Cameron Handicap

The Cameron Handicap is a Group 3 event held at Newcastle Racecourse in mid-September on Newcastle Gold Cup Day as a lead-up to the Epsom Handicap.

2021 Cameron Handicap Results

  • 1st: #13 Ashman
  • 2nd: #8 Sky Lab
  • 3rd: #4 Duais



The Cameron Handicap is a Group 3 race conducted over 1500m during the Newcastle Gold Cup Racing Carnival each September.

Held at Newcastle Racecourse on the Friday before George Main Stakes Day takes place at Randwick on the Saturday, the Cameron Handicap is worth $160,000 in total prize money. The Cameron Handicap is held under open handicap conditions and usually attracts a fairly commendable field. Held on Newcastle Gold Cup Day in mid-September, the Cameron Handicap usually draws horses from local and Sydney-based stables.

The Cameron Handicap is part of the two day Newcastle Spring Carnival, which also features the Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) and Tibbie Stakes (1400m).

Horses often seek to contend the Cameron Handicap following successful runs in other races held at Newcastle. The Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) is another lead up race for Sydney horses. Some Sydney horses might seek to incorporate the Cameron Handicap into their spring campaigns and make the two hour journey up for the race.

The Cameron Handicap winner is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) held at Randwick the following month and Excellerator (2002) was the last to do the double.

In 2020 Rock successfully defended his Cameron Handicap title and went on to run third in that year’s Group 1 Kennedy Cantala during the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.

The 2021 Cameron Handicap ran on Friday September 17, 2021 and was won in an upset by the Kim Waugh-trained Ashman at 17/1. 

Cameron Handicap 2021
Date: Friday September 17, 2021
Track: Newcastle Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2021 Cameron Handicap Results

  • 1st: #13 Ashman
  • 2nd: #8 Sky Lab
  • 3rd: #4 Duais

The Kim Waugh-trained Magnus gelding Ashman ($18) enjoyed a devastatingly close victory over Sky Lab (2nd) and returning Queensland Oaks winner Duais (3rd) in the Cameron Handicap 2021 results and the accompanying Epsom Handicap ballot exemption.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 13 ASHMAN Kim Waugh Jeff Penza 1 54kg $18
2 8 SKY LAB Paul Perry Ms Mikayla Weir 0.07L 13 54.5kg $8.50
3 4 DUAIS Edward Cummings Ms Alysha Collett 0.29L 7 56.5kg $5.50
4 1 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Rory Hutchings 1.37L 3 59kg $91
5 12 SOLDIER OF LOVE Bjorn Baker Dylan Gibbons (a) 1.67L 4 54kg $8.50
6 5 FROSTY ROCKS Bjorn Baker Christian Reith 2.25L 12 56.5kg $4.80
7 11 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 3.64L 11 54kg $21
8 7 IN GOOD HEALTH John Ramsey Darryl McLellan 4.48L 5 54.5kg $51
9 3 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Koby Jennings 6.04L 10 58.5kg $4.40F
10 9 ITZ LILY Kris Lees Lee Magorrian 6.84L 8 54kg $8.50
11 10 CEPHEUS (GB) Matthew Dunn Ashley Morgan 9.9L 9 54kg $16
12 15 GOT UNDERS Jay Hopkins Grant Buckley 10.18L 6 54kg $101
13 14 NEVER LISTEN John Ramsey Daniel Northey 10.32L 2 54kg $201
2 NUMERIAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Brodie Loy 0
6 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Lee Magorrian 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Cameron Handicap Betting Odds

The top Newcastle racing odds and Cameron Handicap 2021 betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

2021 Cameron Handicap Field

The official Cameron Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw is announced on the Wednesday of race week and attracts quality middle-distance sprinters coming off lead-up runs in earlier spring events including the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick a fortnight earlier or the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) in late August.

Fifteen middle-distance gallopers make-up the 2021 Cameron Handicap field on Newcastle Gold Cup Day led in betting by the Hawkes Racing-trained Rock and the returning Edward Cummings-trained Queensland Oaks winner Duais.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 751x07422x CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Rory Hutchings 3 59kg 103
2 32824x558x NUMERIAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham Brodie Loy 6 58.5kg 102
3 730x348x84 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Koby Jennings 11 58.5kg 102
4 x12821121x DUAIS Edward Cummings Ms Alysha Collett 8 56.5kg 102
5 152243×117 FROSTY ROCKS Bjorn Baker Christian Reith 13 56.5kg 98
6 9x241265x8 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Lee Magorrian 15 55.5kg 96
7 50x845170x IN GOOD HEALTH John Ramsey Darryl McLellan 5 54.5kg 98
8 21x11420x9 SKY LAB Paul Perry Ms Mikayla Weir 14 54.5kg 94
9 10×1656212 ITZ LILY Kris Lees 9 54kg 92
10 2120421×40 CEPHEUS (GB) Matthew Dunn Ashley Morgan 10 54kg 90
11 612730x80x JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 12 54kg 90
12 5021670×61 SOLDIER OF LOVE Bjorn Baker Dylan Gibbons (a) 4 54kg 54kg 90
13 14757×5147 ASHMAN Kim Waugh Jeff Penza 1 54kg 79
14 612x9x77x9 NEVER LISTEN John Ramsey Daniel Northey 2 54kg 54.5kg 78
15 79526×5743 GOT UNDERS Jay Hopkins Grant Buckley 7 54kg 60
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Cameron Handicap Nominations

Nominations for the Cameron Handicap are taken the Monday leading-up to Newcastle Gold Cup Day.

Cameron Handicap History

The Cameron Handicap was inaugurated in 1937 and has continued to provide great racing entertainment since. The race is named after James George Cameron, who was born in Newcastle to a very large family. He built Cameron’s Family Hotel in Broadmeadow, a home on Cameron’s Hill and purchased land nearby the racecourse. Tibbie, after whom the Tibbie Stakes is named, was part-owned by Cameron. James George Cameron served the Newcastle Jockey Club as president for 25 years and was instrumental in the construction of Newcastle Racecourse.

The Cameron Handicap was a listed race from its inauguration until the 2005 edition ran as a Group 3 event for the first time. It has remained at that grade since. In 2011, the distance was changed to the current 1500m.

In 2020 Rock made history becoming the first back-to-back Cameron Handicap winner in history having also won the event in 2019.

Notable Cameron Handicap winners include Luskin Star (1977), Cheval Cavalier (1990), Court’s In Session (2006) and Toydini (2013). Cameron Handicap results with winning times are listed below.

Cameron Handicap Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Cameron Handicap
1st Ashman 1 minute 31.58 seconds
2nd Sky Lab
3rd Duais
2020
Cameron Handicap
1st Rock 1 minute 29.46 seconds
2nd Just Thinkin’
3rd Chief Ironside
2019
Cameron Handicap
1st Rock 1 minute 29.46 seconds
2nd Articus
3rd Nettoyer
2018
Cameron Handicap
1st New Tipperary 1 minute 29.88 seconds
2nd Red Excitement
3rd Best Of Days
2017
Cameron Handicap
1st Got Unders 1 minute 29.5 seconds
2nd Sound Proposition
3rd Spectroscope
2016
Cameron Handicap
1st Chetwood 1 minute 18.3 seconds
2nd Le Romain
3rd Famous Seamus
2015
Cameron Handicap
1st Forget 1 minute 29.6 seconds
2nd Malice
3rd Wouldnt It Be Nice
2014
Cameron Handicap
1st Hooked 1 minute 32.3 seconds
2nd Rugged Cross
3rd Mighty Lucky
2013
Cameron Handicap
1st Toydini 1 minute 29.1 seconds
2nd High Esteem
3rd Scream Machine
2012
Cameron Handicap
1st Rolling Pin 1 minute 29.1 seconds
2nd Lightinthenite
3rd Offenders
2011
Cameron Handicap
1st Raspberries 1 minute 29.6 seconds
2nd Light Brigade
3rd Kaunda
2010
Cameron Handicap
1st Kenny’s World 1 minute 15.3 seconds
2nd Prince Braeman
3rd Chasm
2009
Cameron Handicap
1st Absolutelyfabulous 1 minute 16.3 seconds
2nd Black Piranha
3rd McClintock
2008
Cameron Handicap
1st Raheeb 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Ashikaga
3rd Falaise
2007
Cameron Handicap
Race Not Held  
2006
Cameron Handicap
1st Court’s In Session 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Malcolm
3rd Mac’s Tune
2005
Cameron Handicap
1st Collate 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Mr Celebrity
3rd Cincinatti Gal
2004
Cameron Handicap
1st Osca Warrior 1 minute 22.6 seconds
2nd Shamekha
3rd Tsuimai
2003
Cameron Handicap
1st Archave 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Britt’s Best
3rd Stoway
2002
Cameron Handicap
1st Excellerator 1 minute 24.4 seconds
2nd Hey Pronto
3rd Mowerman
2001
Cameron Handicap
1st Kingsgate 1 minute 17.3 seconds
2nd Lord Essex
3rd Maitland Gold
2000
Cameron Handicap
1st Mulan Princess 1 minute 22.0 seconds
2nd Kenconcarne
3rd Spying

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