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Gr1 Newmarket Handicap Field & Barriers

Thursday, 9th March 2017

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1.25 million Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) to be run at Flemington racecourse this Saturday. Weights have been raised 0.5kg to ensure a minimum top weight of 57kg. The time-honoured event is one of the feature sprints on the racing calendar and has been won by some of Australia's greatest sprinters including Black Caviar (2011), Miss Andretti (2007), Takeover Target (2006), Exceed and Excel (2004), Primacy (1993), Schillaci (1992), Placid Ark (1987), Maybe Mahal (1978), Century (1973), Baguette (1971), Bernborough (1946), Heroic (1926), and Wakeful (1901). This year the favourite is the Bryce Heys-trained chestnut Spieth who will be chasing his maiden top flight victory following successive Gr1 placings in the Darley Classic and Lightning Stakes. Spieth is currently $3.50 with the Tab, ahead of dual Gr1-winning 3YO Extreme Choice at $5.50, Gr1-placed 3YO Star Turn at $6.50, and Illustrious Lad at $8. All other runners are at double figure odds headed by Lightning Stakes hero Terravista at $11. The final field is:

  1. TERRAVISTA (Joseph Pride-Corey Brown) 57kg (12)
  2. SPIETH (Bryce Heys-Hugh Bowman) 55.5kg (1)
  3. THE QUARTERBACK (Robbie Griffiths-Craig Newitt) 55kg (7)
  4. SHEIDEL (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-Damien Oliver) 54kg (3)
  5. VOODOO LAD (Darren Weir-Damian Lane) 54kg (2)
  6. EXTREME CHOICE (Mick Price-Joao Moreira) 53kg (13)
  7. ILLUSTRIOUS LAD (Peter Gelagotis-Anthony Darmanin) 53kg (5)
  8. TIVACI (Michael Moroney-Patrick Moloney) 53kg (6)
  9. STAR TURN (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-Glen Boss) 52.5kg (11)
  10. SUPER CASH (Andrew Noblet-Ben Allen) 52.5kg (9)
  11. COUNTERATTACK (Chris Waller-Stephen Baster) 52.5kg (10)
  12. REDKIRK WARRIOR (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-R Bayliss) 52.5kg (4)
  13. INSPECTOR (Peter White-Dean Yendall) 52.5kg (8)
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