- Date: Saturday October 11, 2014
- Racecourse: Caulfield
- Race Distance: 1,600m
- Conditions: Open Handicap
- Prize Money: $400,000
2014 Toorak Handicap News
Dual Spring Carnival Group 1 winner Trust In A Gust will be aimed towards the Group 1 $2m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm during the Brisbane Winter Carnival in 2015.
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The 2014 Toorak Handicap is a Group 1 race that is held each year at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. Part of the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the Toorak Handicap is an open handicap race that takes place in October. Run over a distance of 1,600 metres, the Toorak Handicap is worth $400,000 in prize money. The race is held on Guineas Day along with the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, Group 1 Thousand Guineas and the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes. Guineas Day is the first of a three-day long carnival at Caulfield Racecourse.
The Toorak Handicap was first held in 1881 when it was won by a horse named Josephine. In 1891 the race was run over a distance of 9 furlongs, or 1,800 metres, for one year only. The Toorak Handicap kept its original name until 1981 when it was changed to The IXL. From 1985 until 1989 the race was known as The Elders Mile until its name reverted back to Toorak Handicap in 1990. The Toorak Handicap has experienced two dead heats during its running. The first took place in 1935 when both Epigram and Journal won the race, while the second happened just three years later in 1938 when El Golea and Ena passed the post together.
Horses that compete in the Toorak Handicap often come via the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes that takes place three weeks beforehand. Regal Roller (2004) and Barely A Moment (2005) have both taken out the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Toorak Handicap double. Horses that perform well in the Toorak Handicap may go on to compete in Group 1 Emirates Stakes or the Group 1 Myer Classic later in the spring carnival.
Notable winners of the Toorak Handicap include The Trump (1937), Royal Gem (1946), Galilee (1966), Tobin Breeze (1967), Gunsynd (1971), Leilani (1974), Show A Heart (2001) and More Joyous (2010).
2014 Toorak Handicap Field
The Toorak Handicap field usually attracts some fairly decent handicappers. Those horses which seek entry into the Toorak Handicap field are already well-known milers with a few black-type victories already under their belt.
The 2014 Toorak Handicap field was published here on Wednesday, October 8th.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x397x4x11x||GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE)||Marco Botti||Damien Oliver||5||58kg||108|
|2||3x62720x40||SPEEDINESS||Colin Scott||Hugh Bowman||3||57.5kg||107|
|3||231x61x313||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon & Troy Corstens||Corey Brown||10||56.5kg||109|
|4||11262×1211||TRUST IN A GUST||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||11||56.5kg||105|
|5||11x2608x18||ATLANTE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Kerrin McEvoy||8||54.5kg||101|
|6||3x1407x323||BULL POINT||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||2||54.5kg||101|
|7||x5801112x1||ARABIAN GOLD||David Vandyke||Craig Williams||13||54kg||104|
|8||3x11429x72||SOLICIT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Craig Newitt||14||53.5kg||103|
|9||x241128x03||RECITE (NZ)||John Bary||Stephen Baster||15||53kg||101|
|10||1x11211x67||AKAVOROUN||Ciaron Maher||Ms Michelle Payne||12||53kg||98|
|11||59x395x116||LATE CHARGE||Wendy Kelly||Glen Boss||7||53kg||98|
|12||7x68011x59||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Dwayne Dunn||9||53kg||98|
|13||x840927x46||ESCADO||Matt Laurie||Tommy Berry||4||53kg||95|
|14||553458×563||DESERT JEUNEY||Nigel Blackiston||James Winks||1||53kg||92|
|15||1861317122||TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ)||Robbie Laing||Darren Gauci||6||53kg||82|
2014 Toorak Handicap Nominations
The Toorak Handicap nominations tend to draw a fair number of renowned runners each year. Analysing the Toorak Handicap nominations, it becomes quickly apparent that some of Australia’s top horses target this event.
The 2014 Toorak Handicap nominations were published here on Tuesday, October 7th.
|2||ARABIAN GOLD||David Vandyke||104|
|3||ATLANTE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||101|
|4||BULL POINT||Chris Waller||101|
|5||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon & Troy Corstens||109|
|6||DESERT JEUNEY||Nigel Blackiston||92|
|8||GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE)||Marco Botti||108|
|9||LATE CHARGE||Wendy Kelly||98|
|10||RECITE (NZ)||John Bary||101|
|11||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||98|
|13||SOLICIT||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||103|
|15||SPIRIT OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||83|
|16||TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ)||Robbie Laing||82|
|17||TRUST IN A GUST||Darren Weir||105|
Past Winners & Results
Below you will find a list of Toorak Handicap results and winning times since the year 2000.
|2015||1 TBD||2 TBD||3 TBD||TBD|
|2014||1 Trust In A Gust||2 Speediness||3 Desert Jeuney||1:35.2|
|2013||1 Solzhenitsyn||2 Trevieres||3 Blackie||1:36.4|
|2012||1 Solzhenitsyn||2 Spirit Song||3 Yosei||1:35.3|
|2011||1 King Mufhasa||2 King’s Rose||3 Luen Yat Forever||1:36.3|
|2010||1 More Joyous||2 We’re Gonna Rock||3 Poor Judge||1:36.4|
|2009||1 Allez Wonder||2 Gold Salute||3 Rock Kingdom||1:35.0|
|2008||1 Alamosa||2 Rockwood||3 Pillar of Hercules||1:36.9|
|2007||1 Divine Madonna||2 Niconero||3 Wonderful World||1.37.3|
|2006||1 Red Dazzler||2 Rewaaya||3 Niconero||1.37.5|
|2005||1 Barely A Moment||2 Super Kid||3 Calveen||1.37.9|
|2004||1 Regal Roller||2 Osca Warrior||3 Infinite Grace||1.37.4|
|2003||1 Roman Arch||2 Fields Of Omagh||3 Umrum||1.36.0|
|2002||1 Shot Of Thunder||2 Umrum||3 Pernod||1.36.1|
|2001||1 Show A Heart||2 La Zagaletta||3 Shot Of Thunder||1.35.8|
|2000||1 Umrum||2 Go Flash Go||3 Crawl||1.36.4|