The Cameron Handicap is Group 3 1500m race held at Newcastle Racecourse. It has a prize pool of $160,000 and in 2020 will be held on Friday, September 18, the same day as the Newcastle Gold Cup and Tibbie Stakes.
Rock won the 2019 edition of the Cameron Handicap, beating Articus and Nettoyer who finished second and third. The Chris Waller-trained Kaonic made up the first four. Later in the spring, Rock raced in both the Epsom Handicap and the Kennedy Cantala but failed to place in either.
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The race was first run in 1977 and takes its name from Jame George Cameron, an iconic figure in Newcastle racing. Before 2005 it was classed as a Listed race, however, from 2005 onwards it has been a Group 3.
The first winner of the Cameron Handicap was Luskin Star, who is also one of few horses who have won the two-year-old triple crown. That means in the same year he won the Golden Slipper, the AJC Sires Produce Stakes and the Champagne Stakes.
In 2019, Rock clocked 1:29.46 to win the race, however, the fastest 1500m time in the race over the last 20 years belongs to Toydini. He recorded 1:29.10 to win the 2013 edition of the Cameron Handicap.
CAMERON HANDICAP WINNERS
2019 – Rock (1:29.46)
2018 – New Tipperary (1:29.88)
2017 – Got Unders (1:29.51)
2016 – Chetwood (1:18.35) (1350m)
2015 – Forget (1:29.64)
2014 – Hooked (1:32.27)
2013 – Toydini (1:29.10)
2012 – Rolling Pink (1:29.16)
2011 – Raspberries (1:29.61)
2010 – Kenny’s World (1:15.39) (1300m)