Three-Year-Olds Top 2020 Newmarket Handicap Nominations & Odds

January 24, 2020

Three-Year-Olds Top 2020 Newmarket Handicap Nominations & Odds

The three-year-olds look a force to be reckoned with on Super Saturday in March as a host of young sprinters dominate the Newmarket Handicap 2020 nominations released this week.

Exceedance. Photo: Steve Hart.

Exceedance is one of the early favourites in 2020 Newmarket Handicap betting this autumn. Photo: Steve Hart.

Accompanying the Australian Cup on the Flemington card on March 8, this year’s Group 1 $1.25 million Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap (1200m) attracted 60 nominations.

Among the early entries are 21 three-year-olds, three of which are among the top four in all-in Newmarket Handicap betting at

Sitting top of the odds at $7 is Exceedance for Team Hawkes, the Exceed And Excel colt last seen winning the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) over the Newmarket Handicap track and distance last Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Exceedance shares the top line of betting with five-year-old Nature Strip for Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller who chases a second Newmarket Handicap win following his success with Brazen Beau (2015).

Nature Strip, like Exceedance, is also a proven Group 1 winner down the famous Flemington ‘Straight Six’ track having taken out last year’s VRC Classic in November by over three lengths.

That was the gelding’s fourth win from as many starts at HQ making the three-time Group 1 winner a genuine Flemington track specialist.

Waller has also nominated for his Magic Millions Sprint winning Zoustar mare Madam Rouge along with another of the top fancied three-year-olds in the mix, Yes Yes Yes.

A well-bred son of Rubick, Yes Yes Yes improved on a second in the Golden Rose over 1400m at Rosehill in late September to win the $14 million The Everest (1200m) in October at Royal Randwick.

He was previously raced by Darren Weir in Victoria and won his only previous Flemington start when breaking his maiden status over 1100m second-up in December of 2018.

The Everest winner is at current Newmarket Handicap odds of $10 just behind the $8 second elect Bivouac for Godolphin.

The James Cummings-trained Golden Rose winner beat both Yes Yes Yes (2nd) and Exceedance (3rd) ion the 1400m feature before a luckless sixth as the beaten favourite in Moonee Valley’s Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) and second in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Two-time Flemington winner Microphone is another three-year-old Newmarket Handicap nominee for Godolphin, the Exceed And Excel colt having won Sydney’s Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) last April on the back of a Golden Slipper second.

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Manikato Stakes winner Loving Gaby who ran second to Nature Strip in the VRC Classic and Anthony Freedmans’ Coomore Stud Stakes third placegetter Libertini are the best fancied of the fillies in the mix.

Sunlight won the Newmarket Handicap as a three-year-old filly last Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival but misses out on the chance to defend her title after undergoing surgery for an off-season injury.

Two-time The Everest winner Redzel for Peter & Paul Snowden is also among the other highest rated Newmarket Handicap nominees along with Winterbottom Stakes champ Hey Doc and Memsie Stakes winner Scales Of Justice.

The Newmarket Handicap 2020 first acceptances close on February 18, 2020 with the latest markets on the sprint feature available here courtesy of

2020 Newmarket Handicap Nominations

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 122x51123x AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 101
2 1x2517x1 ALABAMA EXPRESS C 3 Michael Moroney 81
3 236x53x214 ALBURQ G 3 Michael Moroney 73
4 110x180x13 ALL TOO ROYAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 95
5 461x93513x ANAHEED F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 102
6 75x2114x3 BANQUO C 3 Danny O’Brien 73
7 41x121162x BIVOUAC C 3 James Cummings
8 4025x2255x BONS AWAY G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
9 32x BORN A WARRIOR C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
10 152x113x CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 82
11 x2218x216x COSMIC FORCE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 95
12 x11x12714x DEPRIVE G 5 James Cummings 107
13 1110x4509x DESPATCH G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 106
14 13x1331x EXCEEDANCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
15 1320x1487x FAATINAH G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 104
16 1130x FREE OF DEBT C 3 Chris Bieg 78
17 44x601232x GLENALL G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
18 x18x21322x GOD OF THUNDER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 88
19 x113011x2x GYTRASH G 4 Gordon Richards 97
20 41259x111x HALVORSEN G 4 Robbie Griffiths 97
21 139832316x HAUNTED G 5 James Cummings 98
22 300x38231x HAWKER HURRICANE G 3 Michael Moroney 79
23 1x7x58x31x HEY DOC G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 113
24 41466x116x HUMMA HUMMA M 4 John McArdle 99
25 368105x77x I AM EXCITED M 5 David Pfieffer 106
26 117x7x I AM IMMORTAL C 3 Anthony Freedman 79
27 211x1133x LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings 98
28 6422x1212x LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 110
29 1113x4274x LYRE F 3 Anthony Freedman 100
30 0022×41011 MADAM ROUGE M 4 Chris Waller
31 2x148x MAKING WHOOPEE M 4 Anthony Cummings
32 221424347x MALIBU STYLE G 8 Neville Parnham
33 1x7158250x MANUEL G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 109
34 121121x3x MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 105
35 238x23x212 MONTENEGRO MAN G 4 Mark Kavanagh 73
36 918x92332x MYSTYKO (NZ) G 6 Trevor Rogers 93
37 x31510x41x NATIVE SOLDIER H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 98
38 1014x4141x NATURE STRIP G 5 Chris Waller
39 111x24214x PARSIFAL (NZ) G 5 Will Clarken 96
40 127x11102x PIPPIE M 4 John & Chris Meagher 97
41 x2862x138x REDZEL G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden
42 1x153x493x ROCK MAGIC G 10 Chris Gangemi
43 3x11x6515x SAMIZDAT G 4 Chris Gangemi
44 0x53x1215x SCALES OF JUSTICE G 7 Lindsey Smith 113
45 4x038x111x SISSTAR F 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 83
46 634x02151x SOOTHING M 5 James Cummings 104
47 196x21930x SPANISH WHISPER M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
48 x1111x56x2 SPECIAL REWARD G 4 Kris Lees
49 28218x500x STRASBOURG C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 79
50 2x21x3x SUN CITY C 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 76
51 650x05120x TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 6 Kris Lees
52 1118x1110x THE INEVITABLE G 4 Scott Brunton
53 11x4165x4 TIME TO REIGN C 3 Gary Portelli 94
54 152x41011x TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 103
55 x6x0446x1x TONY NICCONI G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 84
56 1272x229x TROPE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 99
57 11125x5x VEGADAZE G 4 Anthony Cummings
58 x1132x231x WILD PLANET G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 86
59 11x17x221x YES YES YES C 3 Chris Waller
60 1100x1336x ZOUTORI G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 104

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