The Newmarket Handicap
The 2009 Newmarket Handicap was participated by 22 race horses that are vying to take a big slice of the $1 million prize purse. After 1200 metres of a hardly fought race, Daniel Morton’s Scenic Blast won the race with jockey Steven Arnold guiding him.
Scenic took advantage of his start from the second barrier to win the 136th edition of the prestigious sprint race. Before the race, Scenic Blast was given betting odds of 12.00 and he weighed 57 kilograms. Scenic Blast finished the race in 1 minute, 8.75 seconds.
Finishing at the runner-up spot is Swiss Ace which started from the wide 13th barrier and was led to this impressive performance by jockey Ken Pope. Swiss Ace weighed 55.5 kilograms coming into the race and he also had betting odds of 21.00. Swiss Ace just fell short by one-fifth of a length behind Scenic Blast.
Coming in at third place is Aichi with betting odds of 17.00. Aichi was guided during the race by Craig Newitt and the horse weighed 51 kilograms. Jumping out of the third barrier, this Peter Snowden-trained race horse finished a full length behind Swiss Ace.
Finishing at fourth place is Northern Meteor with betting odds of 7.50 and he started from the eleventh barrier. This 52.5-kilogram race horse was navigated by Blake Shinn and trained by Gai Waterhouse. Closing out the top five is Swick which started from the fourth barrier and has betting odds of 15.00. The Bart Cummings-trained Swick was led during the race by jockey Vlad Duric.
Finishing at sixth place is Fist of Fury which also started from the sixth barrier. This John O’ Shea-trained race horse was given betting odds of 8.00 and he was guided by jockey Glen Boss. Crossing the line at seventh place is Absolut Glam which is trained by Danny O’ Brien. Absolut Glam had betting odds of 12.00 and was guided by legendary jockey Damien Oliver.
At eighth place is Duporth with betting odds of 17.00 and he started from the fifth barrier. Duporth was jockeyed by Nicholas Hall and he had a race weight of 51.5 kilograms. Finishing the Newmarket Handicap at ninth place is the Mark Young-trained Secret Flyer with race betting odds of 8.00. Secret Flyer started from the 17th barrier and he was navigated by jockey Dwayne Dunn.
Starting from the 12th barrier, David Jolly’s Tramuntana finished tenth and he was tagged with betting odds of 41.00. Finishing at eleventh spot is Brian Mayfield-Smith’s Orange County which was given betting odds of 21.00. The 56-kilogram Orange County started from the seventh barrier and was accompanied by jockey Nicholas Hall.
Despite starting from the first barrier, Stanzout finished 12th with jockey Steven King on board and betting odds of 61.00. Meanwhile, the Lee Freedman-trained Time Thief finished in 13th spot despite having betting odds of 10.00. Finishing at 14th place is the Barry Baldwin-trained Burdekin Blues. The 53.5-kilogram Burdekin Blues started from the ninth barrier and he was tagged with betting odds of 9.00.
Crossing the line at 15th spot is Seventh Rock while Grand Duels and Triple Honour finished in 16th and 17th place respectively. Two David Hayes-trained horses, Red Element and Largo Lad, finished in 18th and 19th place respectively. Rounding out the rear are King Hoaks in 20th, Undue in 21st and Typhoon Zed in 22nd place. Typhoon Zed finished about 12 ½ lengths behind Scenic Blast.