SUEZ Newcastle Newmarket Handicap is one of the racing season highlights with the annual running of the Group 3 Newmarket Handicap. Last years winner Happy Clapper put on a spectaular finish to win the Newmarket. Gates open 12.00pm, 1st race 1.50pm and last race 6.10pm. The Group 3 Suez Newmarket will run race 6 at 4.55pm.
The time honoured Group 3 Newcastle Newcastle Newmarket Handicap is the NJC's signature autumn race run over 1400m. The Newmarket Handicap has been run every year since 1955 except 1987 when wet weather intervened. On Friday 9 March 2018, Newcastle Racecourse will host the historic Newmarket Group 3, with prizemoney of $150,000. Newmarket Day at Newcastle Racecourse boasts a total prize pool of $360,000 and is the premier destination for thoroughbred racing, being targeted each year by world class owners and trainers. Over the past ten years many of Australian racing's "Greats" have been adorned the Newmarket honour roll - Gai Waterhouse, Peter Snowden, John Hawkes and Guy Walter have trained outstanding gallopers to win the Newmarket and Group winning jockeys such as Glen Boss, Darren Beadman, Hugh Bowman and James McDonald have left their mark on the race.