The Newmarket Handicap is one of the feature sprint races on the Australian calendar and the best sprinters take to Flemington this Saturday.
It could be a fairy tale win for Udyta Clarke and Rich Charm, or will one of the powerhouse training stables take home the prize?
We have our best bet, best each way and best roughie for the sprinting feature.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 Newmarket Handicap final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Newmarket Handicap 2018
Redkirk Warrior @ $7.50 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Catchy @ $9 – BET NOW
Supido @ $13 – BET NOW
Newmarket Handicap Form Guide & Tips
Redkirk Warrior (Best Bet- $7.50) – BET NOW
The Lindsay Park-trained import scored a stellar win at Flemington last time out and he has a real liking for the firm ground.
Having won seven of his 16 career starts, the seven-year-old still has plenty of top racing left in his legs and drawing wide down the straight is preferable here.
We’re expecting another top effort from this exciting sprinter.
Brave Smash ($7.50) – BET NOW
Impressive Group 1 winner last start and underrate him at your peril.
The Japanese import is tough to beat on his day and now that the confidence is up, expect consistent runs from the five-year-old.
Flemington might not suit as he enjoys a turn but don’t discount his chances.
Lord Of The Sky ($41) – BET NOW
Needs a wet track and is unlikely to get one here.
Can produce the odd good sprint but the odds reflect his chances.
Rich Charm ($7.50) – BET NOW
This would provide the feel-good story of the day if Rich Charm could win a Group 1 for Udyta Clarke.
The country trainer loves an emotional win and although we’re not sure Rich Charm is cut out for winning a Group 1, he loves this track and the crowd will be cheering him home.
Would have liked double-figure odds from bookmakers.
Rock Magic ($17) – BET NOW
The Perth-based runner hasn’t quite lived up to expectations in Melbourne and we’re not sure he’ll be able to cope at this level.
He was 1.8 lengths behind Redkirtk Warrior last start and it’s tough to see him finding two lengths to turn the tables.
Supido (Best Roughie – $13) – BET NOW
Supido finished 1.6 lengths behind Redkirk Warrior last start and he’s a multiple winner with one run under his belt.
The lightly-tried six-year-old has won seven from 15 career starts and although he hasn’t been winning as frequently of late, he’s got a good turn-of-foot which will be needed to beat this field.
Good odds on offer.
Thronum ($13) – BET NOW
Has speed which is good to have, but we would like to see him going around a turn.
He likes to use the turn to kick and going down the straight might take away that advantage.
Fastnet Tempest ($34) – BET NOW
Fresh up for Lindsay Park and this is nothing more than a shot at the stumps.
Prefers to run over longer distances and we would be shocked to see the import taking out the Group 1 Newmarket.
Ken’s Dream ($23) – BET NOW
We were happy to take the each way odds when he won last start at Flemington, but he’s not a Group 1 horse.
He will enjoy carrying a light weight of 52kg and he’s drawn to get cover but this should be too tough for the benchmark 90 winner.
Lucky Liberty ($34) – BET NOW
Handy efforts his last two starts but they came behind Stellar Collision and Ken’s Dream.
That form shouldn’t stack up at this level and he should struggle to sprint with them.
Merchant Navy ($5) – BET NOW
Drifting in the betting but still holds plenty of weight.
Quality three-year-old which gets into the race with only 52kg on his back. That should help his chances and he was game in defeat behind Super Cash last start, but the odds are too short for our liking.
He has never beaten open class opposition and although Chad Schofield is coming from Hong Kong to ride, we’re prepared to risk him.
Missrock ($21) – BET NOW
Improved performance for third behind Redkirk Warrior last start and she has always been capable of producing the upset.
Second up form doesn’t read well, however, so we’re prepared to let her slip by.
So Si Bon ($20) – BET NOW
Yet to win from three fresh up starts and this is a tough first-up target.
Look for something easier.
Booker ($9) – BET NOW
Talented three-year-old which has been in great form this season.
Won by 1.5 lengths at Caulfield before running fourth behind Russian Revolution last time out.
That was a strong performance and he has placed down the Flemington straight.
Catchy (Best Each Way – $11) – BET NOW
Don’t forget about this classy filly, which was always going to need time after a break.
Sixth behind Russian Revolution last start at Caulfield but this is a track she has won at in the past and with only 50kg on her back, punters should include her in their selections.