2014 Newmarket Handicap Betting – Shamexpress Equal Favourite

March 6, 2014

2014 Newmarket Handicap Betting – Shamexpress Equal Favourite

Shamexpress

Shamexpress is out to defend their Newmarket Handicap title on the weekend. Photo: Sarah Ebbett.

After some early money from the punters the Danny O’Brien-trained Shamexpress has firmed into equal favourite with fellow four-year-old Lankan Rupee to win Saturday’s Newmarket Handicap 2014.

One of two elite level features running at Flemington Racecourse this weekend, the $1 million Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) yesterday drew a final field of 15 exciting sprinters.

Updated Newmarket Handicap betting markets have now also been released with a tight three-horse battle for top spot.

Currently it is the nicely-drawn O’Reilly stallion Shamexpress (barrier three) and Redoute’s Choice gelding Lankan Rupee out wide in barrier 13 sharing $4.60 favouritisim with the punters.

Shamexpress returns this Melbourne Festival of Racing to defend their Newmarket Handicap crown having beaten home the Peter Moody-trained Moment Of Change by just a short head to take it out last year.

They were then sent for a testing European campaign where they failed to step up.

Upon returning in the spring they were ninth to Buffering first-up, albeit beaten under two lengths, before improving with their second to the same Brisbane hero in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic.

This prep Shamexpress resumed on February 15 at Flemington and finished a half length off Snitzerland in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m), an effort they are tipped to improve on when they step up in distance here.

Lankan Rupee hasn’t got quite as much experience as their noted rival but they have twice been tested at Group 1 level.

The first was as a juvenile in November of 2012 where they ran eighth to Nechita in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Flying under the radar for the next year they caught the eye again this spring just gone with back-to-back stakes wins in Melbourne including a two and a half length victory over Hot Snitzel in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

Their first run this time in was a beauty as they put an easy four lengths on their closest rivals in a methodical Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) victory.

They were away well again next start hitting the lead over the final 200m and holding on to post their first Group 1 triumph in a tidy Oakleigh Plate effort over 1100m on February 22.

The other major player in the latest Newmarket Handicap odds at $4.80 is then Samaready in gate nine with Craig Newitt retaining his association on Mick Price’s star mare.

A four-year-old daughter of boom sire More Than Ready Samaready is herself a dual Group 1 winner (2012 Blue Diamond Stakes, 2013 Moir Stakes).

She is second-up here, the same as she was when putting four lengths on Buffering to win the Moir, following a solid third upon resuming in the Black Caviar at the track.

The only other single figure chance in the field at $9.50 is then last year’s runner-up Moment Of Change shooting for their third Group 1 win on the trot.

A champion Barley A Moment five-year-old, Moment Of Change narrowly defeated Eurozone in the CF Orr Stakes on February 8 before coming back a fortnight later to do it again this time over Sertorius in the Futurity.

While Moment Of Change is flying and comes into the race off some hard-to-fault form they do have the 58kg top weight to overcome compared to Lankan Rupee (56.5kg), Samaready (56kg) and Shamexpress (56kg).

The next best in betting just outside of these is then 52.5kg light weight Knoydart ($10) in barrier four with Tim Clark aboard the Peter Snowden-trained gelding.

This will be the More Than Ready four-year-old’s second Group 1 assignment after their fast finishing third to Lankan Rupee in the Oakleigh.

Also in the mix at juicer odds are then the likes of Cranbourne galloper Unpretentious ($15) and Tony Gollan’s Oakleigh Plate runner-up Spirit Of Boom ($16) ready to improve.

See below for the full Newmarket Handicap 2014 fixed win prices available now online at Ladbrokes.com.au who will be offering an exclusive Newmarket Handicap betting offer to their customers shortly!

2014 Newmarket Handicap Odds

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Sandown Guineas 2020 Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field & Odds Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

Despite a last start failure in the Melbourne Cup the Godolphin-raced Avilius...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oli...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his sixth success in the 162nd running of the...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020:...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020: Personal Wins The Oaks

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day continues the racing action of the Melbourne Cup...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Fleming...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

Day 3 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Flemington Racecourse...

Horse Racing Today

2021 Stradbroke Handicap Resul...

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Conv...

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Converge Scores Third Win for Gai Waterhouse

Saturday turned into a profitable day for punters at Eagle Farm as Gai...

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Resul...

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Results: Vega One Beats Jonker In Gollan Quinella

Queensland horseman Tony Gollan celebrated a huge result in the...

Queensland Derby 2021 Results:...

Queensland Derby 2021 Results: Waller Runs Quinella With Kukeracha & Senor Toba

Master trainer Chris Waller celebrated his 21st career Group 1 quinella with...

2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Si...

2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Sires’ Winner Tiger Of Malay

The good run of two-year-olds this season for the Golden Slipper winning...

Race Results

2021 Stradbroke Handicap Results: Tofane Upsets Vega One, Signore Fox Third

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Converge Scores Third Win for Gai Waterhouse

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Results: Vega One Beats Jonker In Gollan Quinella

Queensland Derby 2021 Results: Waller Runs Quinella With Kukeracha & Senor Toba

2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Sires’ Winner Tiger Of Malay

Race Previews

2021 Brisbane Cup Field & Betting: Top Three Hard to Split

Stradbroke Handicap 2021 Barriers & Betting Update: Vega One Draws 4

2021 The Q22 Field & Betting: Zaaki Odds-On

Converge Leads 2021 JJ Atkins Field & Odds

Vega One Heads 2021 Stradbroke Handicap Field & Odds

Fields & Form

2021 Brisbane Cup Field & Betting: Top Three Hard to Split

Stradbroke Handicap 2021 Barriers & Betting Update: Vega One Draws 4

2021 The Q22 Field & Betting: Zaaki Odds-On

Converge Leads 2021 JJ Atkins Field & Odds

Vega One Heads 2021 Stradbroke Handicap Field & Odds