• Day 1 - incl. Cameron Hcp/Spring Stks (Wed Sept 19)
    All nominations close 11am Thursday September 13
  • Day 2 - incl. Newcastle Cup/Tibbie Stks (Thurs Sept 20)
    All nominations close 11am Thursday September 13
  • Day 1 (Wednesday September 19)
    All races by 9am Monday September 17
  • Day 2 (Thursday September 20)
    Note: Newcastle Gold Cup by 11am Monday Sept 17
    All other races by 9am Tuesday September 18

Barrier draw for Cup conducted at approximately 1pm Monday September 17

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Patinack Farm


The History of the CAMERON HCP

Patinack Farm Cameron Hcp
G3 (1500m) - $150,000

While the Newcastle Gold Cup is the signature race of the carnival, the major sprint for Newcastle Jockey Club is the Cameron Handicap.

Not as old as the Cup, it is named in honour of James George Cameron for his long dedication to the industry in the local area, both with the NJC and in terms of racing pursuits.

The Cameron has changed its distance over the years between 1300m and 1400m and even now up to the 1500m as a perfect lead-up to the G1 Epsom Handicap at Royal Randwick.

One of the early winners was a horse called Bragger, who got a very young TJ Smith into the limelight. TJ won it on several more occasions.

On the jockey front Kevin Langby had five wins in his time but recently inducted Hall Of Famer Jim Cassidy has four on his CV.

The 'colossal colt from the coalfields' Luskin Star was a winner of the Cameron as well during his blaze through the sky. Such a brief time we saw him race but boy was it worth every moment.

Another big time performer was Romantic Dream, who won two Camerons in 1976 and 1979 as well as running second in 1977 to the aforementioned Luskin Star.

As a 2yo he would also win the inaugural running of the TJ Smith (formerly QTC Classic) at Eagle Farm over the next two Cox Plate winners (Surround and Family Of Man). Not bad form!

After the Ray Brock trained Adam scored in 1998, it took another ten runnings of the race to see another local winner when Kris Lees did what his father did before in winning the race - this time with the mare Absolutelyfabulous.

Another mare to win was just last year when Peter Snowden's 4yo mare Raspberries surged home to score by a head. She has since confirmed the form with wins in more black type races including the recent Scone Cup.

Many a good horse has either won the big sprint or gone close and scored in a feature race thereafter.

They include the likes of Razor Sharp, Riverdale, Satin Sand, Groucho, Prince Trialia, Livistona Lane, Telesto, Juggler, Allez Suez, Mr Celebrity and Black Piranha.

Definitely a popular Cameron winner was Court's In Session. Bold front running types are always loved by the punting public and this bloke just never knew how to lie down.

Part owned by Peter Cruickshank and trained by Guy Walter, he was a flyer in the Sydney WFA ranks having won a G1 George Ryder, two Expressway Stks and a Warwick Stks amongst other wins plus placed in the famous Guy Walter Doncaster trifecta when many thought he should have won.

In his Cameron attempt, the big horse was asked to carry 60.5kg and yet he still had the audacity to lead, run along and hold on by a nose, with Danny Beasley aboard.

Sadly, he would stagger and stumble in the George Main Stakes at his next run not finishing the race but much to everyone's gratification, he was saved and still to this day lives a life of pampering on a property in the Hunter. (Read his story next)

We should see another chapter of this handicap challenge with many runners heading onto the Epsom at Randwick.