The Newmarket Handicap is a 1200m Group 1 race and the total prize money on offer is $1,250,000. It has been on the Racing calendar since 1874. This race occurs at Flemington Racecourse and is a part of the Autumn Racing Carnival.
It's an open handicap race with the only restriction on maiden horses. The 2019 race will be at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday, 9th March.
The current champion from 2018 is Redkirk Warrior and he'll be aiming for a third victory in a row at this event. A third straight win would see Redkirk Warrior break the record for most consecutive victories.
He joins only four other horses that have won back to back events, which includes: Aspen (1880-1881), Gothic (1927-2918), Correct (1960, 1961) and Razor Sharp (1982-1983).
Originally, the Newmarket Handicap was created as a short and interesting race for the Club's program during Autumn. Since 1874, it has now become one of Australia's premier sprint races.
This race has been won by former champions, such as Black Caviar in 2011 and Ajax in 1938. In 2007, the race was moved from Flemington due to track work and it was held at Caulfield Racecourse. Other than 2007, this event has always taken place at Flemington Racecourse.
It's also never changed distance in history as a 1200m sprint race. From 1874 until 1979, the event was classed as a Principal Race and gained Group 1 status in 1979.
In general, this race has been dominated by three-year-old horses with a 50% record from 2004 until 2015. So depending on the field, it can be more beneficial to look for a younger horse at the moment.
The nominations for this race start around a month before the start so this gives punters' plenty of time to find a winning bet. It also opens up an opportunity to bet on future markets at various Australian bookmakers. Some of the best lead-up races to watch are the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes and Oakleigh Plate.
The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes takes place two weeks prior to this event and is run over 1000m at Flemington. The Oakleigh Plate follows the week after at Caulfield over 1100m.
Since 2008, 9 of 11 winners of this race have raced in either event as a lead-up. So looking at the form from these two races can help you find a winner for the Newmarket Handicap.
As this is a sprint race, the barrier draw doesn't give a certain runner an advantage compared to a longer distance race. From 2012 until 2015, three of the four winners came from an outside barrier.
In terms of bet types, this event offers the basics of betting on the races, such as a fixed win bet or an exotic trifecta.
The odds available will depend on the bookmaker. Also, betting promotions can be available for this event, such as getting money back if your selection finishes second or third.
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