Newmarket Handicap Barrier Draw Stats & Info

Newmarket Handicap Barrier Draw

2025 Newmarket Handicap Stakes Barrier Draw Stats & Info

The 2025 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) barrier draw and final field will be announced at 9:30am on Wednesday, March 05, 2025. 


Newmarket Handicap Nominations – First Look at the Contenders

Nominations for the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap will be announced at 12pm on Monday, 03 March.

The Newmarket Handicap is a prestigious sprint race held at Flemington Racecourse that attracts superstars. Black Caviar captured the race in 2011 and horses such as Wakeful, Ajax, Bernborough, Alinghi, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti, Hay List and Lankan Rupee have won the Newmarket Handicap.


Newmarket Handicap Barrier Draw – When, Where And How Does It Work?

The barrier draw for the 2025 Newmarket Handicap will be revealed on Wednesday, March 05, 2025.

Large fields often compete down the famous Flemington ‘Straight Six’ in the Newmarket Handicap and the barrier draw can often dictate where jockeys will ride their horses. Sometimes we will see two groups of horses as one plots a path towards the inside or middle of the track and the other makes its way near the outside fence in front of the cheering crowd.

The barriers are computer generated which is the same method used for more than 99% of races in Australia.


Newmarket Handicap Barrier Statistics – Winners From The Past 20 Years

Year Horse Barrier Weight
2024 Cylinder 11 51.5kg
2023 In Secret 8 51.5kg
2022 Roch ’n’ Horse 3 52.5kg
2021 Zoutori 4 57kg
2020 Bivouac 6 54kg
2019 Sunlight 8 50.5kg
2018 Redkirk Warrior 15 57.5kg
2017 Redkirk Warrior 4 52.5kg
2016 The Quarterback 7 52kg
2015 Brazen Beau 5 52kg
2014 Lankan Rupee 12 56.5kg
2013 Shamexpress 10 51.5kg
2012 Hay List 14 58.5kg
2011 Black Caviar 7 58kg
2010 Wanted 7 51.5kg
2009 Scenic Blast 2 57kg
2008 Weekend Hussler 12 56kg
2007 Miss Andretti 11 56kg
2006 Takeover Target 12 57kg
2005 Alinghi 3 53.5kg


Is There A Draw Bias in the Newmarket Handicap?

Winners of the Newmarket Handicap have come from a wide variety of barriers over the years with winners from barriers one and also a winner from barrier 18 over the past 40 years.

Barrier six has produced the most winners since 1983 with seven of them jumping from that gate.

There is enough evidence in recent decades to show that there is no draw bias for the Newmarket Handicap. Winners will sometimes need luck in running as the big field of sprinters can make it tricky for every runner to have clear running.


Most Successful Newmarket Handicap Barriers

Barrier Wins
6 7
4 4
8 5
11 4
13 3

Last updated for 2024 Newmarket Handicap Results

Please note that barrier statistics only include races from 1983 onwards.

READ: Newmarket Handicap Barrier Draw News and Assessment 



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