33 Horses Set To Run The Race For $1.25 Million
The race is officially on to get a run in the $1,250,000 prize money offered in Newmarket Handicap. It was reported that 33 horses paid up for at first acceptances. A lot has changed over the past few years. Three years ago, therewere only 22 horses in total.
However, the interest in the Newmarket Handicap has risen. The race that needs to be run is 1200m in length. Those who won the last year will also be joining the lineup this year. 10 of the contenders come fromthe Lindsay Park stable of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig.
Other stableswith multiple Newmarket entries are Henry Dwyer, Darren Weir,Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra, Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes and Robbie Laing.
The Japanese galloper Brave Smash is vying for the top spot. The Darren Weir-trained Brave Smash, ridden by Craig Williams is one of 33 first acceptors for the race. This horse began its career in Japan and was brought to Australiaby managing owners Australian Bloodstock.
Darren believes that the Brave smash can potentially win the 1200m of the Newmarket. Brave Smash came up third inthe inaugural Everest last year behind Redzel and Redkirk Warrior.