Newmarket Handicap

The Newmarket Handicap is a Group 1 sprint down the Flemington straight held in March during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival on Super Saturday.

2020 Newmarket Handicap Results

  • 1st: #5 Bivouac
  • 2nd: #11 Loving Gaby
  • 3rd: #1 Gytrash




The Group 1 Newmarket Handicap takes place on Flemington’s Super Saturday of Racing during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival in early March. The day also features the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) and a host of other Black-Type support acts for punters to enjoy a bet on at an online bookmaker such as Ladbrokes.com.au.

Raced down the 1200m straight of the world renowned Flemington Racecourse – known as the ‘straight six’ – the Newmarket Handicap offers $1.25 million in prize money and $5,000 in trophies.

Run under open handicap conditions the Newmarket Handicap field attracts the best sprinters from around the country.

The best lead-up races held earlier in the autumn for Newmarket Handicap horses include Flemington’s Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) and the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield. Lankan Rupee (2014) was the last sprinter to do the Oakleigh Plate – Newmarket Handicap double, while Redkirk Warrior made history in the 2018 Newmarket Handicap on the back of a Black Caviar Lightning win to become the first dual Newmarket champion since Razor Sharp (1982-83). In 2020 Bivouac improved on a luckless unplaced Oakleigh Plate run to win the Newmarket Handicap, the eighth three-year-old winner of the Newmarket since 2004.

The 2020 Newmarket Handicap ran on Saturday March 8, 2020 and was won in dominant fashion by three-year-old Bivouac. 

Newmarket Handicap 2020
Date: Saturday March 8, 2020
Racecourse: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,250,000

2020 Newmarket Handicap Results

  • 1st: #5 Bivouac
  • 2nd: #11 Loving Gaby
  • 3rd: #1 Gytrash

The Godolphin-raced Golden Rose champ Bivouac was far too good down the Flemington straight second-up with a powerhouse 2.5 length win in the 2020 Newmarket Handicap results on the outside defeating class filly Loving Gaby (2nd) and the Black Caviar Lightning winner Gytrash (3rd) in an exceptional performance on way to Sydney’s TJ Smith Stakes.

Click here to read more on the impressive Newmarket Handicap 2020 winning three-year-old Bivouac.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 5 BIVOUAC James Cummings Glen Boss 6 54kg $5.50
2 11 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 2.5L 3 52.5kg $4.80
3 1 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Ben Melham 3.5L 1 57kg $10
4 2 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 3.7L 7 55kg $13
5 12 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Dean Yendall 4L 2 51kg $41
6 6 EXCEEDANCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 4.75L 9 54kg $3.30F
7 9 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 4.85L 8 53kg $26
8 4 THE INEVITABLE Scott Brunton Brett Prebble 5.85L 11 54.5kg $9.50
9 13 LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Jye McNeil 9.85L 10 51kg $11
10 10 TROPE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Poy (a) 11.1L 4 53kg $41
11 3 DESPATCH Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jamie Kah 11.6L 5 54.5kg $71
7 HALVORSEN Robbie Griffiths Andrew Mallyon 0
8 MYSTYKO (NZ) Trevor Rogers Dean Holland 0

2020 Newmarket Handicap Betting & Odds

The latest Newmarket Handicap odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as betting on the Flemington ‘Super Saturday’ sprint opens. Plenty of horses at roughie prices in Newmarket Handicap betting have saluted in recent years including Redkirk Warrior ($31 in 2017) who became the first horse in a century to win the race first-up.

2020 Newmarket Handicap Field

The Newmarket Handicap field and barriers are released on the Tuesday before Super Saturday and attract a similar field to those that faced off earlier in the autumn in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes and Oakleigh Plate.

The Newmarket Handicap 2020 final field and barrier draw will be published below as soon as available on Tuesday March 4, 2020.

The 2020 Newmarket Handicap field features 13 sprinters including shock Black Caviar Lightning winner Gytrash chasing the double at HQ from barrier two, Team Hawkes’ returning Coolmore Stud Stakes winner at the track and distance Exceedance and ace filly Loving Gaby.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Newmarket Handicap field and markets dominated by the three-year-old Group 1 winners.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 113011x2x1 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Ben Melham 2 57kg 111
2 100x1336x2 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 8 55kg 107
3 110x4509x6 DESPATCH Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jamie Kah 6 54.5kg 106
4 1118x1110x THE INEVITABLE Scott Brunton Brett Prebble 13 54.5kg 106
5 1x121162x6 BIVOUAC James Cummings Glen Boss 7 54kg 110
6 13x1331x EXCEEDANCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 11 54kg 110
7 41259×1117 HALVORSEN Robbie Griffiths Andrew Mallyon 9 53kg 97
8 918×923320 MYSTYKO (NZ) Trevor Rogers Dean Holland 1 53kg 93
9 52x41011x7 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 10 53kg 103
10 1272x229x0 TROPE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Poy (a) 5 53kg 98
11 422x1212x3 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 4 52.5kg 111
12 75x2114x32 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Dean Yendall 3 51kg 78
13 211x1133x4 LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Jye McNeil 12 51kg 100

2020 Newmarket Handicap Weights

The Newmarket Handicap 2020 weights on the early entries are now out with upset Black Caviar Lightning champ Gytrash allocated the 56kg topweight. There are 28 Newmarket Handicap nominations left in the mix and Loving Gaby with just 51.5kg is the pre-post favourite.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 422x1212x3 LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1 51.5kg 111
2 113011x2x1 GYTRASH H 4 Gordon Richards 2 56kg 111
3 1x121162x6 BIVOUAC C 3 James Cummings 3 53kg 110
4 13x1331x EXCEEDANCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 4 53kg 110
5 100x1336x2 ZOUTORI G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 5 54kg 107
6 x11x12714x DEPRIVE G 5 James Cummings 6 54kg 107
7 1118x1110x THE INEVITABLE G 4 Scott Brunton 7 53.5kg 106
8 110x4509x6 DESPATCH G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 8 53.5kg 106
9 68105x77x5 I AM EXCITED M 5 David Pfieffer 9 52kg 106
10 1121x3x613 MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 10 50.5kg 105
11 52x41011x7 TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 11 52kg 103
12 634x02151x SOOTHING M 5 James Cummings 12 52kg 103
13 320x1487x0 FAATINAH G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 13 52kg 103
14 13x4274x24 LYRE F 3 Anthony Freedman 14 50kg 102
15 25x2255x49 BONS AWAY G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 15 52kg 102
16 2x51123x63 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 16 52kg 101
17 211x1133x4 LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings 17 50kg 100
18 466x116x50 HUMMA HUMMA M 4 John McArdle 18 52kg 98
19 1272x229x0 TROPE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19 52kg 98
20 41259×1117 HALVORSEN G 4 Robbie Griffiths 20 52kg 97
21 0x180x1334 ALL TOO ROYAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 21 52kg 97
22 1125x5x612 VEGADAZE G 4 Anthony Cummings 22 52kg 94
23 8x21322x10 GOD OF THUNDER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 23 52kg 94
24 918×923320 MYSTYKO (NZ) G 6 Trevor Rogers 24 52kg 93
25 117x7x2 I AM IMMORTAL C 3 Anthony Freedman 25 50kg 89
26 1130×20 FREE OF DEBT C 3 Chris Bieg 26 50kg 84
27 4x1333x67 GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman 27 50kg 81
28 75x2114x32 BANQUO C 3 Danny O’Brien 28 50kg 78

2020 Newmarket Handicap First Acceptances

The official Newmarket Handicap first acceptances close in late February a fortnight out from the Group 1 Flemington Super Saturday sprint run in March.

Just 31 sprinters remain in the mix following the 2020 Newmarket Handicap first acceptances out on February 18. Among the standout Newmarket Handicap entries still nominated for the $1.5 million feature are the likes of upset Black Caviar Lightning winner Gytrash, the flying three-year-old CF Orr Stakes winner Alabama Express and classy filly Loving Gaby.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 22x51123x6 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 101
2 1x2517x11 ALABAMA EXPRESS C 3 Michael Moroney 110
3 10x180x133 ALL TOO ROYAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 95
4 75x2114x32 BANQUO C 3 Danny O’Brien 78
5 41x121162x BIVOUAC C 3 James Cummings 110
6 025x2255x4 BONS AWAY G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
7 x11x12714x DEPRIVE G 5 James Cummings 107
8 110x4509x6 DESPATCH G 5 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 106
9 13x1331x EXCEEDANCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 110
10 1320x1487x FAATINAH G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 104
11 1130×2 FREE OF DEBT C 3 Chris Bieg 88
12 18x21322x1 GOD OF THUNDER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 88
13 4x1333x6 GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman 81
14 113011x2x1 GYTRASH H 4 Gordon Richards 97
15 41259x111x HALVORSEN G 4 Robbie Griffiths 97
16 x7x58x3129 HEY DOC G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 113
17 1466x116x5 HUMMA HUMMA M 4 John McArdle 99
18 68105x77x5 I AM EXCITED M 5 David Pfieffer 106
19 117x7x2 I AM IMMORTAL C 3 Anthony Freedman 89
20 211x1133x4 LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings 98
21 422x1212x3 LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 110
22 113x4274x2 LYRE F 3 Anthony Freedman 100
23 21121x3x61 MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 105
24 918x92332x MYSTYKO (NZ) G 6 Trevor Rogers 93
25 014x4141x4 NATURE STRIP G 5 Chris Waller 116
26 634x02151x SOOTHING M 5 James Cummings 104
27 1118x1110x THE INEVITABLE G 4 Scott Brunton 107
28 52x41011x7 TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 103
29 1272x229x TROPE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 98
30 11125x5x61 VEGADAZE G 4 Anthony Cummings
31 1100x1336x ZOUTORI G 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 105

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2020 Newmarket Handicap Nominations

The 2020 Newmarket Handicap nominations will be provided below once announced by Racing Victoria in late January.

The Newmarket Handicap nominations are released over a month out from race day and allow for futures Newmarket Handicap betting to open at bookmakers like Ladbrokes.com.au. Following the nominations the Newmarket Handicap first declarations close in late February as the field begins to take shape.

The 2020 Newmarket Handicap nominations attracted 60 sprinters including a host of flying three-year-olds including Golden Rose winner Bivouac, Manikato Stakes winning filly Loving Gaby, Coolmore Stud Stakes champ Exceedance and Chris Waller’s The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes.

Click here to read more on the Newmarket Handicap 2020 nominations and odds.

# 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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Newmarket Handicap History

The Newmarket Handicap was first run in 1874 and won by Maid Of Avenel. The most famous Newmarket Handicap took place in 2002 when Rubitano took out the title. In the last few metres of the race there was less than a head’s distance separating the first six place getters; ending in an extremely close finish to the race.

Double winners of the Newmarket Handicap include Aspen in 1880-81, Gothic in 1927-28, Correct in 1960-61, Razor Sharp in 1982-83 and most recently Redkirk Warrior (2017-18). Since 1988 the fastest winning time was recorded by Black Caviar in 2011 with 1 minute 7.3 seconds. The 2017 Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior made history as the first horse in 100 years to take out the sprint feature first-up before carrying top weight from the outside gate to win again in 2018 making him the first horse to do the Newmarket – Lightning Stakes – Newmarket treble.

In 2020 Bivouac became the eighth three-year-old Newmarket Handicap winner since 2004.

The Newmarket Handicap results going back to 2000 are listed in the table below.

Recent Newmarket Handicap Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Newmarket Handicap
1st Bivouac 1 minute 09.21 seconds
2nd Loving Gaby
3rd Gytrash
2019
Newmarket Handicap
1st Sunlight 1 minute 08.25 seconds
2nd Osborne Bulls
3rd Brave Smash
2018
Newmarket Handicap
1st Redkirk Warrior 1 minute 8.33 seconds
2nd Brave Smash
3rd Merchant Navy
2017
Newmarket Handicap
1st Redkirk Warrior 1 minute 9.05 seconds
2nd Voodoo Lad
3rd Star Turn
2016
Newmarket Handicap
1st The Quarterback 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd Black Heart Bart
3rd Chautauqua
2015
Newmarket Handicap
1st Brazen Beau 1 minute 09.2 seconds
2nd Chautauqua
3rd Terravista
2014
Newmarket Handicap
1st Lankan Rupee 1 minute 09.3 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Knoydart
2013
Newmarket Handicap
1st Shamexpress 1 minute 08.2 seconds
2nd Moment Of Change
3rd Aeronautical
2012
Newmarket Handicap
1st Hay List 1 minute 08.7 seconds
2nd Buffering
3rd Foxwedge
2011
Newmarket Handicap
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 07.3 seconds
2nd Crystal Lily
3rd Beaded
2010
Newmarket Handicap
1st Wanted 1 minute 10.11 seconds
2nd Eagle Falls
3rd Starspangledbanner
2009
Newmarket Handicap
1st Scenic Blast 1 minute 8.7 seconds
2nd Swiss Ace
3rd Aichi
2008
Newmarket Handicap
1st Weekend Hustler 1 minute 9 seconds
2nd Magnus
3rd Grand Duels
2007
Newmarket Handicap
1st Miss Andretti 1 minute 7.7 seconds
2nd Gold Edition
3rd Undue
2006
Newmarket Handicap
1st Takeover Target 1 minute 8.3 seconds
2nd Snitzel
3rd Stratum
2005
Newmarket Handicap
1st Alinghi 1 minute 8.1 seconds
2nd Fastnet Rock
3rd Foreplay
2004
Newmarket Handicap
1st Exceed And Excel 1 minute 8.7 seconds
2nd Titanic Jack
3rd Regimental Gal
2003
Newmarket Handicap
1st Belle Du Jour 1 minute 8.6 seconds
2nd Bel Espirit
3rd Super Impressive
2002
Newmarket Handicap
1st Rubitano 1 minute 9 seconds
2nd North Boy
3rd Mistegic
2001
Newmarket Handicap
1st Toledo 1 minute 8.6 seconds
2nd Show A Heart
3rd Mannington
2000
Newmarket Handicap
1st Miss Pennymoney 1 minute 7.6 seconds
2nd Black Bean
3rd Falvelon

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