Roch ‘N’ Horse looking to retain Newmarket Handicap crown

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There will be 16 runners doing battle down the famous straight in the A$1.5 million Group 1 this Saturday, with  looking to become only the second horse ever to go back-to-back in the race.

The online bookmakers' favourite going into this year's edition of the 1200m feature is the star Peter Moody gelding , who flashed home at the end of the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning over 1000m last start to indicate that the six furlongs will be perfect for the 2022 winner.

winner  will be tackling a Group 1 handicap against the older horses for the first time in her eight-start career, and along with Buenos Noches these two three-year-old fillies can give this race a fair shake with 51.5kg and 50.5kg, respectively.

After winning the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes down the Flemington straight for the first time, Private Eye – who also ran second in The – will be carrying the top weight of 58kg.

Of the local hopes we have , who won the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes first-up before going on to finish runner-up in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, as well as Star Patrol, although he has to show that he can match it with the Group 1 sprinters after he finished sixth in the Oakleigh last start.

One of the runners that will be on notice for many punters will be the -trained Mazu, who will be first-up in the Newmarket coming off a strong spring campaign where he finished in the placings at his last three starts in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes, The Everest and Winners Stakes, after winning the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 in May last year.

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