Winners and Past Results for the VRC Newmarket Handicap
The Newmarket Handicap is considered to be the premier open handicap sprint event of the year.
2023 Newmarket Handicap Information
Date Of The Newmarket Handicap: 11/3/22
Time Of The Newmarket Handicap: TBA
Venue For The Newmarket Handicap: Flemington Racecourse
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More Details About The Newmarket Handicap
This 1200 M Group 1 event is held at the Flemington Racecourse as part of the Melbourne autumn racing carnival and organized by the Victoria Racing Club.
Offering $1,250,000 as prize money, the Newmarket Handicap is held on Super Saturday, alongside the Group 1 Australian Cup, and five other group races. Super Saturday is usually the second Saturday in March hosted by Victoria Racing Club.
The Newmarket Handicap has been run since 1874 with Maid of Avenel recorded as the first winner. Horses that have the ability to last 1200 metres on Flemington's straight home stretch are usually at an advantage in a race that has seen many top sprinters including the invincible Black Caviar in 2011.
The Newmarket Handicap has since its inception been won by some of the greatest horses in the history of Australian racing. Horses with proven records over the 1200 M distance and course are the ones to consider when looking for a winner or place getter in the Newmarket Handicap. The lead up races to this event include the 1100 M Lightning Stakes, the 1200 M Oakleigh Plate and the 1200 M Australia Stakes, all of which are Group races. Beaded who came in third in 2011, came in after an impressive victory in the 1200 M Group 3 Hyderabad R.C Stakes held earlier at Caulfield Racecourse.
After the Newmarket Handicap, horses are more likely to carry on to contest the 1200 M Group 1 William Reid Stakes held at the Moonee Valley racetrack and then fancy their chances in the T.J Smith Stakes held at Randwick. Some horses may compete in the Group 1 Sporting Bet Classic at Morphettville and the Group 1 Doomben 10000 at Doomben Racecourse.
Some of the recent winners apart from Black Caviar include Miss Andretti in 2007, Takeover Target in 2006, Alinghi in 2005, General Nediym in 1998, Schillaci in 1992 and Special in 1998. Black Caviar, managed to set the fastest time at this course, prior to winning the Lightning Stakes and then went on to win her 11th straight victory in the William Reid Stakes. She then went on to capture the TJ Smith Stakes.
"The most successful trainer has been Bart Cummings with eight wins – (1972, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1990, 1991). The most successful jockey has been Damien Oliver with three wins – Alinghi (2005), Toledo (2001) and Shillaci (1992). The race record is held by 2000 winner Miss Pennymoney posted the time of 1:07.6." as quoted by Wikipedia
Only four horses in the history of the event have managed to win the Newmarket Handicap twice. This includes Aspen in 1880 and 1881, Gothic in 1927 and 1928, Correct in 1960 and 1961 and Razor Sharp in 1982 and 1983.
Newmarket Handicap 2022 Details, Result and Recap
The 2022 Newmarket Handicap was won by New Zealand based horse Roch ‘N’ Horse from the Mike Moroney stable. Roch ‘N’ Horse won the Newmarket Handicap in 2022 when the 5 year old gelding defeated The Astrologist and September run on Super Saturday at Flemington Racecourse.
The Lead Up To The Newmarket Handicap 2022
After exciting editions of the Lightning Stakes and the Oakleigh Plate, the third major sprint feature of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival was hotly anticipated with the Chris Waller trained Home Affairs, who had previously won the Lightning Stakes was set to search for the double and looking for Victory in the Group 1 2022 Newmarket Handicap.
According to the bookies there were only two runners worth looking at in the 2022 Newmarket Handicap with Home Affairs for Chris Waller and Lost and Running for John O’Shea both $4.40 in betting.
There was plenty of depth in the Newmarket 2022 field however with the likes of Everest contender Masked Crusader, Group 1 winner Artorious as well as the likes of Zoutori, Swats That and September Run all making up a stellar field for the Group 1 Newmarket down the Straight Six at Flemington.
With the large field assembled punters gathered around the the Waller and O’Shea runners in betting. There was good backing for John O’Shea’s other runner in the race, Quantico who was backed into single figures before the jump which Artorious and Masked Crusader drifted out to $9 and $9.50 respectively before the jump.
The horse that no one was talking about was Roch ‘N’ Horse, The Mike Moroney trained runner who was looking to cause a boilover in the 2022 Newmarket Handicap at odds of $121 on the NSW Tote.
2022 Newmarket Handicap Result
The final result and placings for the 2022 Newmarket Handicap which took place at Flemington Racecourse over a distance of 1200m up the straight six on Saturday 12th March are as follows: 1st - 11. Roch ‘N’ Horse (3) - 52.5kg - $101.00 2nd - 15. The Astrologist (4) - 52.5kg - $61.00 3rd - 12. September Run (8) - 52.5kg - $26.00
A Recap Of The 2022 Newmarket Handicap
The 2022 Newmarket Handicap was, on paper, supposed to be the race where we saw the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes winner Home Affairs return to the track to win the second of two spring races at Flemington in the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
However on this occasion the punters couldn’t have been further off as Roch ‘N’ Horse won the 2022 Newmarket at odds of over $100 from Astrologist who sat at $61 in the betting and September Run coming third at $26.
As the gates opened and the race began it could have been so different with The Astrologist bumping into Roch ‘N’ Horse just after the start however both steadied to take up front running positions as the field split into two groups.
One Group moved towards the standside rail as the second group stuck close on the inside barrier next to the inner of the track. Roch ‘N’ Horse, September Run and The Astrologist stayed with the inside group while Home Affairs and Oxley Road led proceedings in the middle of the track near the stand side.
As runners entered the final 300m James McDonald got to work aboard Home Affairs while The Astrologist and Roch ‘N’ Horse appeared to be sitting quietly with a marginal lead but with both groups spread out it was hard to tell.
With the field in the middle of the track floundering September Run, The Astrologist and Roch ‘N’ Horse were able to kick two lengths clear with Roch ‘N’ Horse proving the strongest and winning the 2022 Newmarket Handicap
Newmarket Handicap Past Winners
|2022||Roch 'n' Horse|
|2004||Exceed And Excel|
|2003||Belle Du Jour|
|1995||All Our Mob|
|1911||Queen Of Scots|
|1874||Maid Of Avenel|