Toorak Handicap

  • Date: Saturday October 11, 2014
  • Racecourse: Caulfield
  • Race Distance: 1,600m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Prize Money: $400,000

2014 Toorak Handicap News

Trust In A Gust out of Crystal Mile

Trust In A Gust out of Crystal Mile

Two time Group 1 winner and race favourite Trust In A Gust is out of today’s Group 2 $200,000 Schweppes Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley because of a hoof injury.

Trust In A Gust is a late scratching from the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley because of a hoof injury. Photo by Race Horse …

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.

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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).

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.

# Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher 98
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
7 ESCADO Matt Laurie 95
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
12 RYKER Gai Waterhouse 86
13 SOLICIT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 103
14 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott 107
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.

Year Results Winning Time
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