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The 2017 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 $500,000 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).

2017 Toorak Handicaps Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2017 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 2017 Toorak Handicap field is published here.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 9x4x22x536 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Damian Lane 16 57.5kg 109
2 x37x525272 KASPERSKY (IRE) Jane Chapple-Hyam Luke Nolen 3 56kg 106
3 282x060x00 SEABURGE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 12 55kg 104
4 x6905x2222 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Glen Boss 15 55kg 104
5 590x160x60 HE OR SHE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 18 54.5kg 103
6 71183×4771 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Ben Melham 14 54.5kg 107
7 18x3010x36 TURNITAROUND Matthew Williams Ben Thompson (a) 2 54.5kg 103
8 1x5338x116 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Michael Walker 4 53.5kg 101
9 31x11111x2 EGG TART Chris Waller Damien Oliver 9 53.5kg 105
10 413311×122 MR SNEAKY Anthony Freedman Dean Yendall 8 52.5kg 99
11 x12x27x563 OMEI SWORD Chris Waller Stephen Baster 5 52kg 102
12 14173×5463 SNITZSON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 10 52kg 98
13 4030×22833 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Craig Newitt 19 52kg 97
14 3276×15314 SOVEREIGN NATION David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Beau Mertens (a) 17 52kg 97
15 41212×2215 THEANSWERMYFRIEND Robert Smerdon Michael Dee 6 52kg 96
16 x683219838 PETROLOGY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chris Parnham 13 52kg 93
17 8940534433 JACQUINOT BAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Allen (a) 11 52kg 92
18 53510×6822 WYNDSPELLE (NZ) Michael Kent TBA 7 52kg 92
19e 4x3131456x MASK OF TIME (IRE) Hugo Palmer TBA 1 52kg 91

2017 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 2017 Toorak Handicap nominations are seen below.

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 He’s Our Rokkii 2 Great Esteem 3 Tivaci 1:36.1
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

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