Spieth Leads 2017 Newmarket Handicap First Acceptances

February 21, 2017

Spieth Leads 2017 Newmarket Handicap First Acceptances

Luckless Sydney horseman Bryce Heys will attempt a maiden Group 1 win for a third time with stable star Spieth who is best-fancied sprinter among the Newmarket Handicap 2017 first acceptances.

Spieth

Dual Group 1 runner-up Spieth is early favourite in 2017 Newmarket Handicap betting to win the Flemington Super Saturday sprint on March 11. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Racing Victoria took first declarations on Tuesday for the Australian Guineas (March 4) as well as the two Flemington feature races on ‘Super Saturday’ on March 11.

The $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) is down to 27 hopefuls for the weight-for-age feature including unlikely acceptor Winx, while the $1.25 million Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) drew 31 entries.

Down from 66 nominations, the Newmarket Handicap first acceptances and updated futures odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by Thorn Park four-year-old Sydney visitor Spieth ($4.50).

During the Melbourne Cup Carnival the stallion lost the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) over the Newmarket Handicap track and distance by a nostril flare to Malaguerra.

He was the hard luck story again first-up last weekend back at Flemington Racecourse when caught up for a run to go down by the barest margins finishing second to Terravista in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m).

The bookmakers now have the perennial placegetter as favourite in pre-field Newmarket Handicap betting to atone and ease the pain felt by Heys after the two close calls.

Joe Pride’s veteran Black Caviar Lightning winner Terravista saluted at double-figures and also features in the Newmarket Handicap first declarations chasing the Flemington Group 1 sprint double.

Winner of the 2014 Darley Classic, the now seven-year-old son of Captain Rio is at $17 in the latest markets to hand Pride his first Newmarket Handicap trophy.

Scratched at the barriers in the Black Caviar Lightning after getting caught under the gates pre-jump, Robbie Griffiths’ reigning Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback could be back to defend his title next month.

The Street Boss six-year-old looked in an awful position in the pre-race drama last Saturday, but has come through the ordeal with only a bit of skin off and a Newmarket Handicap title defence looks in order.

He has stellar form at Flemington (13-5-0-4) and pays $21 to become the first back-to-back Newmarket Handicap winner since Razor Sharp (1982-83).

In the past 10 years four three-year-olds have taken out the Newmarket Handicap, most recently Brazen Beau (2015).

This autumn there are still 10 youngsters in the mix led by the Mick Price-trained Flying Artie who occupies the second line of futures betting at $7.

Price won the race three years back with Lankan Rupee (2014) and hopes to do so again with Artie Schiller colt Flying Artie.

Winner of the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) against his own kind at Flemington during the spring, the youngster resumed with a seventh of nine runners in the Black Caviar Lightning.

He was only beaten 2.25 lengths in a blanket finish however and was always going to perform better getting back out to 1200m.

Other key three-year-old Newmarket Handicap first acceptors include the fellow Price-trained Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice who resumes in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate this weekend and Black Caviar Lightning third placed Star Witness colt Star Turn.

Chautauqua also still holds a Newmarket Handicap nomination despite talks he will be raced over further distance this season including the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) in Sydney on April 1.

The Team Hawkes-trained grey is a $6.5 million earner and sprint champion who has contested the past two editions of the Newmarket Handicap for a second in 2015 and third last autumn.

Chautauqua is being kept safe in betting at $11, equal with stablemate Star Turn, while Extreme Choice is at single-figures paying $9.

The Newmarket Handicap 2017 final field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 8.

In the meantime check out the full first acceptances below before checking out updated Newmarket Handicap and Super Saturday racing odds online now at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Newmarket Handicap First Acceptances

Flemington Racecourse – 11/04/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x6025x7542 BIG MONEY G 7 Rodney Northam 102
2 x1311x47x3 CHAUTAUQUA G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 116
3 217x2602x8 COUNTERATTACK H 4 Chris Waller 102
4 62x600x211 DAL CIELO (NZ) G 4 Kris Lees 93
5 11x477x25 EL DIVINO C 3 Darren Weir 89
6 1118x15x EXTREME CHOICE C 3 Mick Price 110
7 15x16225x7 FAATINAH G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 101
8 42156x323x FELL SWOOP G 5 Matthew Dale 108
9 1100x98x44 FLAMBERGE G 7 Darren Weir 112
10 2x123x11x7 FLYING ARTIE C 3 Mick Price 110
11 6x1x14x32 GUARD OF HONOUR C 3 Kris Lees 79
12 0x10113x34 HELLBENT H 4 Darren Weir 97
13 0x11134x31 HEY DOC G 3 Tony McEvoy 100
14 1x154231x2 I AM A STAR (NZ) F 3 Shane Nichols 105
15 121x1212x5 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD G 5 Peter Gelagotis 105
16 0834260335 INSPECTOR G 6 Peter White 85
17 1L0x55402x MISS PROMISCUITY M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 99
18 9x1x66735x MISSROCK F 3 Robbie Laing 81
19 x21x531x56 PEACOCK C 3 John O’Shea 75
20 5120x5x21x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 100
21 27x421152x SHEIDEL M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
22 x0111x12x2 SPIETH (NZ) H 4 Bryce Heys
23 256x1213x3 STAR TURN C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
24 1536x143x1 SUPER CASH M 4 Andrew Noblet 103
25 1x11x113x9 SUPIDO H 5 Michael Kent 100
26 242x256Px1 TARGET IN SIGHT G 7 Joseph Pride 105
27 3x296x20x1 TERRAVISTA G 7 Joseph Pride
28 61539x146x THE QUARTERBACK G 6 Robbie Griffiths 110
29 61x26330x1 TIVACI H 4 Michael Moroney 105
30 13 VILLA ROSA F 3 Ciaron Maher 63
31 212311210x VOODOO LAD G 5 Darren Weir 107

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