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Newmarket Handicap Horse Race

We have all the information you’ll need about the Newmarket Handicap race at Flemington Racecourse (click here to learn more about the major horse races in Flemington).

This top sprint handicap is part of the Autumn Racing Carnival at Flemington in Melbourne. Some of the best sprinters in Australia have won this race, we take you through everything you need to know.

Race History

The Newmarket Handicap was first staged way back in 1874. The raced was added to create even more interest in the Autumn Carnival as a sprint was needed, the 1200-metre event having been on the schedule ever since.

These days, the Newmarket Handicap is probably thought of in terms of prominence at Flemington as second only to the Melbourne Cup race itself.

Nowadays, the Newmarket Handicap is one of a pair of Group 1 races featured on Super Saturday. The Australian Cup is the other main event on that day in early March.
Some of the greats of sprinting have won this race, including Black Caviar in 2011. In 2018, Redkirk Warrior became only the fifth horse in history to win this race twice.

Newmarket Handicap Results 2021

We witnessed another fantastic renewal of the Newmarket Handicap in 2021. The first four placed horses home being:

  1. Zoutori (J: Luke Currie, T: Mathew Ellewerton & Simon Zahra)
  2. Indian Pacific (J: Brad Parnham, T: Neville Parnham)
  3. Amish Boy (J: Dean Yendall, T: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace)
  4. Prague (J: Michael Dee, T: Annabel Neasham)

Past Winners

Chris Waller is among the trainers to have landed this race. These speed stars are the last ten horses to land one of the Victoria Racing Club’s biggest events. Newmarket Handicap winners:

  • 2021 – Zoutori
  • 2020 – Bivouac
  • 2019 – Sunlight
  • 2018 – Redkirk Warrior
  • 2017 – Redkirk Warrior
  • 2016 – The Quarterback
  • 2015 – Brazen Beau
  • 2014 – Lankan Rupee
  • 2013 – Shamexpress
  • 2012 – Hay List
Newmarket Handicap Race

Barrier Draw Statistics

When having a bet in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap, the barrier draw must be part of your thinking.

Newmarket handicap betting is often shaped around this. Here’s how each barrier has performed in this race:


2021 Newmarket Final Field & Barriers

The barrier draw for the 2021 Newmarket Handicap, along with where each runner finished.

1Amish Boy3rd
2Prophet’s Thumb6th
3Indian Pacific2nd
6Celebrity Queen13th
8September Run10th
9Bold Star15th
10Brooklyn Hustle8th
11Elite Street11th
14Sirius Suspect7th
17Swats That5th


Your main questions about the Newmarket Handicap race answered.

The next instalment of the Newmarket Handicap is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2022.

The Newmarket Handicap is staged over the sprint distance of 1200 metres (around 6 furlongs).

The Newmarket Handicap is worth a total of $1,250,000.

Learn more about other Group 1 races in Flemington, Melbourne

If you are looking for other group 1 horse races in Flemington racecourse, read the pages listed below to get more information.

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