Rosemount Estate Newmarket Handicap will be run over 1200 metres at Flemington tomorrow
with a classy field set to clash.
Here is some and
some helpful (and useless) facts on the Group One event.
The race was first run in 1874 and was won by Maid of
Avenel. Atalanta was second and Poodle was third. The race was run in 1 minute 17 seconds.
The first back to back winner of the race was Aspen, who
skiied to victory in both 1880 and 1881.
The race has always been over 1200 metres or six furlongs.
The last back to back winner was the mighty sprinter Razor
Sharp. He downed Penny Edition and Pure of Heart in 1982 and then backed up twelve months
later to beat Ideal Planet and Forgone Conclusion.
Other back to back winners were Correct (1960/1) and Gothic
Last year's winner was the Russell Cameron trained Toledo.
He was ridden to victory by Damien Oliver. Toledo is in tomorrow's race attempting to
defend his victory.
Damien Oliver is the only jockey to have been a multiple
winner in the past ten years. He rode both Schillaci and Toledo to victory in recent
Only two of the past ten winners of the Newmarket Handicap
were winners at their previous start. Last year Toledo only managed to finish eighth in
the Oakleigh Plate at his previous run.
The race has a great record of producing leading stallions.
Past winners to have headed to stud have included General Nediym, Mookta, Century, Manihi
and Heroic. Past placegetters who headed to stud include Umatilla, Clay Hero, Rancho
Ruler, Sequalo, Always Welcome and Hula Chief. This year Sudurka will be having his final
run before retiring to Waikato Stud in New Zealand.
Three of the past four winners have been three-year-olds
(General Nediym, Isca and Miss Pennymoney). Last year's winner Toledo was seven when he
The honour roll for the Newmarket Handicap is like a who's
who of racing. Past winners include General Nediym, Primacy, Schillaci, Shaftesbury
Avenue, Placid Ark, Razor Sharp, Maybe Mahal, Toy Show, Cap D'Antibes, Century, Baguette,
Ripa, Correct, Bernborough, Ajax, Aurie's Star, Waltzing Lily, Gothic, Heroic, Wakeful and
The race record is held by the 2000 winner Miss Pennymoney.
When the filly won she stopped the clock at 1 minute 7.6 seconds, two tenths faster than
the previous year's winner Isca, another three-year-old filly at the time of the win.
Among the high profile horses to be placed (and not won a
Newmarket) include Falvelon, Sequalo, Hareeba, Umatilla, Redelva, Clay Hero, Rancho Ruler,
Rubiton, Always Welcome, Dual Choice, Vivarchi, Easingwold, Lochiel and Carbine.
The last grey to win the race was Schillaci in 1992.
Horses named after places in Australia to have won in the
early days include Lochiel, Parkwood, Carlton and Cranbrook.