Newmarket Handicap 2019, Flemington racecourse
Group 1 $1.25 million Newmarket Handicap – Flemington Racecourse,
Saturday 9 March 2019
Melbourne Racing tips takes us to a sprint classic for this Saturday Racing tips with the Newmarket Handicap. The Newmarket Handicap is a Group 1 Open Handicap race held in March at Flemington racecourse during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. It has prize money of $1.25 million and is the major feature sprint race for the Carnival. Our expert Melbourne Racing tips will prominently feature analysis of the Newmarket Handicap along with the other feature Group 1 race the Australian Cup over 2000m.
The Flemington ‘Straight Six’ 1200m course is a straight track with no turns and horses with proven records at the course and distance are ones to look as strong chances and our expert Melbourne Racing tips analyst Pete Brinky will ensure our Melbourne Saturday Racing tips will prominently feature expanded analysis of the Newmarket Handicap.
The Newmarket Handicap is the premier handicap sprint event held at Flemington and is run down the 1200m straight. The race has been won by many of our finest sprinters over the years such as Black Caviar (2011), Schillaci (1992) and the mighty Redkirik Warrior (2017/18).
Melbourne Racing tips Newmarket Handicap – the key stats!
The Lighting Stakes and Oakleigh Plate are the lead up races as form guide for this race, the Oakleigh the most important of the two. Every winner in the last 12 years has raced at group 1 level at its last run prior to the Newmarket.
It is s very important when assessing the form to give the 3 year olds consideration, as a bonus they generally get in with a featherweight and they have won nine of the last eighteen Newmarket Handicaps so respect is a must.
Redkirk Warrior is endeavouring to do what no other horse has done win the Newmarket Handicap three times. The stable were actually targeting the All Star Mile but didn’t get in so have dropped him back to the 1200m for a third shot at the trophy.
Graff (fourth in Lightning) and Sunlight (third Lightning) look very solid 3 year old chances with no weight on their back with the WA jockey William Pike making the trip to Melbourne to ride Graff chasing his first Melbourne Group 1. Booker, Encryption and Eduardo have the Oakleigh Plate form which appears to be really underestimated this year.
The winner and placegetters of the Newmarket Handicap will likely then make their way North for the riches of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and suitable races such as The Galaxy over 1100m or the TJ Smith Stakes also over 1200m.
The Newmarket Handicap is race 6 on the big Super Saturday card at Flemington and the Melbourne Racing tips Newmarket Handicap market is as follows:
$3.90 Osborne Bulls
$9.00 Graff, Eduardo
$13 In her Time
$23 Encryption, Lean Mean Machine, Brave Smash
$26 Redkirk Warrior, Bons Away
$32+ all other runners
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