A field of 13 contests the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday and Bettingpro.com.au provides you with a comprehensive guide to the race.
Newmarket Handicap Final Field and Barrier Draw
The final field and barrier draw for the Newmarket Handicap:
1. GYTRASH Gordon Richards – Ben Melham (2) 57kg
2. ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra – Damian Lane (8) 55kg
3. DESPATCH Tony & Calvin McEvoy – Jamie Kah (6) 54.5kg
4. THE INEVITABLE Scott Brunton – Brett Prebble (13) 54.5kg
5. BIVOUAC James Cummings – Glen Boss (7) 54kg
6. EXCEEDANCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes – Dwayne Dunn (11) 54kg
7. HALVORSEN Robbie Griffiths – Andrew Mallyon (9) 53kg
8. MYSTYKO (NZ) Trevor Rogers – Dean Holland (1) 53kg
9. TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney – Michael Dee (10) 53kg
10. TROPE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes – Michael Poy (a) (5) 53kg
11. LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace – Craig Williams (4) 52.5kg
12. BANQUO Danny O’Brien – Dean Yendall (3) 51kg
13. LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings – Jye McNeil (12) 51kg
Newmarket Handicap Odds
Very open race with plenty of winning chances according to BetEasy.
Loving Gaby $5.00
The Inevitable $9.00
Newmarket Handicap Tips
We should have a bit of a treat in store with cases to be made for Exceedance, Bivouac and Loving Gaby, all of which could start as favourite on Saturday.
Bivouac has the fitness edge over old foe Exceedance, but was beaten when they met at Flemington. Loving Gaby, meanwhile, has a second and third from her two visits to the track.
Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra’s Zoutori, meanwhile, comes off a career-best effort when beaten by 0.5 lengths by Pippie in the Oakleigh Plate, while Tasmanian galloper The Invitable is back bidding for another successful interstate raid having won the Silver Eagle at Randwick last prep.
The Anthony Cummings-trained Libertini made a first start since finishing third in the Coolmore Stud Stakes, and the three-year-old filly should strip fitter for a fourth place run behind Flit in the Group 2 Light Finger Stakes (1200m), a race in which she started as the $1.80 favourite.
Gytrash might just be able to sneak under the radar a little on Saturday. He has top weight to contend with, but there might be more to come after the Lightning Stakes win as he prepares to jump from the same gate (barrier 2) he won from two weeks ago.