Newmarket Handicap

The Newmarket Handicap is a Group 1 sprint down the Flemington straight held in March during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival on Super Saturday.

2018 Newmarket Handicap Results

  • 1st: #1 Redkirk Warrior
  • 2nd: #2 Brave Smash
  • 3rd: #11 Merchant Navy



The Group 1 Newmarket Handicap takes place on Flemington’s Super Saturday of Racing during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival in early March. The day also features the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) and a host of other Black-Type support acts for punters to enjoy a bet on at an online bookmaker such as Ladbrokes.com.au.

Raced down the 1200m straight of the world renowned Flemington Racecourse – known as the ‘straight six’ – the Newmarket Handicap offers $1.25 million in prize money and $5,000 in trophies.

Run under open handicap conditions the Newmarket Handicap field attracts the best sprinters from around the country.

The best lead-up races held earlier in the autumn for Newmarket Handicap horses include Flemington’s Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) and the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield. Lankan Rupee (2014) was the last sprinter to do the Oakleigh Plate – Newmarket Handicap double, while Redkirk Warrior made history in the 2018 Newmarket Handicap on the back of a Black Caviar Lightning win to become the first dual Newmarket champion since Razor Sharp (1982-83).

The 2018 Newmarket Handicap ran on Saturday March 10, 2018 and saw the reigning champion Redkirk Warrior salute again.

Newmarket Handicap 2018
Date: Saturday March 10, 2018
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,250,000

2018 Newmarket Handicap Results

  • 1st: #1 Redkirk Warrior
  • 2nd: #2 Brave Smash
  • 3rd: #11 Merchant Navy

See below for the official Newmarket Handicap 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the historical win by Redkirk Warrior who successfully defended his title in the race despite carrying top weight from the outside gate.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 1 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 15 57.5kg $7
2 2 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 0.1L 2 56.5kg $9
3 11 MERCHANT NAVY Aaron Purcell Chad Schofield 0.3L 4 52kg $6.50F
4 5 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Damian Lane 0.8L 6 52.5kg (cd 53kg) $13
5 6 SUPIDO Michael Kent Beau Mertens 1.1L 14 52.5kg $15
6 4 RICH CHARM Udyta Clarke Patrick Moloney 2.85L 5 52.5kg $8
7 14 BOOKER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ben Thompson 2.95L 3 50kg $7
7 12 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Craig Newitt 2.95L 11 52kg $21
9 9 KEN’S DREAM Darren Weir Dean Yendall 3.15L 8 52kg $19
10 10 LUCKY LIBERTY Henry Dwyer Chris Parnham 4.15L 13 52kg $61
11 15 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 4.55L 9 50kg $14
12 7 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 5.55L 7 52.5kg $12
13 13 SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 7.3L 12 52kg (cd 52.5kg) $26
14 3 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Ms Kathy O’Hara 8.05L 1 52.5kg $81
15 8 FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Allen (a) 12.05L 10 52kg $41

2018 Newmarket Handicap Tips

  • 1st: #4 Rich Charm
  • 2nd: # 14 Booker
  • 3rd: #6 Supido

Read our full Newmarket Handicap 2018 Tips & Exotic Selections.

2018 Newmarket Handicap Form Guide

Check out our comprehensive Newmarket Handicap 2018 Form Guide & Betting Preview.

2018 Newmarket Handicap Betting & Odds

The latest Newmarket Handicap odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as betting on the Flemington ‘Super Saturday’ sprint opens. Plenty of horses at roughie prices in Newmarket Handicap betting have saluted in recent years including Redkirk Warrior ($31 in 2017) who became the first horse in a century to win the race first-up.

2018 Newmarket Handicap Field

The Newmarket Handicap field and barriers are released on the Tuesday before Super Saturday and attract a similar field to those that faced off earlier in the autumn in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes and Oakleigh Plate.

The Newmarket Handicap final field and barrier draw will be published below as soon as available on Tuesday March 6, 2017.

The official 2018 Newmarket Handicap Field drew 15 hopefuls, the most since a 22 horse field faced off in 2012. Heading the list of final Newmarket Handicap acceptances this year are Lindsay Park’s upset Black Caviar Lightning winner Redkirk Warrior who suffered a blow in the far outside barrier and the Coolmore Stud Stakes winning three-year-old Merchant Navy drawn a treat in gate four.

Read more on the 15-horse Newmarket Handicap 2018 Final Field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x105x100x1 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 15 57.5kg 114
2 4x2123x531 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 56.5kg 112
3 15x66x1650 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 52.5kg 104
4 4111x411x4 RICH CHARM Udyta Clarke Patrick Moloney 5 52.5kg 104
5 11x43765x5 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Damian Lane 6 52.5kg 104
6 3x930x15x4 SUPIDO Michael Kent Beau Mertens 14 52.5kg 104
7 1306x13x14 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 7 52.5kg 104
8 311900821x FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Allen (a) 10 52kg 98
9 75537×5141 KEN’S DREAM Darren Weir Dean Yendall 8 52kg 95
10 1351x30x32 LUCKY LIBERTY Henry Dwyer Chris Parnham 13 52kg 90
11 111x101x3 MERCHANT NAVY Aaron Purcell Chad Schofield 4 52kg 108
12 x1449729x3 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Craig Newitt 11 52kg 106
13 x22833005x SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 12 52kg 95
14 12x2316x14 BOOKER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ben Thompson (a) 3 50kg 102
15 10x21330x6 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 9 50kg 102

2018 Newmarket Handicap First Acceptances

The official Newmarket Handicap first acceptances close in late February a fortnight out from the Group 1 Flemington Super Saturday sprint run in March.

The 2018 Newmarket Handicap First Acceptances attracted 33 sprinters including the reigning champion Redkirk Warrior who enjoyed an explosive first-up win in the Black Caviar Lightning. Beaten favourite in that, Redzel, is a notable omission from the Newmarket Handicap 2018 first declarations.

View the full Redzel-less Newmarket Handicap First Acceptances for 2018.

2018 Newmarket Handicap Nominations

The 2018 Newmarket Handicap nominations will be provided below once announced by Racing Victoria in late January.

The Newmarket Handicap nominations are released over a month out from race day and allow for futures Newmarket Handicap betting to open at bookmakers like Ladbrokes.com.au. Following the nominations the Newmarket Handicap first declarations close in late February as the field begins to take shape.

The 2018 Newmarket Handicap Nominations drew 56 sprinters including the defending champion Redkirk Warrior who is out to win successive editions of the race for the first time in 25 years and Peter & Paul Snowden’s The Everest – Darley Classic double winning star Redzel.

View the official Newmarket Handicap 2018 Nominated Horses by following the link.

Newmarket Handicap History

The Newmarket Handicap was first run in 1874 and won by Maid Of Avenel. The most famous Newmarket Handicap took place in 2002 when Rubitano took out the title. In the last few metres of the race there was less than a head’s distance separating the first six place getters; ending in an extremely close finish to the race.

Double winners of the Newmarket Handicap include Aspen in 1880-81, Gothic in 1927-28, Correct in 1960-61, Razor Sharp in 1982-83 and most recently Redkirk Warrior (2017-18). Since 1988 the fastest winning time was recorded by Black Caviar in 2011 with 1 minute 7.3 seconds. The 2017 Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior made history as the first horse in 100 years to take out the sprint feature first-up before carrying top weight from the outside gate to win again in 2018 making him the first horse to do the Newmarket – Lightning Stakes – Newmarket treble.

The Newmarket Handicap results going back to 2000 are listed in the table below.

Recent Newmarket Handicap Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Newmarket Handicap
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Newmarket Handicap
1st Redkirk Warrior 1 minute 8.33 seconds
2nd Brave Smash
3rd Merchant Navy
2017
Newmarket Handicap
1st Redkirk Warrior 1 minute 9.05 seconds
2nd Voodoo Lad
3rd Star Turn
2016
Newmarket Handicap
1st The Quarterback 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd Black Heart Bart
3rd Chautauqua
2015
Newmarket Handicap
1st Brazen Beau 1 minute 09.2 seconds
2nd Chautauqua
3rd Terravista
2014
Newmarket Handicap
1st Lankan Rupee 1 minute 09.3 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Knoydart
2013
Newmarket Handicap
1st Shamexpress 1 minute 08.2 seconds
2nd Moment Of Change
3rd Aeronautical
2012
Newmarket Handicap
1st Hay List 1 minute 08.7 seconds
2nd Buffering
3rd Foxwedge
2011
Newmarket Handicap
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 07.3 seconds
2nd Crystal Lily
3rd Beaded
2010
Newmarket Handicap
1st Wanted 1 minute 10.11 seconds
2nd Eagle Falls
3rd Starspangledbanner
2009
Newmarket Handicap
1st Scenic Blast 1 minute 8.7 seconds
2nd Swiss Ace
3rd Aichi
2008
Newmarket Handicap
1st Weekend Hustler 1 minute 9 seconds
2nd Magnus
3rd Grand Duels
2007
Newmarket Handicap
1st Miss Andretti 1 minute 7.7 seconds
2nd Gold Edition
3rd Undue
2006
Newmarket Handicap
1st Takeover Target 1 minute 8.3 seconds
2nd Snitzel
3rd Stratum
2005
Newmarket Handicap
1st Alinghi 1 minute 8.1 seconds
2nd Fastnet Rock
3rd Foreplay
2004
Newmarket Handicap
1st Exceed And Excel 1 minute 8.7 seconds
2nd Titanic Jack
3rd Regimental Gal
2003
Newmarket Handicap
1st Belle Du Jour 1 minute 8.6 seconds
2nd Bel Espirit
3rd Super Impressive
2002
Newmarket Handicap
1st Rubitano 1 minute 9 seconds
2nd North Boy
3rd Mistegic
2001
Newmarket Handicap
1st Toledo 1 minute 8.6 seconds
2nd Show A Heart
3rd Mannington
2000
Newmarket Handicap
1st Miss Pennymoney 1 minute 7.6 seconds
2nd Black Bean
3rd Falvelon

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