2018 Newmarket Handicap Nominations Feature Redkirk Warrior

January 30, 2018

2018 Newmarket Handicap Nominations Feature Redkirk Warrior

Defending champion Redkirk Warrior is among the Newmarket Handicap 2018 nominations taken for this autumn’s edition of the famous Flemington sprint.

Redkirk Warrior

Reigning champion Redkirk Warrior is among the standout 2018 Newmarket Handicap nominations taken for this autumn’s classic. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Last Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival the Lindsay Park-trained Hong Kong import broke a century long hoodoo winning the Group 1 $1.25 million Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) first-up.

The now seven-year-old is again set for a resuming run in the Newmarket Handicap, the classic set to run down the straight on March 10 as part of ‘Super Saturday’.

If successful, Redkirk Warrior will be the first back-to-back Newmarket Handicap winner since Razor Sharp (1982-83) 25 years ago.

The official Newmarket Handicap nominations closed on Tuesday and Racing Victoria received 56 early entries.

Along with the reigning winner co-trainer David Hayes and the Lindsay Park stable have also nominated for a further 10 sprinters.

Among their other standout hopefuls are last weekend’s Group 2 Australia Stakes winning four-year-old Thronum, class mare Sheidel, Coolmore Stud Stakes third placed filly Formality and last autumn’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy.

Headlining the nominations though is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel whose first-up run is scheduled for February 17 in the Group 1 $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m).

The gun son of Snitzel extended his winning streak to six on the trot at the same track and distance as the Newmarket Handicap last November taking out the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m).

That followed the outstanding five-year-old’s Sydney win in the inaugural edition of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) and took his career earnings up to just shy of $7.8 million.

Team Snowden chase their maiden Newmarket Handicap victory and have also nominated for last year’s Blue Diamond second placed Redoute’s Choice colt Pariah along with The Galaxy winning entire Russian Revolution.

Leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir is also after his first Newmarket Handicap win and has five entries led by his Japanese import Brave Smash, third to Redzel in The Everest trifecta last October.

Another big name on the list of potential Newmarket Handicap horses this autumn is triple TJ Smith Stakes winning grey Chautauqua.

Boasting an excellent Flemington record (9:4-3-1), the seven-year-old Encosta De Lago gelding for Hawkes Racing ran fourth in both The Everest and Darley Classic to see out his spring.

Chautauqua was runner-up in the 2015 Newmarket Handicap and third in the 2016 edition, but missed last year’s race.

Also proven down the 1200m straight six at elite level is the Aaron Purcell-trained Merchant Navy.

A recent acquisition for Coolmore, the three-year-old son of Fastnet Rock was last seen winning the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on VRC Derby Day.

If successful, Merchant Navy will become the fifth three-year-old in the past decade to take out the Newmarket Handicap and the first since Brazen Beau (2015).

Other standout Newmarket Handicap nominees include the Tony McEvoy-trained last start Manikato Stakes winner Hey Doc, Robert Hickmott’s flying Nicconi three-year-old Nature Strip who posted a third win on the trot in the Inglis Dash on January 20 and the consistent Rich Charm for Cranbourne trainer Mrs Udyta Clarke.

The Newmarket Handicap 2018 first acceptances close on February 20 and all-in betting is set to open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 Newmarket Handicap Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 10/03/2018

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 11x ARDROSSAN C 3 Mick Price 71
2 x39x93730x ARTLEE G 7 Kris Lees 97
3 960x31160x BON AURUM H 5 Aaron Purcell 105
4 12x2316x BOOKER F 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 90
5 344x2123x5 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) H 5 Darren Weir 107
6 112×3 BRAVO TANGO C 3 Mitchell Freedman 72
7 516111250x CANNYESCENT G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 96
8 110x21330x CATCHY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
9 3231x7644x CHAUTAUQUA G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 115
10 x9113x385x CLEARLY INNOCENT G 6 Kris Lees 110
11 111x4x CROWN WITNESS F 3 Henry Dwyer 80
12 11x214119x DEPLOY G 5 Gerald Ryan 108
13 81368x008x DERRYN H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
14 311900821x FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
15 x98x4408x4 FLAMBERGE G 8 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 110
16 302x11013x FORMALITY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
17 x21x78192x FUHRYK M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
18 1x2247x12x GLENALL H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 93
19 21302x19x6 GLOBAL GLAMOUR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 108
20 34423x654x HELLBENT H 5 Darren Weir 105
21 1196x1401x HEY DOC G 4 Tony McEvoy 113
22 83x477100x I AM A STAR (NZ) M 4 Shane Nichols 106
23 1x29x I DID IT AGAIN G 3 Greg Eurell 70
24 50020x267x ILLUSTRIOUS LAD G 6 Peter Gelagotis 104
25 21x4320x KEMENTARI C 3 James Cummings 100
26 275537×514 KEN’S DREAM G 4 Darren Weir 90
27 3112x4F54x LIMESTONE F 3 Darren Weir 78
28 x415x66x16 LORD OF THE SKY H 7 Robbie Laing 106
29 1351x30x3x LUCKY LIBERTY G 6 Henry Dwyer 90
30 25x643700x MALIBU STYLE G 6 Neville Parnham 96
31 111x101x MERCHANT NAVY C 3 Aaron Purcell 108
32 2x1449729x MISSROCK M 4 Robbie Laing 104
33 311x1220x2 MR SNEAKY G 4 Anthony Freedman 100
34 12111 NATURE STRIP G 3 Robert Hickmott 84
35 1220x129x PARIAH C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 91
36 24x21x2 PREZADO G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 78
37 1x105x100x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 111
38 2211x1111x REDZEL G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 116
39 34111x411x RICH CHARM G 5 Udyta Clarke 103
40 011x43765x ROCK MAGIC G 8 Chris Gangemi 106
41 14x164x10x RUSSIAN REVOLUTION H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 109
42 43816x80x7 SARACINO (NZ) G 4 Michael Moroney 97
43 1x1x71192x SAVANNA AMOUR M 4 Chris Meagher 103
44 11x121x10x SHE WILL REIGN F 3 Gary Portelli 112
45 1460x4359x SHEIDEL M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 109
46 x12121x11x SNITTY KITTY M 4 Henry Dwyer 101
47 x22833005x SO SI BON H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 95
48 110208×613 STELLAR COLLISION G 5 Darren Weir 95
49 3x180x188x SUPER CASH M 5 Andrew Noblet 107
50 13x930x15x SUPIDO H 6 Michael Kent 103
51 x4810x950x SWEET SHERRY M 4 Brent Stanley 95
52 212x22150x THEANSWERMYFRIEND G 4 Henry Dwyer 96
53 21306x13x1 THRONUM H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
54 4135x2450x TULIP F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 81
55 11x115x VIRIDINE C 3 James Cummings 90
56 14x160x117 VOLPE VELOCE M 4 Graham Richardson 105

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