2018 Newmarket Handicap – Previews and Tips

It’s Super Saturday at Flemington, with the running of two $1 million races, on what is also the final day of the Autumn Carnival in Melbourne. First race up for grabs is Race 6: the Newmarket Handicap run over 1200 metres.

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Here’s the field:

100x1 1. Redkirk Warrior (15), J: R Bayliss, W: 57.5 kgs, 6.00
3x531 2. Brave Smash (2), J: C Williams, W: 56.5 kgs, 7.50
X1650 3. Lord Of The Sky (1), J: Ms K O'Hara, W: 52.5 kgs, 51.00
411x4 4. Rich Charm (5), J: P Moloney, W: 52.5 kgs, 7.50
37655 5. Rock Magic (6), J: D Lane, W: 52.5 kgs, 21.00
X15x4 6. Supido (14), J: B Mertens, W: 52.5 kgs, 12.00
X1314 7. Thronum (7), J: M Dee, W: 52.5 kgs, 14.00
0821x 8. Fastnet Tempest (10), J: B Allen, W: 52 kgs, 34.00
X5141 9. Ken's Dream (8), J: D Yendall, W: 52 kgs, 21.00
30x32 10. Lucky Liberty (13), J: C Parnham, W: 52 kgs, 41.00
101x3 11. Merchant Navy (4), J: C Schofield, W: 52 kgs, 5.00
729x3 12. Missrock (11), J: C Newitt, W: 52 kgs, 18.00
3005x 13. So Si Bon (12), J: M Walker, W: 52 kgs, 18.00
16x14 14. Booker (3), J: B Thompson, W: 50 kgs, 10.00
330x6 15. Catchy (9), J: C J Parish, W: 50 kgs, 11.00

You would expect on sheer weight of numbers that the Lindsay Park operation of Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig will be in the money for the Newmarket Handicap. They have five runners lining up. They won this race last year with Redkirk Warrior, and after his recent win in the Lightning Stakes, he’ll be will sure to command attention at the tote. He loves the course and distance. Put a ring around his name.

The performance of Brave Smash in the Futurity Stakes a fortnight ago was a bottler. A genuine sprinting machine, I did back him to win last start. I might even be so brave (excuse the pun) to do it again.

The gallopr likely to attract the most attention is the three-year-old Merchant Navy. Already a Group 1 winner from last prep, and on the course and same distance, punters will be keeping an eagle eye on his odds. Can he do it against the older horses though? That is the big mystery.

Sure to bring big roars of approval from the crowd if he prevails, is Cranbourne runner Rich Charm. Trained by the popular Udyta Clarke, this bloke is a pocket rocket compared to some of his rivals, but he possesses one crucial element in sprinting: sheer speed. I fancy his chances of a place in this weekend’s Newmarket.

The two three-year-old fillies Booker and Catchy are both very useful gallopers, the latter the winner of last years Blue Diamond. They’d need to be somewhere near their best to feature here. I’m thinking they might be better off in Sydney in a few weeks with some handy three-year-old races coming up.

For mine, I’ll stick with Brave Smash yet again, to prevail over last years Newmarket winner Redkirk Warrior. I’d love to see Rich Charm feature here, and with him being under $10 on the SP’s, the punters think so too.

Brave Smash, Redkirk Warrior, Rich Charm

Best Roughie:
I backed Missrock a few weeks back to run a place, and at $18’s, she’ll be my roughie for the day.

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