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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.
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|35||OXLEY ROAD||C||3||Peter G Moody|
|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|
|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|
|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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