Home Affairs Heads 2022 Newmarket Handicap Field & Betting

March 10, 2022

Home Affairs Heads 2022 Newmarket Handicap Field & Betting

Chris Waller’s dual Group 1 winning colt Home Affairs is narrow favourite to retain his unbeaten record at Flemington in the 2022 Newmarket Handicap field on ‘Super Saturday’ this weekend.

Home Affairs (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Young Flemington specialist Home Affairs is tipped to add to his Group 1 tally at the track in Saturday’s 2022 Newmarket Handicap. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A near capacity field of 17 sprinters faces off in this year’s Group 1 $1.5 million Yulong Stud Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and it is a tight betting battle at the top of the market.

Currently gun I Am Invincible three-year-old Home Affairs leads the Newmarket Handicap odds at $3.70 and easing through Ladbrokes.com.au after a wide barrier 16 draw.

He’s well-proven down the famous straight at Headquarters and is after his third Group 1 success at the track.

After defeating his fellow three-year-olds by a runaway three lengths from barrier 13 in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Home Affairs kicked off his autumn with an upset over stablemate Nature Strip in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m).

Nature Strip may have been beaten with excuses after a tardy start and luckless run, but Home Affairs was still first past the post with improvement to come second-up.

He strips fitter for the Newmarket and, despite going up to 56kg, looks a genuine hope getting back up to six furlongs with James McDonald continuing associations.

Waller also saddles-up his 2020 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner September Run, the now four-year-old Exceed And Excel mare a $26 outsider to win for the first time since that Derby Day triumph as a filly.

The danger following Home Affairs closely in Newmarket Handicap betting at $3.90 after firming notably in from his opening quote of $4.80 is the John O’Shea-trained Lost And Running.

Drawn mid-field with Hugh Bowman to ride, the consistent Per Incanto five-year-old comes into the classic having won eight of his 13 career starts to date.

He raced against the best last prep when fourth in the $15 million The Everest behind Nature Strip and second to Eduardo in the $1 million Classique Legend Stakes before his good win in the $1 million The Hunter over 1300m at Newcastle.

First-up Lost And Running enjoyed another Sydney victory in easier company when carrying 61kg to victory at Randwick in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m).

Down to 56kg for the Newmarket Handicap, the market mover still needs to tick a few boxes going the other way in his Flemington debut.

Lost And Running is joined in the line-up by his returning stablemate Quantico ($17), the I Am Invincible five-year-old having won three straight last prep including the Listed MSS Security Stakes (1200m) at this track / distance on Melbourne Cup Day.

Despite the size of the field, no other runners are under double-figures for the win with the next best in betting being the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Artorius at $11.

Three-year-olds have won four of the past nine editions of the Newmarket, most recently Bivouac in 2020, and Artorious is the other top youngster taking on the seasoned sprinters along with the favourite.

The Flying Artie colt is looking to break a notable drought not having won since his Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) success in February of 2020.

His spring campaign was solid and somewhat frustrating for connections with a Golden Rose fourth, Caulfield Guineas third to Anamoe and Coolmore Stud Stakes third to Home Affairs.

He resumed at Caulfield on February 12 when just over two lengths back sixth behind Marine One in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m), but has improvement getting up to 1200m at HQ on Saturday.

The others most likely to score an upset according to the bookies include the Hawkes Racing-trained The Everest runner-up Masked Crusader ($13), smart mare Snapdancer ($15) in the outside alley for the Maher/Eustace stable chasing a third win on the trot and Swats That ($16) who ran second in the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic last year.

The 2022 Newmarket Handicap is set to run as Flemington Race 6 at 3:40pm (AEDT) on Saturday and full markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au are available here.

2022 Newmarket Handicap Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 25x15126x5 MASKED CRUSADER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 13 57kg 114
2 2138x191x1 HOME AFFAIRS Chris Waller James McDonald 16 56kg 117
3 11x84421x1 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 9 56kg 112
4 140x4240x0 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton Damian Lane 1 55.5kg 111
5 2183x1321x COUNT DE RUPEE Robert & Luke Price Brock Ryan 7 54kg 108
6 31514×1211 LEVANTE (NZ) Ken & Bev Kelso Michael Dee 10 53.5kg 111
7 702980×131 HALVORSEN Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Dean Holland 11 52.5kg 103
8 14x2316x23 OXLEY ROAD Peter G Moody Blaike McDougall 15 52.5kg 101
9 0x153x80x5 POLAND Michael Moroney Michael Poy 14 52.5kg 94
10 11x0x4111x QUANTICO John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 12 52.5kg 95
11 92201×4272 ROCH ’N’ HORSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 3 52.5kg 98
12 048x37664x SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Ms Jamie Kah 8 52.5kg 107
13 x11339x211 SNAPDANCER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 17 52.5kg 103
14 358x8052x4 SWATS THAT Leon & Troy Corstens Craig Williams 6 52.5kg 109
15 5411313×37 THE ASTROLOGIST Leon & Troy Corstens Fred Kersley 4 52.5kg 104
16 16x22433x6 ARTORIUS Anthony & Sam Freedman Craig Newitt 2 51kg 107
17 x1641x6x31 FINANCE TYCOON Danny O’Brien Josh Richards (a) 5 50.5kg 96

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