The Newmarket Handicap is one of the feature races during the Australian Autumn Carnival and the maximum field runs this Saturday at Flemington.
The 1200m sprint down the Flemington straight is always an exciting affair and with such a wide-open field, punters are getting value throughout.
We have our best bet, best each way and best roughie for the 2019 Newmarket Handicap.
2019 Newmarket Handicap final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Newmarket Handicap 2019
Osborne Bulls @ $4 – Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Santa Ana Lane @ $9.50 – Bet Now
Brave Smash @ $19 – Bet Now
Newmarket Handicap Form Guide & Tips
Redkirk Warrior ($27) – Bet Now
Loves running down the Flemington straight and he should be much shorter in the betting. Has four wins from six starts at Flemington and that should warrant attention.
$26 is too high despite his average form this season.
Santa Ana Lane (Best Each Way – $9.50) – Bet Now
Knows how to win a group one race as he showed last start. That was his only good run at Flemington but it was enough to capture the attention of us and punters.
$11 into $9.50 and more money will likely come on the day.
Brave Smash (Best Roughie – $19) – Bet Now
Still waiting to get out after a horror run last start and the only concern is the betting drift. The former Japanese sprinter opened at $14 and has drifted to $19.
Still, looms as a winning chance and we’re not dropping him yet.
Osborne Bulls (Best Bet – $4) – Bet Now
Quality sprinter which will sit off the pace from barrier 22 and launch an assault down the outside of runners.
The James Cummings-trained gelding has nine wins from 15 starts, including a placing in The Everest and there’s no denying his turn-of-foot.
$4 is a fair price and he looks tough to hold out.
Voodoo Lad ($41) – Bet Now
Talented on its day but it was left behind by Nature Strip last start and we’re not sure that’s the best form coming into this.
Odds tell the story but he can pull out a big run and it wouldn’t shock.
In Her Time ($12) – Bet Now
Nine-time winner which scored a deserved win in the Lightning Stakes last time out. Defeated some smart types, including Osborne Bulls and the mare shouldn’t be overlooked here.
$13 could be worth taking as a saver bet.
Dothraki ($51) – Bet Now
Battling eight-year-old which would need the inside to be playing very nicely to win. Looks held at this level.
Booker ($18) – Bet Now
Made the best of a hot tempo set by Nature Strip last time out when she finished with a huge turn-of-foot.
Gets in well here with only 53kg and she has good form on this track. $19 could be worth taking but this is a strong field and she might need to improve a length or two.
Whispering Brook ($41) – Bet Now
Dangerous when down in the weights at 52.5kg and the 10-time winner could pose a threat in this. Has two wins from three starts at Flemington and she’s another runner at nice odds.
Just needs to rebound after a poor performance at Caulfield.
Bons Away ($26) – Bet Now
Good win two back and although fourth last time out behind Booker, he was making good ground and that form should be considered.
Has never cemented itself as a group one horse but this could be its chance.
Champagne Cuddles ($35) – Bet Now
Tough mare but she has won only four races and that’s a big blight on her career. Needs to cross the line first more to be considered a threat at group one level.
Divine Quality ($34) – Bet Now
Twice a winner at Flemington but she ability is best suited to grades lower than this. Look to back her in something easier.
Eduardo ($9) – Bet Now
Huge run for third in the Oakleigh Plate behind Booker and he’s going to mature into a more-than-handy sprinter.
This might come up a little too soon for him but the son of Host carries 52kg and he will likely attract attention. $9 is a touch too short in the betting.
Glenall ($81) – Bet Now
Out of form and the $81 gives his chances away. No good last time out and he’s another looking for easier grades.
I’ll Have A Bit ($61) – Bet Now
Has only two wins to her name and only two placings from five starts at Flemington. Not good enough for group one level and she shouldn’t be finishing close.
Missrock ($71) – Bet Now
Hasn’t won for a long time and that’s unlikely to change here. 52kg helps but it would take a mammoth effort to score in this.
Usain Bowler ($51) – Bet Now
Gelding with ability and he scored his only start on this track. Didn’t fire at Caulfield last start but Flemington should suit much better.
Not the worst at odds.
Encryption ($23) – Bet Now
Made steady ground when running second behind Booker in the Oakleigh Plate and the three-year-old is only going to improve with more time.
51kg helps and he has the ability to cause an upset.
Graff ($9) – Bet Now
Drawn deep in a cluster of good horses but he’s a three-year-old colt with good form and all the talent needed to win this.
Went well enough last time out and it’s good to see William Pike getting a good ride in Melbourne.
Adds some interest here.
Zousain ($15) – Bet Now
Was beaten as the short-priced favourite last start but he didn’t have any luck in running. Probably should have won but punters should forgive that effort.
$15 is much better than the $1.40 on offer last time out.
Sunlight ($10) – Bet Now
Yet to finish out of the placings from three starts at Flemington and she has plenty of pace.
She will likely go forward and potentially cross to the rail. If she can show her usual kick over the concluding stages, she could be tough to get past.
Lean Mean Machine ($20) – Bet Now
2.6 lengths behind In Her Time last start and if there was some rain about, his chances would increase. Looks the second-string of the Waller-trained three-year-old runners.