315x482x HOT SNITZEL G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden
25 x12497x00x ICONIC G 5 Tony McEvoy 96
26 5x1111431x JAPONISME G 3 Chris Waller 106
27 40x112112x KEEN ARRAY G 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 94
28 0x11600x KENTUCKY FLYER C 3 Robbie Laing 69
29 431x52140x KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller
30 21x16x KINGLIKE C 3 Peter G Moody 86
31 212x48x KING’S TROOP C 3 Gerald Ryan
32 535125x97x LONROCKSTAR G 6 John Sadler 90
33 115x13414x LORD ASPEN G 4 Mick Huxtable
34 7x46136x1x LUCKY HUSSLER G 6 Darren Weir
35 122813920x MISS PROMISCUITY M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
36 24x1x125x MOGADOR C 3 John O’Shea 78
37 1x111x130x OUR BOY MALACHI G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
38 1x3x2 PAINTED FIRETAIL F 3 John O’Shea
39 141x25444x PASADENA GIRL (NZ) F 3 Peter G Moody 94
40 41572x253x PERIGNON F 3 Gerald Ryan
41 11110x PETITS FILOUS F 3 Ciaron Maher 86
42 6000x1112x POLITENESS M 5 Robert Smerdon 109
43 111x2511x PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller 109
44 140x PURITAN G 3 Jason Warren 66
45 1127x2600x RICH ENUFF H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 101
46 x12x11113x RULE THE RIVER M 4 Anthony Cummings
47 229x15450x SCISSOR KICK H 4 Paul Messara
48 1x0x1221x SECRET AGENDA F 3 Mick Price 84
49 15x111136x SHIRAZ G 6 Tony McEvoy 105
50 11x623x SPILL THE BEANS C 3 Gerald Ryan 73
51 21x600x SPORTS EDITION H 4 Gai Waterhouse
52 12x3549x5x SPY DECODER (NZ) G 5 Anthony Cummings
53 x18611x25x SRIKANDI M 5 Ciaron Maher
54 26x1x1x SUPIDO H 4 Michael Kent 72
55 319x93123x SWINGING ARMS G 5 Scott Trenowden
56 1038x5315x TAKE PRIDE F 3 Murray Johnson 82
57 78x310315x TAWTEEN M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 94
58 1x330x173x TERRAVISTA G 6 Joseph Pride
59 1x4x40 THE BIG DANCE F 3 Danny Curran 68
60 62145x243x THE MONSTAR G 5 Brett Cavanough 89
61 1166x7621x THE QUARTERBACK G 5 Robbie Griffiths 98
62 12x80x568x TIGER TEES (NZ) G 8 Joseph Pride
63 131x62111x TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker 114
64 123x13731x TUSCAN SLING M 5 Darren Weir 94
65 1x16x ULTIMATE SHOCK (NZ) G 5 Anthony Cummings
66 540x25x20x VA PENSIERO H 5 Jason Coyle
67 538x13641x VEZALAY M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens 96
68 13139x022x WAWAIL M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 98
69 12971x389x YESTERDAY’S SONGS G 5 Michael Moroney 91
70 0x8377142x ZOUTENANT C 3 Gai Waterhouse


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