2021 Newmarket Handicap Nominations: Bivouac Back to Defend Title

January 19, 2021

2021 Newmarket Handicap Nominations: Bivouac Back to Defend Title

The Newmarket Handicap 2021 nominations attracted 56 sprinters for the ‘Super Saturday’ showdown including the Godolphin-raced Bivouac who is out to become the second dual champion in five years.

Bivouac Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Reigning champion Bivouac is one of the headline 2021 Newmarket Handicap nominations this autumn. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

On Monday Racing Victoria took nominations for three of the upcoming Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival features including those for the Group 1 $1.25 million Seppelt Wines Newmarket Handicap (1200m).

Run alongside the Group 1 $1.5 million Australian Cup (2000m) at HQ on Saturday the 6th of March, this season’s Newmarket Handicap is shaping up as another thriller down the iconic ‘Straight Six’.

Among the standout early entries for the classic is last years winner, the James Cummings-trained Bivouac, the Exceed And Excel entire boasting a terrific Flemington record (3:2-1-0).

The now four-year-old took out last year’s Newmarket Handicap second-up by over two lengths and enjoyed another win at the track and distance during the Melbourne Cup Carnival with a runaway three length effort over Nature Strip in the Group 1 VRC Classic (1200m).

The dominant straight track performer is looking to emulate Redkirk Warrior (2017-18) as the last back-to-back Newmarket Handicap champ and is at a current all-in quote of $8 through Ladbrokes.com.au to do so.

Sitting top of the post-nomination Newmarket Handicap betting markets at $6 is the Chris Waller-trained filly September Run, another Group 1 winner down the 1200m straight at Flemington.

Her elite level success came over the boys in Derby Day last start in the spring when the progressive daughter of Exceed And Excel took her winning streak at Flemington to three straight with a nearly two length victory in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Waller won the Newmarket Handicap back in 2015 with Brazen Beau and, along with the early favourite, has a further three nominations in 2021 as he chases another led by Nature Strip.

A winner of just under $6 million in career prize money, Nicconi six-year-old Nature Strip is a four-time Flemington winner from six runs at the track.

He has enjoyed four Group 1 victories to date – two in Sydney and two in Melbourne – including most recently the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick last April.

His last Victorian win meanwhile was in the 2019 VRC Derby.

While it’s been a while between drinks south of the border for Nature Stirp, he did place second in the VRC Classic to Bivouac as mentioned last November and looked strong in a recent Rosehill trial ahead of his autumn return.

Rounding out the Waller-trained Newmarket entries are consistent stable stalwart Imaging and Zoustar mare Haut Brion Her who ran third and second respectively behind Gytrash in Rosehill’s $1 million Winners Stakes last October.

Other notable Newmarket Handicap nominees include Peter & Paul Snowden’s Snitzel colt Wild Ruler last seen running third in the Coolmore Stud Stakes, Blue Diamond winning juvenile Tagaloa looking to return to his best and the untapped Hawkes Racing-trained filly Written Beauty.

Newmarket Handicap first acceptances close at midday on Tuesday the 16th of February, 2021 with all-in markets on the event available in full here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Newmarket Handicap Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 63x230424x AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 101
2 8x8675x22x ALBUMIN G 6 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 89
3 227247×424 ALBURQ G 4 Michael Moroney 72
4 413x226x82 AMISH BOY C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
5 x211x1130x ANDERS C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 90
6 1114215×23 AWAY GAME F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
7 31x1622x AYSAR C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 105
8 x111x139x0 BELLA VELLA M 6 Will Clarken
9 61365x321x BIVOUAC H 4 James Cummings
10 38x466633x BOLD STAR G 5 Gordon Richards 96
11 x535x1344x BROOKLYN HUSTLE M 4 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 100
12 611x12122x CELEBRITY QUEEN M 4 Grant & Alana Williams
13 12x235407x DALASAN H 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 105
14 3174x1114x DAME GISELLE F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
15 x5465x358x DEPRIVE G 6 James Cummings
16 8111x3413x DIRTY WORK H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
17 308x85220x DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR G 8 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 104
18 11x5134x DOUBTLAND C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 92
19 x411Dx111x ELITE STREET G 4 Daniel Morton 109.5
20 602x29010x FLIT M 4 James Cummings 108
21 3212x5462x GARNER G 4 Gordon Richards 92
22 0x450x1680 GRAFF H 5 Danny O’Brien
23 259x1117x5 HALVORSEN G 5 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 97
24 x1120x492x HANSEATIC C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 92
25 1221x1752x HAUT BRION HER M 5 Chris Waller 108
26 3129x8415x HEY DOC G 7 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
27 100x34303x IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
28 1131×13915 INDIAN PACIFIC G 4 Neville Parnham
29 4x8x35311x KEMALPASA G 5 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 107
30 423x26462x LYRE M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 102
31 51x11x238x MASKED CRUSADER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
32 25208x125x MUNTASEERA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 80
33 x411x2472x NATURE STRIP G 6 Chris Waller
34 727x62442x OSAMU C 3 Annabel Neasham 74
35 OXLEY ROAD C 3 Peter G Moody
36 116162x48x PRAGUE C 3 Annabel Neasham 91
37 22x713758x PRETTY BRAZEN M 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 104
38 x825x3352x PROPHET’S THUMB M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 92
39 23x25318x RANTING (NZ) C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 91
40 75x1219x13 ROHERYN G 5 James Cummings
41 2766x1801x SAVATIANO M 6 James Cummings 110
42 4x11x5111x SEPTEMBER RUN F 3 Chris Waller
43 11210x110x SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
44 12560x311x SIRIUS SUSPECT G 6 Saab Hasan 98
45 40x425x113 SNAPDANCER M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
46 x160x5528x STANDOUT H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
47 2214×11110 STOLEN JADE M 4 Clarry Conners
48 10x2112x SWATS THAT F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 100
49 x4124x360x TAGALOA C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 101
50 11x21x4 THE BOPPER G 3 Kris Lees
51 4x27x1x22x TOMMY GOLD (NZ) C 3 John O’Shea 71
52 441211x34x VIRIDINE G 6 James Cummings 108
53 1x238x113x WILD RULER C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
54 21x111x WRITTEN BEAUTY F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 86
55 64x1x YULONG CODE C 3 Peter G Moody 62
56 x2400x114x ZOUTORI G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra

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