The Joe Pride trained Terravista will look to become the first horse since Black Caviar to secure the Lightning/Newmarket double in the same year and also be the first top-weight since Hay List in 2012 to take home the trophy. The 7YO launched his Autumn campaign in the Lightning Stakes and after settling near the rear of the pack over the five furlong scamper, finished strongly to blow them away and take the prize. In a late Spring prep involving just two starts, he carried 60.5kg in the Listed Mumm Stakes down the Flemington straight over 1000m, beaten a head by Redzel. He was then taken across the Nullarbor for the Winterbottom Stakes at 1200m where he started favourite and after settling near the speed, faded off late to be well covered. Corey Brown takes the ride again, with his 2 rides resulting in wins and from 6 starts at Flemington, Terravista is yet to miss a placing.
Despite his highest grade win coming in a Listed event, Spieth lines up here with 55.5kg as the second in weight order. That Listed win came last campaign in the Tattersalls Lightning at Randwick where he rattled home from well back to grab Kaepernick near the line to score. The entire was first-up into that race and his only other start for the prep came in the G1 Darley Classic. Attempting to weave a passage, he was still close to two lengths off the leader and eventual winner Malaguerra at the clock-tower who had loomed up to hit the lead. Still probing he found an opening and went under by a half-head. His sectional splits were amazing reading as he was absolutely flying in the latter stages and then resuming in the Lightning Stakes it was like a carbon-copy of where his Spring ended. Probing for gaps he was airborne-late but the race was gone as he was looking for space.
The Mick Price trained colt has started once down the straight six at Flemington when finishing 5th behind stable-mate Flying Artie in the Coolmore Stud Stakes in the Spring, finishing two lengths in arrears of the winner. Last start in the Oakleigh Plate he carried 54kg and started favourite when finishing 3rd to Sheidel. Resulting from that, Craig Newitt has been replaced by the Magic Man, Joao Moreira. In winning the Moir last Spring, the colt defeated older runners including Chautauqua, Buffering and Heatherly. He will drop to 53kg under the handicap scale here.
Sheidel resumed in the best way possible when securing the G1 Oakleigh Plate last start, leading throughout to score a one length victory. That was her 15th career victory and took her earnings past $1.5m. Last Spring when third-up in the G3 Northwood Plume over 1200m at Caulfield she started favourite and didn’t let punters down in scoring a half-length victory. Her next run was in the G3 Begonia Belle where she turned the tables on Wild Rain at 1100m down the straight here at Flemington. Given a shot in the G1 Darley she set the pace at the front of the pack and was run-down late. Taken West for the Winterbottom she nearly pinched it with Damien Oliver riding and only Takedown getting past. Oliver is back on for this assignment as she looks to secure her first victory down the Flemington straight six and her 2nd up record is 5:2-1-0.
The time honoured Group 1 Newmarket Handicap is the only G1 sprint over 1200m on the Australian turf calendar held under open handicap conditions. The race was first held in 1874 as a Principal race and in 1979 was granted Group 1 Status.
The 6 furlong dash down the Flemington straight, is the ‘Grand Final’ of the 3 big sprint races of the Melbourne Autumn. The Autumn sprint triple crown incorporates the Lightning Stakes at 1000m, Oakleigh Plate at 1100m and culminates with the Newmarket Handicap at 1200m.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $1.25m with the winner to receive $750,000. The 2016 winner was the Robbie Griffiths trained The Quarterback, ridden by Craig Newitt. Other past winners include Black Caviar, Weekend Hussler, Miss Andretti, Takeover Target, Schillaci and Placid Ark. While from the history books, other winners have been Wakeful, Gothic, Auries Star and Ajax..
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|Newmarket Handicap Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 11th March 2017|
|Race Time:||14:55 AEST|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2016 Winner:||The Quarterback|
|2017 Newmarket Handicap Odds|
The Newmarket Handicap is a Group 1 race held on Australian Cup Day during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. It is programmed alongside other prominent races, such as the Group 1 Australian Cup and the Group 2 VRC Sires Produce Stakes. Held over 1200m down Flemington famour ‘straight six’ course, it features some of the best sprinters from around the country vying for a slice of the $1 million prize money. This race is a favourite of veteran trainer Bart Cummings, who has won the event eight times, (1972, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1990, 1991), and jockey Damien Oliver, who has won it three times (1992, 2001, 2005).
Many great horses have participated in the race over the years, including the undefeated Black Caviar (2011), Weekend Hussler (2008), Miss Andretti (2007), Takeover Target (2006), Alinghi (2005), General Nediym (1998), Schillac1 (1992), Special (1988), Placid Ark (1987), Razor Sharp (1982/83), Maybe Mahal (1978), Baguette (1971), Ajax (1938), Aurie’s Star (1937), Gothic (1927/28) and Wakeful (1901). The Group 1 Lightning Stakes and Group 1 Oakleigh Plate are used as lead up races, with Lankan Rupee completing the Oakleigh Plate/Newmarket Handicap double..
|2016||THE QUARTERBACK||CRAIG NEWITT||ROBBIE GRIFFITHS||01:09.2|
|2015||BRAZEN BEAU||JOAO MOREIRA||CHRIS WALLER||01:09.2|
|2014||LANKAN RUPEE||CHAD SCHOFIELD||MICK PRICE||01:09.2|
|2013||SHAMEXPRESS||CRAIG NEWITT||DANNY O’BRIEN||01:08.1|
|2012||HAY LIST||GLYN SCHOFIELD||JOHN MCNAIR||01:08.7|
|2011||BLACK CAVIAR||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:07.3|
|2010||WANTED||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:10.1|
|2009||SCENIC BLAST||STEVE ARNOLD||DANIEL MORTON||01:08.7|
|2008||WEEKEND HUSSLER||BRAD RAWILLER||ROSS MCDONALD||01:08.9|
|2007||MISS ANDRETTI||CRAIG NEWITT||LEE FREEDMAN||01:07.7|
|2006||TAKEOVER TARGET||JAY FORD||JOE JANIAK||01:08.0|