2022 Newmarket Handicap Nominations Feature Everest Hero Nature Strip

February 1, 2022

2022 Newmarket Handicap Nominations Feature Everest Hero Nature Strip

Chris Waller’s The Everest champion Nature Strip is one of the headline sprinters among the 62 Newmarket Handicap 2022 nominations taken this week ahead of next month’s ‘Super Saturday’ at Flemington.

Nature Strip (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Chris Waller’s The Everest hero Nature Strip features in the 2022 Newmarket Handicap nominations this autumn. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

On Monday Racing Victoria took early entries for the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) run on March 5, the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) on March 12 and the other feature on that same date the $1.5 million Yulong Stud Newmarket Handicap (1200m).

Sydney’s premier horseman Waller won the event back in 2015 with his then three-year-old colt Brazen Beau and returns in 2022 with four entries including $16 million earner Nature Strip.

A six-time winner from eight runs at HQ, the Nicconi seven-year-old was last seen posting a runaway three-length win in the Group 1 VRC Classic (1200m) down the ‘Straight Six’ last November.

That followed on from Nature Strip’s $15 million The Everest (1200m) victory in Sydney, the champion sprinter now the $6 second elect in all-in Newmarket Handicap betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for this autumn.

He is longer than only stablemate Home Affairs ($4.50) who is also a last-start Group 1 winner at the Newmarket track and distance having won the Coolmore Stud Stakes by three lengths on Derby Day.

A well-bred son of I Am Invincible, the classy colt is looking to become the third three-year-old in four years to win the Newmarket following on from the filly Sunlight in 2019 and Bivouac in 2020.

The other Waller-trained entries are fellow three-year-old Ranch Hand – fourth in the Coolmore before a VRC Classic fifth – and his now four-year-old Exceed And Excel mare September Run who won the 2020 Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Following the dominant Waller duo, the other current single-figure fancy at Newmarket Handicap odds of $9 is Artorius ($9) for Anthony & Sam Freedman.

Three-year-old Flying Artie colt Artorius is best known for his Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes win last February.

He enjoyed a strong spring but remains winless since the Diamond, highlights from last campaign being a third to Anamoe in the Caulfield Guineas and third in the Coolmore Stud Stakes trifecta.

Looking early value at $12 is potential spring superstar in the making, the undefeated Marabi.

A five-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible, the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained mare is six-from-six to date after making her Group 2 debut last weekend in dominant fashion.

Marabi was in a league of her own at The Valley stepping up in grade at WFA to win the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) running away.

The John O’Shea-trained $1 million The Hunter winner Lost And Running and Hawkes Racing’s reigning William Reid Stakes champ Masked Crusader who ran fourth and second respectively in The Everest last year and are next best at $13.

Other standout Newmarket Handicap nominees include Extreme Choice colt Extreme Warrior who is yet to reach his full potential, Golden Rose champ In The Congo from the Waterhouse/Bott stable and Peter & Paul Snowden’s Moir Stakes winner Wild Ruler.

Last year’s winner, Zoutori, also returns looking to become just the sixth back-to-back Newmarket Handicap champion in history and the first since Redkirk Warrior (2018-19).

The 2022 Newmarket Handicap first acceptances close on Tuesday the 22nd of February with the latest all-in markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au available in full here.

2022 Newmarket Handicap Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x967x10x00 AIM G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
2 11015x7x ARCADED F 3 James Cummings 83
3 116x22433x ARTORIUS C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 104
4 x312286x23 AWAY GAME M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
5 10x1227x47 BEAU ROSSA G 4 Will Clarken
6 6x3121323x BELLA NIPOTINA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
7 75110x054x BROOKLYN HUSTLE M 5 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 106
8 30x1132x BRUCKNER C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
9 48x10x177x CHAILLOT M 5 Archie Alexander 100
10 2183x1321x COUNT DE RUPEE G 4 Robert & Luke Price
11 12x130x CRYSTAL BOUND F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 86
12 11143x200x DICE ROLL (FR) G 7 Nick Ryan 100
13 3x3833119x DIRTY THOUGHTS M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 96
14 x177x2230x EMBRACER G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
15 2x25x110x EXTREME WARRIOR C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 84
16 1x1641x6x3 FINANCE TYCOON C 3 Danny O’Brien 85
17 11x331x GENERATION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 83
18 31x30x370x GYTRASH G 6 Gordon Richards & Damien Moyle
19 702980×131 HALVORSEN G 6 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 103
20 2138x191x HOME AFFAIRS C 3 Chris Waller
21 9x35x1338x IN HER HONOUR (ARG) M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
22 1221210x IN THE CONGO C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 105
23 220x3x436x INDIAN PACIFIC G 5 Neville Parnham 102
24 253x12938x INGRATIATING C 3 James Cummings 100
25 1111x IT’S ME M 5 Brett Cavanough
26 442x110x KALLOS C 3 James Cummings 92
27 2318x232x1 KEMALPASA G 6 Richard & Chantelle Jolly
28 3x54518x5x LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) H 4 Annabel Neasham
29 131514×121 LEVANTE (NZ) M 5 Ken & Bev Kelso
30 211x84421x LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea
31 x2112x222x MALKOVICH H 4 Bjorn Baker 98
32 111×111 MARABI M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
33 567x11012x MARINE ONE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 77
34 125x15126x MASKED CRUSADER G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
35 39x164x11x MINHAAJ M 4 John O’Shea 104
36 x121x1211x NATURE STRIP G 7 Chris Waller 120
37 1140x846x1 OVERPASS C 3 Bjorn Baker
38 114x2316x OXLEY ROAD H 4 Peter G Moody 96
39 671x12210x PAULELE C 3 James Cummings 92
40 10x153x80x POLAND G 4 Michael Moroney 90
41 1127x621x PROFITEER C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 87
42 11x0x4111x QUANTICO G 5 John O’Shea 95
43 x200x1745x RANCH HAND C 3 Chris Waller 82
44 92201×4272 ROCH ’N’ HORSE (NZ) M 5 Michael Moroney
45 1x297x1111 RULE OF LAW G 4 Bjorn Baker
46 048x37664x SEPTEMBER RUN M 4 Chris Waller
47 5433x5555x SIGNORE FOX H 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
48 2x343x61x2 SINAWANN (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 108
49 5x11339x21 SNAPDANCER M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
50 11x17x SNEAKY FIVE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 92
51 009×988121 SPECIAL REWARD G 6 Kris Lees
52 x358x8052x SWATS THAT M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens
53 x5411313x3 THE ASTROLOGIST G 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 104
54 21x474x142 THE BOPPER G 4 Kris Lees
55 1111x6120x THE INFERNO G 5 Cliff Brown 110
56 513x1258x7 TIGER OF MALAY C 3 Richard & Michael Freedman
57 x554x3360x TREKKING G 7 James Cummings
58 11×1 UNFLINCHING C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 74
59 81910x20x7 WILD PLANET G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
60 x1619x210x WILD RULER H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 112
61 219x ZETHUS C 3 James Cummings 80
62 7140x4240x ZOUTORI G 6 Mathew Ellerton

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