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2020 Newmarket Handicap - Graff tipped to win Autumn Carnival feature

Graff has been best-backed to win the $1.5 million Newmarket Handicap on Australian Cup Day
Redkirk Warrior
(Getty Images)

2020 Newmarket Handicap Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

DateSaturday March 8, 2020
StatusGroup 1
ConditionsOpen Handicap
Prize Money$1.25 million

Held on the same day as the Australian Cup, the Newmarket Handicap is always an exciting sprint down the Flemington straight and it usually ends in the field splitting into two divisions.

Redkirk Warrior has dominated the race with wins in 2017 and 2018, but there's new breed waiting in the wings and it's shaping up to be one of the must-watch races during the Australian Autumn Carnival.

2020 Newmarket Handicap final field, barrier draw and odds

1Redkirk Warrior1923.00
2Santa Ana Lane1011.00
3Brave Smash2321.00
4Osborne Bulls224.00
5Voodoo Lad571.00
6In Her Time1613.00
10Whispering Brook1334.00
11Bons Away426.00
12Champagne Cuddles1834.00
13Divine Quality234.00
16I'll Have A Bit1151.00
18Usain Bowler1451.00
23Lean Mean Machine323.00

2020 Newmarket Handicap Best Bet - Graff @ 7.50

Graff might only be a three-time winner but the three-year-old colt is talented and will get into this race well off on the weights. The Kris Lees-trained son of Star Witness scored a win in the San Domenico Stakes before encouraging performances at the top age-group level.

He ran second behind Lean Mean Machine on a heavy track in the Run To The Rose before running third behind The Autumn Sun in the Group 1 Golden Rose. Age-group form doesn't always stack up in the Newmarket Handicap but with more maturity under his belt, he looks a strong betting proposition and punters have already started investing.

Graff winning at Hawkesbury. (Getty Images)

2020 Newmarket Handicap Best Each Way - Nature Strip @ 9.00

We are not sure which Autumn Carnival race Nature Strip will be set for, but he loves running down the Flemington straight and the Newmarket Handicap looks like the obvious target.

Trained by Darren Weir, the talented sprinter is coming off a career-worst eighth in the Moir Stakes last start but he will have a run in the W.J. Adams Stakes on February 2 where he is paying 1.50 to win.

He's likely to come through that run a winner and that should shorten his odds for the 2019 Newmarket Handicap.

2020 Newmarket Handicap Best Roughie - Brutal @ 17.00

Brutal looked good winning all three races during his first campaign and although his latest win in the Listed Exford Plate came by only a nose at Flemington, it was still a tough win over a subsequent winner.

The Hawkes-trained colt hasn't been tested against any opposition close to what he will face in the Newmarket Handicap but he's still maturing and he will likely be a trending pick come race day.

Best Bet: Graff - 7.50 @ bet365
Best Each Way: Nature Strip - 9.00 @ bet365
Best Roughie: Brutal - 17.00 @ bet365

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