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The Cameron Handicap is a Group 3 event held at Newcastle Racecourse in mid-September on Newcastle Gold Cup Day.

2017 Cameron Handicap Results

  • 1st: #9 Got Unders
  • 2nd: #1 Sound Proposition
  • 3rd: #3 Spectroscope

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 $150,000 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 involves three Group 3 races besides the Cameron Handicap; the Spring Stakes (1600m), 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 2 Warwick 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 2017 Cameron Handicap was held on September 15, 2017.

Cameron Handicap 2017
Date: September 15, 2017
Track: Newcastle Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2017 Cameron Handicap Results

  • 1st: #9 Got Unders
  • 2nd: #1 Sound Proposition
  • 3rd: #3 Spectroscope
Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 9 GOT UNDERS Jay Hopkins Tim Clark 2 54kg $26
2 1 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) Kris Lees Blake Shinn 0.11L 4 59kg $3.70
3 3 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 4.88L 6 55.5kg $4.40
4 7 SPECIAL MISSILE John P Thompson Brenton Avdulla 4.92L 1 54kg $2.70F
5 4 THE VIRGINIAN Brett Cavanough Jason Collett 6.21L 5 54kg $9
6 2 MAURUS (GB) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 6.78L 7 56kg $16
7 5 LUNAR RISE John Sargent Jeff Penza 11.19L 8 54kg $151
8 6 KINGSGUARD (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 17.56L 3 54kg $12
8 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 0

2017 Cameron Handicap Betting Odds

The top Newcastle racing odds and Cameron Handicap 2017 betting market links to will be available below the week of the race.

2017 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.

In 2017 the Cameron Handicap Field drew nine final acceptors, cut to eight with the early scratching of No Doubt, including the in-form Kris Lees-trained top weight Sound Proposition (59kg) chasing a third win on the trot and the flying Special Missile who leads betting after drawing barrier one who has won his last five on the trot.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x480x35011 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) Kris Lees Blake Shinn 4 59kg 107
2 9028x337x7 MAURUS (GB) John P Thompson Blake Spriggs 8 56kg 101
3 433x1106x7 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 6 55.5kg 100
4 x66x147629 THE VIRGINIAN Brett Cavanough Jason Collett 5 54kg 97
5 00x95109x8 LUNAR RISE John Sargent Jeff Penza 9 54kg 90
6 13×3301712 KINGSGUARD (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 3 54kg 89
7 72×3211111 SPECIAL MISSILE John P Thompson Brenton Avdulla 1 54kg 88
8 2x53526x42 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 7 54kg 87
9 2122856×70 GOT UNDERS Jay Hopkins Tim Clark 2 54kg 81

2017 Cameron Handicap Nominations

The Cameron Handicap nominations are released by Racing NSW on the Monday of race week and will be available in full below once announced.

The 2017 Cameron Handicap Nominations drew 18 hopefuls including Sense Of Occasion allocated the early 62kg top weight and two other Kris Lees-trained runners. Ecuador also featured in the early entries, but is tipped to take on Winx in the 2017 George Main Stakes at Randwick the following day.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x12x3361x8 SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees 1 62kg 113
2 x113380x34 ECUADOR (NZ) G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2 60.5kg 110
3 1541112×13 INVINCIBLE GEM M 4 Kris Lees 3 57.5kg 108
4 x480x35011 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 4 59kg 107
5 9028x337x7 MAURUS (GB) G 7 John P Thompson 5 56kg 101
6 433x1106x7 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) H 5 James Cummings 6 55.5kg 100
7 x66x147629 THE VIRGINIAN G 5 Brett Cavanough 7 54kg 97
8 24x447x051 SOMEDAY G 9 Desleigh Forster 8 54kg 95
9 111x62745x NEW TIPPERARY G 5 Joseph Pride 9 54kg 94
10 00x95109x8 LUNAR RISE G 8 John Sargent 10 54kg 90
11 13×3301712 KINGSGUARD (NZ) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 11 54kg 89
12 72×3211111 SPECIAL MISSILE G 4 John P Thompson 12 54kg 88
13 2x53526x42 NO DOUBT H 5 Anthony & Edward Cummings 13= 54kg 87
14 330316×071 O’REILLY’S REVENGE (NZ) G 7 Paul Murray 13= 54kg 87
15 2122856×70 GOT UNDERS G 8 Jay Hopkins 15 54kg 81
16 33615×4315 DARCI’S AFFAIR (NZ) G 7 Paul Murray 16 54kg 79
17 24×5732043 REIBY THE RED G 6 Jason Attard 17= 54kg 76
18 64462434×4 VIOLATE H 4 Brent Stanley 17= 54kg 76

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.

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
Cameron Handicap
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Cameron Handicap
1st Got Unders 1 minute 29.5 seconds
2nd Sound Proposition
3rd Spectroscope
Cameron Handicap
1st Chetwood 1 minute 18.3 seconds
2nd Le Romain
3rd Famous Seamus
Cameron Handicap
1st Forget 1 minute 29.6 seconds
2nd Malice
3rd Wouldnt It Be Nice
Cameron Handicap
1st Hooked 1 minute 32.3 seconds
2nd Rugged Cross
3rd Mighty Lucky
Cameron Handicap
1st Toydini 1 minute 29.1 seconds
2nd High Esteem
3rd Scream Machine
Cameron Handicap
1st Rolling Pin 1 minute 29.1 seconds
2nd Lightinthenite
3rd Offenders
Cameron Handicap
1st Raspberries 1 minute 29.6 seconds
2nd Light Brigade
3rd Kaunda
Cameron Handicap
1st Kenny’s World 1 minute 15.3 seconds
2nd Prince Braeman
3rd Chasm
Cameron Handicap
1st Absolutelyfabulous 1 minute 16.3 seconds
2nd Black Piranha
3rd McClintock
Cameron Handicap
1st Raheeb 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Ashikaga
3rd Falaise
Cameron Handicap
Race Not Held  
Cameron Handicap
1st Court’s In Session 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Malcolm
3rd Mac’s Tune
Cameron Handicap
1st Collate 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Mr Celebrity
3rd Cincinatti Gal
Cameron Handicap
1st Osca Warrior 1 minute 22.6 seconds
2nd Shamekha
3rd Tsuimai
Cameron Handicap
1st Archave 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Britt’s Best
3rd Stoway
Cameron Handicap
1st Excellerator 1 minute 24.4 seconds
2nd Hey Pronto
3rd Mowerman
Cameron Handicap
1st Kingsgate 1 minute 17.3 seconds
2nd Lord Essex
3rd Maitland Gold
Cameron Handicap
1st Mulan Princess 1 minute 22.0 seconds
2nd Kenconcarne
3rd Spying

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