Bill Ritchie Handicap 2021

Saturday September 18, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Bill Ritchie Handicap serves as a key lead-up into the Group 1 Epsom Handicap

The Bill Ritchie Handicap is a Group 3 race for horses aged three and above held at Royal Randwick Racecourse in September on George Main Stakes Day during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

The day’s racing is headlined by the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m), which is supported by two Group 2 events: The Shorts (1100m) for the spring sprint stars and the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) for Group 1 Flight Stakes-bound fillies. Also on the card is the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) offering a ballot exemption to the winner into the Group 1 The Metropolitan.

There is also plenty of interest in the Bill Ritchie Handicap, a quality handicap race run over 1400m and offering $160,000 in prize money. The Billi Ritchie Handicap winner also earns a ballot exemption for that season’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) run at Royal Randwick a fortnight later.

Kolding (2019) – subsequent winner of the inaugural $7.5 million Golden Eagle – followed the next year by smart New Zealand-trained mare Probabeel (2020) are the latest horses toc complete the Bill Ritchie Handicap – Epsom Handicap double.

The next edition of the Bill Ritchie Handicap runs on Saturday September 18, 2021. 

2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

The official Bill Ritchie Handicap 2021 race results and full finishing order will be available below once the Group 3 Randwick race is run on Saturday September 18, 2021.

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

Bill Ritchie Handicap Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: 3YOs & upwards – Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $160,000
  • First Run: 1867
 

Bill Ritchie Handicap Betting & Odds

Bill Ritchie Handicap odds are led by the in-form middle-distance performers of the spring coming off good lead-up runs in Sydney races against similar company.

A good lead-up into the event that impacts Bill Ritchie Handicap betting is August’s Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) and Probabeel (2nd in 2020) was the last Bill Ritchie Handicap winner to come out of that event.

Probabeel ($2.45 in 2020) was the last favourite in Bill Ritchie Handicap betting to win.

2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap Odds

The season’s best Bill Ritchie Handicap 2021 betting odds and links to our markets will be made available to punters right here the week of the race so stay tuned for the top Group 3 Randwick racing markets.

Bill Ritchie Handicap 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

Bill Ritchie Handicap Field

The Bill Ritchie Handicap field attracts the season’s best middle-distance gallopers heading towards a run in the Epsom Handicap over a mile back at the track a fortnight later. The runners that line-up in the Bill Ritchie Handicap field each spring can come off a number of earlier races including the previous month’s Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m).

The Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) held at the same track and distance two weeks prior also serves as a solid Bill Ritchie Handicap lead-up race with Kolding (5th in 2019) the last to improve and win the Bill Ritchie. The 2017 Bill Ritchie Handicap winner Comin’ Through won the following year’s Tramway in 2018.

Bill Ritchie Handicap Winner Probabeel (2020) | Photo: Steve Hart | Ladbrokes.com.au
Probabeel (2020) completed the Bill Ritchie Handicap – Epsom Handicap double. Photo: Steve Hart.

2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap Field

The official Bill Ritchie Handicap 2021 final field and barrier draw will be available below once announced on the Wednesday of George Main Stakes Day.

The 2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap final field features a line-up of nice types led in betting by the Mark Newnham-trained grey Harmony Rose.

  • Scratched: #1 Archedemus (13); #6 Duais (12); #7 Man Of Peace (6); #10 Outback Diva (5)

2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap Nominations

The early Bill Ritchie Handicap 2021 nominations are announced on the Monday of race week and will be published below once released. 

Bill Ritchie Handicap Form Guide

The Bill Ritchie Handicap form guide features all the crucial information for punters like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs.

Bill Ritchie Handicap form has held up more often than not in the Epsom Handicap the following month as well as Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Group 1s later in the season.

Along with Kolding completing that year’s Bill Ritchie – Epsom double, the Bill Ritchie Handicap form in 2019 was further franked with the runner-up Fierce Impact heading to Melbourne to win both the Group 1 Toora Handicap and Group 1 Cantala Stakes that spring.

2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Bill Ritchie Handicap 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Bill Ritchie Handicap Tips

Good Bill Ritchie Handicap tips include looking for runners coming off a top three run in Sydney last time out, proven Randwick performers and those suited to at least 1400m.

Any Chris Waller-trained runners also make a good bet in Bill Ritchie Handicap tipping with the star Sydney horseman preparing four winners from 2012-20.

2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Bill Ritchie Handicap 2021 betting tips and exotic selections will be detailed below leading up to the race so stay tuned for the horses to get behind in the George Main Stakes Day support act this September.

  • To Win: #12 Harmony Rose ($3.70 at time of publish) – BET NOW

A number of scratchings from the race and it’s become a hugely open affair. Sticking with one-time favourite Harmony Rose to salute first-up in a small field. Gets the run of the race from the barrier (2) and is well-weighted with 53kg. Makes her four-year-old debut here and is two-from-two first-up. Very good in the autumn with placings in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (3rd) and Vinery Stud Stakes (2nd). Ticks plenty of boxes.

Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

Notable horses to dominate the Bill Ritchie Handicap results in recent years include dual champion Zabarra (2002, 2003), Steps In Time (2012), Boban (2013), Manawanui (2014), Kolding (2019) and Probabeel (2020).

Bill Ritchie Handicap Winners

YearPlaceHorseTime
2021
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stTBDTBD
2ndTBD
3rdTBD
2020
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stProbabeel1 minute 22.64 seconds
2ndCuba
3rdBrandenburg
2019
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stKolding1 minute 22.99 seconds
2ndFierce Impact
3rdDesert Lord
2018
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stSiege Of Quebec1 minute 21.56 seconds
2ndPierata
3rdMusic Magnate
2017
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stComin’ Through1 minute 21.67 seconds
2ndTom Melbourne
3rdBurning Passion
2016
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stSons Of John1 minute 22.7 seconds
2ndTorgersen
3rdFederal
2015
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stSadler’s Lake1 minute 24.79 seconds
2ndRudy
3rdHeart Testa
2014
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stManawanui1 minute 21.8 seconds
2ndRock Sturdy
3rdTougher Than Ever
2013
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stBoban1 minute 21.8 seconds
2ndBeltone
3rdChoice Bro
2012
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stSteps In Time1 minute 23.2 seconds
2ndSaid Com
3rdWild And Proud
2011
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stThankgodyou’rehere1 minute 22.2 seconds
2ndStartsmeup
3rdMiss Keepsake
2010
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stDrumbeats1 minute 22.8 seconds
2ndKenny’s World
3rdCaptain Sonador
2009
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stMcClintock1 minute 23.5 seconds
2ndWalking Or Dancing
3rdFaulconbridge
2008
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stJudged1 minute 23.1 seconds
2ndRockwood
3rdKiloton
2007
Bill Ritchie Handicap
Race Not Held 
2006
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stCoalesce1 minute 21.6 seconds
2ndNew Edge
3rdFlaming
2005
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stFlaming1 minute 21.3 seconds
2ndDevil
3rdMessiaen
2004
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stOsca Warrior1 minute 21.7 seconds
2ndUtzon
3rdIn A Bound
2003
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stZabarra1 minute 22.6 seconds
2ndBritt’s Best
3rdForum Floozie
2002
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stZabarra1 minute 23.8 seconds
2ndThis Manshood
3rdSwiss Echo
2001
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stFouardee1 minute 21.7 seconds
2ndDefier
3rdAdamantly
2000
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1stLandsighting1 minute 21.7 seconds
2ndTie The Knot
3rdValuate