Toorak Handicap

  • Date: Saturday October 10, 2015
  • Racecourse: Caulfield
  • Race Distance: 1,600m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Prize Money: $400,000

2016 Toorak Handicap News

Saluter draws handy at barrier 4 in Eye Liner Stakes

Saluter draws handy at barrier 4 in Eye Liner Stakes

On pace runner Saluter has drawn handily at barrier four in the Listed $175,000 City Of Ipswich Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich on Saturday.

Saluter has drawn barrier four in the Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Robert Heathcote trained sprinter was back in the winner’s circle last start with …

The 2015 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.

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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).

2015 Toorak Handicaps Results

  • 1st: Lucky Hussler
  • 2nd: Disposition
  • 3rd: Stratum Star

2015 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 2015 Toorak Handicap field is published here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 212x167x46 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Glen Boss 4 58kg 109
2 2x2332x731 STRATUM STAR Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 57kg 107
3 x630210x09 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Winks 12 56kg 105
4 32x5611x44 STRAWBERRY BOY Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 16 56kg 105
5 x127202x36 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Blake Shinn 5 55.5kg 104
6 7318040×00 PUCCINI (NZ) Peter & Jacob McKay Ben Melham 3 55.5kg 104
7 1122x24x12 DISPOSITION Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 7 55kg 103
8 x331231441 KENJORWOOD Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 9 55kg 103
9 x94460x110 AMICUS Chris Waller 17 54.5kg 106
10 411x82x094 FLAMINGO STAR (GER) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 14 54.5kg 102
11 4x2111x507 HI WORLD Peter G Moody Kerrin McEvoy 13 54.5kg 102
12 14x12358x0 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote Glen Colless 1 54kg 101
13 1324x113x0 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Robert Smerdon Michael Walker 6 54kg 105
14 112789×272 JACQUINOT BAY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Chris Parnham 18 53.5kg 100
15 4004361×18 ABIDEWITHME (NZ) Peter G Moody Patrick Moloney (a) 11 52kg 99
16 745x458x29 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher Luke Currie 15 52kg 97
17 1x59504x97 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) Michael Moroney Daniel Moor 10 52kg 96
18 10x045x933 MOONOVERMANHATTAN Mick Price Michael Dee (a) 8 52kg 92

2015 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 2015 Toorak Handicap nominations are seen below.

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 212x167x46 LUCKY HUSSLER G 6 Darren Weir 1 58kg 109
2 2x2332x731 STRATUM STAR H 4 Darren Weir 2 57kg 107
3 x94460x110 AMICUS M 4 Chris Waller 3 54.5kg 106
4 x630210x09 LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 4 56kg 105
5 1324x113x0 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) M 6 Robert Smerdon 5 54kg 105
6 32x5611x44 STRAWBERRY BOY G 7 Chris Waller 6 56kg 105
7 7318040×00 PUCCINI (NZ) H 5 Peter & Jacob McKay 7 55.5kg 104
8 x127202x36 NINTH LEGION G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 55.5kg 104
9 1122x24x12 DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 9 55kg 103
10 x331231441 KENJORWOOD G 6 Peter G Moody 10 55kg 103
11 4x2111x507 HI WORLD H 4 Peter G Moody 11 54.5kg 102
12 411x82x094 FLAMINGO STAR (GER) H 6 Chris Waller 12 54.5kg 102
13 14x12358x0 HOPFGARTEN G 5 Robert Heathcote 13 54kg 101
14 112789×272 JACQUINOT BAY G 8 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 14 53.5kg 100
15 4004361×18 ABIDEWITHME (NZ) M 6 Peter G Moody 15 52kg 99
16 745x458x29 AKAVOROUN G 6 Ciaron Maher 16 52kg 97
17 20x565x890 BULL POINT H 5 Tony McEvoy 17 52kg 96
18 1x59504x97 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney 18 52kg 96
19 10x045x933 MOONOVERMANHATTAN H 4 Mick Price 19 52kg 92
20 666×341425 FOREIGN PRINCE (NZ) G 5 David Payne 20 52kg 87

Past Winners & Results

Below you will find a list of Toorak Handicap results and winning times since the year 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2015 1 Lucky Hussler 2 Disposition 3 Stratum Star 1:34.5
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