Cameron Handicap

The Cameron Handicap is a Group 3 event held at Newcastle Racecourse in mid-September on Newcastle Gold Cup Day as a lead-up to the Epsom Handicap.

2020 Cameron Handicap Results

  • 1st: #6 Rock
  • 2nd: #9 Just Thinkin'
  • 3rd: #5 Chief Ironside



The Cameron Handicap is a Group 3 race conducted over 1500m during the Newcastle Gold Cup Racing Carnival each September.

Held at Newcastle Racecourse on the Friday before George Main Stakes Day takes place at Randwick on the Saturday, the Cameron Handicap is worth $160,000 in total prize money. The Cameron Handicap is held under open handicap conditions and usually attracts a fairly commendable field. Held on Newcastle Gold Cup Day in mid-September, the Cameron Handicap usually draws horses from local and Sydney-based stables.

The Cameron Handicap is part of the two day Newcastle Spring Carnival, which also features the Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) and Tibbie Stakes (1400m).

Horses often seek to contend the Cameron Handicap following successful runs in other races held at Newcastle. The Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) is another lead up race for Sydney horses. Some Sydney horses might seek to incorporate the Cameron Handicap into their spring campaigns and make the two hour journey up for the race.

The Cameron Handicap winner is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) held at Randwick the following month and Excellerator (2002) was the last to do the double.

The 2020 Cameron Handicap ran on Friday September 18, 2020 and was won by the Hawkes Racing-trained Rock.

Cameron Handicap 2020
Date: Friday September 18, 2020
Track: Newcastle Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 Cameron Handicap Results

  • 1st: #6 Rock
  • 2nd: #9 Just Thinkin’
  • 3rd: #5 Chief Ironside

The Hawkes Racing-trained Rock ($5) was ultra-impressive securing back-to-back Cameron Handicap victories with a powerhouse 3.68 length successful title defense in the Newcastle Gold Cup Day event.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 3 55.5kg $5
2 9 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 3.68L 5 54kg $7.50
3 5 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees James McDonald 3.77L 10 57kg $11
4 4 THE CANDY MAN Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 4.85L 11 58kg $5
5 2 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 5.05L 4 58.5kg $3F
6 3 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 6.27L 2 58kg $11
7 11 MCCORMACK Tracey Bartley Ms Kathy O’Hara 6.57L 9 54kg $31
8 12 ROYAL TUDOR Rodney Ollerton Ms Rachel King 6.88L 8 54kg $41
9 8 INTERLOCUTER (USA) Richard Litt Ms Louise Day (a) 12.15L 7 54kg $201
10 7 MISS FABULASS Kris Lees Glen Boss 14.85L 6 54.5kg $17
11 13 ONDO PASA Stan Thomas Grant Buckley 16.8L 1 54kg $201
1 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Jason Collett 0
10 KUBRICK Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Cameron Handicap Betting Odds

The top Newcastle racing odds and Cameron Handicap 2020 betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

2020 Cameron Handicap Field

The official Cameron Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw is announced on the Wednesday of race week and attracts quality middle-distance sprinters coming off lead-up runs in earlier spring events including the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick a fortnight earlier or the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) in late August.

The 2020 Cameron Handicap field is down to 12 after the early scratching of #10 Kubrick (13) who had the outside alley. The updated markets are a two-horse battle between the Kris Lees-trained Special Reward and Rock for Hawkes Racing.

Update: There are 11 starters left in the Cameron Handicap field following a second scratching, the Kris Lees-trained mudlark Le Romain (4) coming out leaving stablemate Special Reward (58.5kg) as the new top weight.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x30x30x4x7 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Jason Collett 4 59.5kg 108
2 x56x211x34 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 5 58.5kg 106
3 3121x140x0 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 2 58kg 105
4 07713116×1 THE CANDY MAN Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 12 58kg 105
5 6x010x040x CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees James McDonald 11 57kg 103
6 x11150x3x5 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 3 55.5kg 100
7 71826249×6 MISS FABULASS Kris Lees Glen Boss 7 54.5kg 102
8 7x40410x00 INTERLOCUTER (USA) Richard Litt Ms Louise Day (a) 8 54kg 54kg 95
9 3x11445x61 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 6 54kg 88
10 501x8580x0 KUBRICK Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 13 54kg 86
11 4x1279x315 MCCORMACK Tracey Bartley Ms Kathy O’Hara 10 54kg 82
12 x6516438x3 ROYAL TUDOR Rodney Ollerton Ms Rachel King 9 54kg 82
13 2717554527 ONDO PASA Stan Thomas Grant Buckley 1 54kg 65

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Cameron Handicap Nominations

Nominations for the Cameron Handicap are taken the Monday leading-up to Newcastle Gold Cup Day and will be published below once announced.

The 2020 Cameron Handicap nominations feature a bumper 20 potential Group 1-bound spring hopefuls including Hawkes Racing’s reigning champion Rock and Chris Waller’s recent Tramway Handicap third placed Reloaded.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 6x010x040x CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 103
2 642317×506 CINQUEDEA (NZ) G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 83
3 7x40410x00 INTERLOCUTER (USA) G 8 Richard Litt 95
4 3131037×31 JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 94
5 3x11445x61 JUST THINKIN’ G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 88
6 501x8580x0 KUBRICK G 4 Chris Waller 86
7 x30x30x4x7 LE ROMAIN G 8 Kris Lees 108
8 6832022×07 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS G 6 Jarrod Austin 97
9 4x1279x315 MCCORMACK G 5 Tracey Bartley 82
10 71826249×6 MISS FABULASS M 5 Kris Lees 102
11 8822x1180x MISS SISKA M 7 Matthew Smith 106
12 Px712561x3 MISSYBEEL (NZ) M 6 Bjorn Baker 94
13 31x50340x3 NUDGE M 4 Chris Waller 85
14 2717554527 ONDO PASA M 7 Stan Thomas 65
15 3121x140x0 QUACKERJACK G 5 Mark Newnham 105
16 23x82435x3 RELOADED H 4 Chris Waller 100
17 x11150x3x5 ROCK G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
18 x6516438x3 ROYAL TUDOR G 8 Rodney Ollerton 82
19 x56x211x34 SPECIAL REWARD G 5 Kris Lees 106
20 07713116×1 THE CANDY MAN G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 105

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Cameron Handicap History

The Cameron Handicap was inaugurated in 1937 and has continued to provide great racing entertainment since. The race is named after James George Cameron, who was born in Newcastle to a very large family. He built Cameron’s Family Hotel in Broadmeadow, a home on Cameron’s Hill and purchased land nearby the racecourse. Tibbie, after whom the Tibbie Stakes is named, was part-owned by Cameron. James George Cameron served the Newcastle Jockey Club as president for 25 years and was instrumental in the construction of Newcastle Racecourse.

The Cameron Handicap was a listed race from its inauguration until the 2005 edition ran as a Group 3 event for the first time. It has remained at that grade since. In 2011, the distance was changed to the current 1500m.

In 2020 Rock made history becoming the first back-to-back Cameron Handicap winner in history having also won the event in 2019.

Notable Cameron Handicap winners include Luskin Star (1977), Cheval Cavalier (1990), Court’s In Session (2006) and Toydini (2013). Cameron Handicap results with winning times are listed below.

Cameron Handicap Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Cameron Handicap
1st Rock 1 minute 29.46 seconds
2nd Just Thinkin’
3rd Chief Ironside
2019
Cameron Handicap
1st Rock 1 minute 29.46 seconds
2nd Articus
3rd Nettoyer
2018
Cameron Handicap
1st New Tipperary 1 minute 29.88 seconds
2nd Red Excitement
3rd Best Of Days
2017
Cameron Handicap
1st Got Unders 1 minute 29.5 seconds
2nd Sound Proposition
3rd Spectroscope
2016
Cameron Handicap
1st Chetwood 1 minute 18.3 seconds
2nd Le Romain
3rd Famous Seamus
2015
Cameron Handicap
1st Forget 1 minute 29.6 seconds
2nd Malice
3rd Wouldnt It Be Nice
2014
Cameron Handicap
1st Hooked 1 minute 32.3 seconds
2nd Rugged Cross
3rd Mighty Lucky
2013
Cameron Handicap
1st Toydini 1 minute 29.1 seconds
2nd High Esteem
3rd Scream Machine
2012
Cameron Handicap
1st Rolling Pin 1 minute 29.1 seconds
2nd Lightinthenite
3rd Offenders
2011
Cameron Handicap
1st Raspberries 1 minute 29.6 seconds
2nd Light Brigade
3rd Kaunda
2010
Cameron Handicap
1st Kenny’s World 1 minute 15.3 seconds
2nd Prince Braeman
3rd Chasm
2009
Cameron Handicap
1st Absolutelyfabulous 1 minute 16.3 seconds
2nd Black Piranha
3rd McClintock
2008
Cameron Handicap
1st Raheeb 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Ashikaga
3rd Falaise
2007
Cameron Handicap
Race Not Held  
2006
Cameron Handicap
1st Court’s In Session 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Malcolm
3rd Mac’s Tune
2005
Cameron Handicap
1st Collate 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Mr Celebrity
3rd Cincinatti Gal
2004
Cameron Handicap
1st Osca Warrior 1 minute 22.6 seconds
2nd Shamekha
3rd Tsuimai
2003
Cameron Handicap
1st Archave 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Britt’s Best
3rd Stoway
2002
Cameron Handicap
1st Excellerator 1 minute 24.4 seconds
2nd Hey Pronto
3rd Mowerman
2001
Cameron Handicap
1st Kingsgate 1 minute 17.3 seconds
2nd Lord Essex
3rd Maitland Gold
2000
Cameron Handicap
1st Mulan Princess 1 minute 22.0 seconds
2nd Kenconcarne
3rd Spying

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