Newmarket Handicap Flemington Tips
Race: Newmarket Handicap Flemington
When: 10thMarch 2018
Where: Flemington Racecourse
The 2018 Lexus Newmarket Hcp is a Group I will be heldover a distance of1200 meters at Flemington Racecourse. The total prize money up grabs is $1,250,000.00. Previously, the Lexus Newmarket Hcp waslast run on Saturday, March 11, 2017. It was won byRedkirk Warrior (GBR).
In this race, the pre-draw favorites are Merchant Navy in barrier four and Brave Smash from barrier two. It’s important to note that the previous six winnersin straight-course races at Flemington have left from barriers 10, 10, 7, 7, 6 and 7.The Redkirk Warrior will be back to run the course and rose from 52.5kg to 57.5kg
Here are the top contenders for this race.
1. Redkirk Warrior
He has to prepare to take some heat during this race despite increasing 5kg from last year’s win. Last year, he was phenomenal because he was able to beatsuperstar sprinter Redzel at level weights in the G1 Lightning Stakes (1000m).
Based on this achievement, he will be hard to beat in any races held this year. He ran almost unheard-of sectionals (32.35 last 600), recording consecutive splits of 10.41, 10.45, 10.60 and 10.56. Also, he hit the finish line at a speed of68.18 km/h.
2. Rock Magic
Rock Magic hasn’t managed to place in any of his last four runs. His last win came in June 2017 over in WA. In the Lightning Stakes, he was beaten by Missrock and Supido. However, he did come close to Redkirk Warrior’s last 600 (32.35) and his eyes on winning a group 1 placing. He has three wins over 1200 but has yet to score on the straight track. Class-wise, he may probably be below the others,but he could potentially find himself in the top spot if he gets the right run in transit.
3. Rich Charm
This horse won a victory in the Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes over Missrock at this track and distance. He alsoran identical closing splits to Merchant Navylast start in the G2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m). This Udyta Clarke-trained gelding returns to Flemingtonwhere he’s won 3 from 5. Also, this includes a brilliant victory over this same route two starts ago.
However, he will need a little bit more than luck from barrier 5. Don’t paytoo much attention to the fact he finished outside of the placings. His strength lies in a lovely turn-of-foot and plummets in weight down to 52.5kg.