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Newmarket Handicap

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SUNLIGHT winning the Newmarket Hcp.
SUNLIGHT winning the Newmarket Hcp. Picture: Racing and Sports

The Newmarket Handicap is a Group 1 race for open class sprinters at Flemington conducted by the Victoria Racing Club.
The Newmarket Handicap is run over 1200m and was introduced in 1874. It is run under Handicap conditions and the first running was taken out by Maid Of Avenel.
It was run at Caulfield in 2007 when Flemington was under reconstruction and won by Miss Andretti.
Five horses have won it twice – Aspen, Gothic, Correct, Razor Sharp and Redkirk Warrior.
The Newmarket Handicap is regarded as the best sprint handicap G1 in the world. The list of winners through history indicates that.
Three year olds are nearing maturity and hence have been fantastic saluting in 10 of last 22 editions.
Most form comes from the Lightning Stakes and Oakleigh Plate.
Last horse to do the Lightning Stakes/Newmarket Handicap double – Redkirk Warrior in 2018.
Last horse to do the Oakleigh Plate/Newmarket Handicap double – Lankan Rupee in 2014.
Many horses that ran so well at Royal Ascot are winners of the Newmarket including Takeover Target, Miss Andretti, Scenic Blast and Black Caviar and there are others who ran well at both venues but didn't win both races.
Lindsay Park has had a great record in the race. Just in the last 30 years they've had Special, Grandiose, Primacy, Isca and Redkirk Warrior x2 plus numerous placings.
One of the most famous runnings was in 2002 won by Rubitano when the first nine over the line had a length between them.
Redkirk Warrior was the first horse in 100 years to win first up in 2017. He'd win again a year on.
When Sunlight won in 2019, she had the next five horses over the line behind her having contested the last Everest in October. She won the William Reid Stakes two weeks later.
The 2019 Newmarket Handicap was worth $1.25 million.
Bart Cummings has most Newmarket wins with eight while Damien Oliver's three is most for a jockey.
Previous winners of the Newmarket Handicap include Malua (1884), Wakeful (1901), Heroic (1926), Gothic (1927,1928), Ajax (1938), Bernborough (1946), Black Onyx (1970), Baguette (1971), Maybe Mahal (1978), Placid Ark (1987), Shaftesbury Avenue (1991), Schillaci (1992), Alinghi (2005), Takeover Target (2006), Miss Andretti (2007), Black Caviar (2011), Hay List (2012), Lankan Rupee (2014), Redkirk Warrior (2017/2018) and Sunlight (2019).
The 2019 Newmarket Handicap was won by Sunlight from Osborne Bulls and Brave Smash.
Racing and Sports

Previous Newmarket Handicap Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
SUNLIGHT (AUS) 3F
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - SOLAR CHARGED (AUS) CHARGE FORWARD (AUS)
BAREND VORSTER 50.5 TONY MCEVOY 8
REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) 7G
NOTNOWCATO (GB) - FLAG (GB) SELKIRK (USA)
REGAN BAYLISS 57.5 D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG 15
REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) 6G
NOTNOWCATO (GB) - FLAG (GB) SELKIRK (USA)
REGAN BAYLISS 52.5 D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG 4
THE QUARTERBACK (AUS) 5G
STREET BOSS (USA) - SOORENA (AUS) ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS)
C NEWITT 52.0 ROBBIE GRIFFITHS 7
BRAZEN BEAU (AUS) 3C
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - SANSADEE (AUS) SNAADEE (USA)
J MOREIRA 52.0 CHRIS WALLER 5
LANKAN RUPEE (AUS) 4G
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - ESTELLE COLLECTION (NZ) STRAVINSKY (USA)
CHAD SCHOFIELD 56.5 MICK PRICE 12
SHAMEXPRESS (NZ) 3C
O'REILLY (NZ) - VOLKROSE (NZ) VOLKSRAAD (GB)
C NEWITT 51.5 DANNY O'BRIEN 10
HAY LIST (AUS) 6G
STATUE OF LIBERTY (USA) - SING HALLELUJAH (AUS) IS IT TRUE (USA)
G SCHOFIELD 58.5 JOHN MCNAIR 14
BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) 4M
BEL ESPRIT (AUS) - HELSINGE (AUS) DESERT SUN (GB)
L NOLEN 58.0 PETER MOODY 7
WANTED (AUS) 3C
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - FRAGMENTATION (AUS) SNIPPETS (AUS)
L NOLEN 51.5 PETER MOODY 7
SCENIC BLAST (AUS) 4G
SCENIC (IRE) - DAUGHTER'S CHARM (AUS) DELGADO (USA)
S W ARNOLD 57.0 D MORTON 2
WEEKEND HUSSLER (AUS) 3G
HUSSONET (USA) - WEEKEND BEAUTY (AUS) HELISSIO (FR)
B RAWILLER 56.0 R S MCDONALD 12
MISS ANDRETTI (AUS) 5M
IHTIRAM (IRE) - PEGGIE'S BID (AUS) MAROONED (GB)
C NEWITT 56.0 D L FREEDMAN 11
TAKEOVER TARGET (AUS) 6G
CELTIC SWING (GB) - SHADY STREAM (AUS) ARCHREGENT (CAN)
J FORD 57.0 J A JANIAK 12
ALINGHI (AUS) 3F
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - OCEANFAST (AUS) MONDE BLEU (GB)
D OLIVER 53.5 D L FREEDMAN 3
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) 3C
DANEHILL (USA) - PATRONA (USA) LOMOND (USA)
C W BROWN 55.0 T R MARTIN 9
BELLE DU JOUR (AUS) 5M
DEHERE (USA) - DELIGHTFUL BELLE (NZ) BALMERINO (NZ)
D NIKOLIC 52.5 CLARRY CONNERS 18
RUBITANO (AUS) 4G
RUBITON (AUS) - MRS. SOFFEL (AUS) THE JUDGE (AUS)
S BASTER 51.0 BRIAN MAYFIELD-SMITH 3
TOLEDO (AUS) 7G
AT TALAQ (USA) - TENERIFFE (USA) RIVERMAN (USA)
D OLIVER 54.5 RUSSELL CAMERON 7
MISS PENNYMONEY (AUS) 3F
BROCCO (USA) - BOLD PROMISE (AUS) LUSKIN STAR (AUS)
D BEASLEY 53.5 J T CONLAN 14

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