The Newmarket Handicap is a Group 1 sprint race over 1200 metres, down the famous Flemington straight. Total prizemoney is $1.5 million.
The Newmarket Handicap was first run all the way back in 1874 and was considered Australia’s premier sprint race for much of it’s history, though in recent times that mantle has been passed to other races such as the TJ Smith Stakes and The Everest. It remains one of the top sprint events in Melbourne.
Newmarket Handicap 2022: Trevor Lawson’s preview
I reckon there’s probably two main chances, then a big gap to the rest. It’s not the greatest edition of the Newmarket that we’ve seen, but there are plenty here with a rough hope given it’s very even aside from the top two.
The rail is out 5 metres. There’s no rain predicted and winds are light, so it should all play very well.
The pace will be genuine as there’s probably six horses here that like to race up on the pace. They’ll probably come down the middle to the outside as they did last week.
Prices courtesy of TopSport, correct at time of publication.
LOST AND RUNNING [$3.70] is in career best form and returned very well with a soft win at Randwick. He looks to still have improvement in him and has drawn well. The horse to beat.
The best horses create their own history and for trainer Chris Waller and the Coolmore-led team behind Home Affairs, they have backed in their star sprinter to win one of Australia’s most iconic sprint races, the G1 Newmarket H.@CoolmoreAus @TomMagnier https://t.co/fihKr9vIAI
— Thoroughbred Daily News AusNZ (@TDNAusNZ) March 10, 2022
QUANTICO [$15] is first-up. He’s ran well down the straight before. He’s drawn out and has a chance at the price.
This morning @FlemingtonVRC – Swats That completed her major work going into Saturday’s Newmarket Hcp with @CWilliamsJockey getting a feel of the mare. Built up nicely in the straight gallop and trainer Troy @MaluaRacing says they plan to ride cold and allow her finish hard.
— Andrew Bensley (@AndrewBensley) March 8, 2022
SNAPDANCER [$16] is a consistent mare that I have returning a peak figure last start under JMac. She loses him here but has still got a chance at good odds.
LEVANTE [$26] has won Group 1s in New Zealand at her past two starts. We ca get a line on her through Entriviere, who raced in Sydney in the spring. Another one with a rough chance.
SEPTEMBER RUN [$26] is first-up here. It’s a long time since she’s fired – she hasn’t won a race wince the Coolmore in 2020 and hasn’t rated near her top since last year’s Lightning. I’d prefer to bet around her.
COUNT DE RUPEE [$31] is first-up here and went out in good form last prep. I’m not sure he’s up to this class but he probably has a rough chance.
HALVORSEN [$41] races well down the straight but this is a very big rise in class. Another very rough chance.
THE ASTROLOGIST [$61] raced on the pace in the Lightning and wasn’t suited. He has a good record down the straight and gets the blinkers for the first time here. He’s only a rough chance but looks over the odds for mine if you’re looking for a big price.
“It’s a pretty strong Newmarket, I think the weight spread is not really in our favour.” https://t.co/chIgzjIJAD
— Racing.com (@Racing) March 8, 2022
ROCH ’N’ HORSE [$67] was narrowly beaten by Levante last start. Rough chance at big odds.
Lost And Running is the horse to beat for mine. I have him marked around $4.50, so let’s wait and see what price we can get on the day. I have Home Affairs just behind at $5.50 and then a big gap to the rest, led by Snapdancer at $14. The Astrologist is only a rough chance, but appeals if you’re looking to find some value at big odds.
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