Bill Ritchie Handicap 2023

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 The Shorts Day during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

2022 Bill Ritchie Handicap winner Top Ranked

2022 Bill Ritchie Handicap winner Top Ranked. Photo: Steve Hart.

The day’s racing is headlined by the Group 2 $1 million The Shorts (1100m) for the spring sprint stars heading towards the $20 million The Everest.

Added to the card for the first time in 2023 is the unlisted $1 million 7 Stakes (1600m) which replaces the George Main Stakes as the mile feature on the card and offers the winner an Epsom Handicap ballot exemption.

Other events on the program including the Flight Stakes-bound fillies facing off in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) and 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 $250,000 in prize money as of 2023. 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 Golden Eagle – followed the next year by smart New Zealand-trained mare Probabeel (2020) and most recently Top Ranked (2022) are the latest horses to complete the Bill Ritchie Handicap – Epsom Handicap double.

The latest edition of the Bill Ritchie Handicap ran on Saturday September 16, 2023 with the Chris Waller-trained winner Rediener ($8.50) securing an Epsom Handicap ballot exemption.

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

The official Bill Ritchie Handicap 2023 race results and full finishing order will be available below once the Group 3 Randwick race is run on Saturday September 16, 2023.

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap winner Rediener

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap winner Rediener will target a lucrative Sydney feature next race. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #16 Rediener
  • 2nd: #14 Cuban Royale
  • 3rd: #13 Wild Planet

Despite being squeezed for room at the top of the home straight Chris Waller’s Group 3 Gunsynd Classic winner in Brisbane over the winter, Rediener ($8.50), was good late shoving his way off the fence to hit the front 150m and enjoy a first-up win in the 2023 Bill Richie Handicap results ahead of a possible Group 1 Epsom Handicap run in a fortnight.

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Odds

The season’s best Bill Ritchie Handicap 2023 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.

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Bill Ritchie Handicap Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 16, 2023
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: 3YOs & upwards – Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1867

Bill Ritchie Handicap Betting

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) followed by Atishu ($3.50 in 2021) were the latest favourites in Bill Ritchie Handicap betting to win.

Bill Ritchie Handicap Field

The Bill Ritchie Handicap race 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 |
Probabeel (2020) completed the Bill Ritchie Handicap – Epsom Handicap double. Photo: Steve Hart.

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Field

The official Bill Ritchie Handicap 2023 final field and barrier draw will be available below once announced on the Wednesday of The Shorts Day.

The Bill Ritchie Handicap 2023 field features a smart line-up of potential Group 1-bound spring hopefuls led in betting by the Chris Waller-trained Group 3 winning Zoustar mare Olentia fit third-up here and coming off a good Group 2 Tramway Stakes fifth only 1.6 lengths beaten by the winner Pericles.

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Nominations

The early Bill Ritchie Handicap 2023 nominations are announced on the Monday of race week and will be published below once released. 

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 8x41292x11 PERICLES G 4 James Cummings 1 60kg 60kg   109
2 900x73027x CONVERGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2= 59kg 59kg   107
3 01x61043x2 SKYMAN (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 2= 59kg 59kg   107
4 107x20480x NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 4 58kg 58kg   105
5 627x05314x KUKERACHA (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 5 56.5kg 56.5kg   102
6 1261966161 IRISH SONGS G 8 Louise White 6= 55kg 55kg   99
7 50×3102341 BARBIE’S FOX M 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 6= 54kg 53kg   99
8 x90101x97x MY WHISPER M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 8= 54kg 53kg   98
9 7307x1x87x TIMES SQUARE (FR) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8= 54kg 53kg   98
10 911x21140x TAMERLANE G 6 James Cummings 10 54kg 54kg   97
11 114x11x15 OLENTIA M 4 Chris Waller 11 54kg 53kg   96
12 213x1761x0 DEMOCRACY MANIFEST G 5 Chris Waller 12 54kg 53kg   94
13 13x12123x4 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13= 54kg 53kg   93
14 97447x593x WILD PLANET G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 13= 54kg 53kg   93
15 1413377×56 CUBAN ROYALE G 9 Robert & Luke Price 15 54kg 53kg   92
16 x5428x009x ARAMAYO G 8 Sam Kavanagh 16= 54kg 53kg   91
17 2732x3010x THE FORTUNE TELLER G 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16= 54kg 53kg   91
18 x711286x71 VRENELI G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 16= 54kg 53kg   91
19 3111878×67 INVER PARK (GB) G 6 Kris Lees 19= 54kg 53kg   90
20 88x641211x REDIENER G 4 Chris Waller 19= 54kg 53kg   90
21 2312x80x52 POLITICAL DEBATE H 4 Chris Waller 21 54kg 53kg   88
22 13285210×5 SPANGLER (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 22 54kg 53kg   87
23 x7960160x3 MYSTERY SHOT G 7 Matthew Dale 23 54kg 53kg   85
24 94x61250x9 LOCH EAGLE G 5 Kris Lees 24 54kg 53kg   84
25 626x42237x ATMOSPHERE G 4 James Cummings 25 54kg 53kg   79
26 21557×1811 STRAIT ACER G 4 Edward Cummings 26 54kg 53kg   78
27 x234532136 ANAGAIN M 5 Joseph Pride 27 54kg 53kg   72

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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 Toorak Handicap and Group 1 Cantala Stakes that spring.

The 2021 Bill Ritchie form was franked with the third placed Aramayo finishing second next-up in the Epsom Handicap quinella.

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Bill Ritchie Handicap 2023 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 five winners from 2012-21.

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Bill Ritchie Handicap 2023 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 Shorts Day support act this September.

  • To Win: #10 Barbie’s Fox ($9.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Open affair going for value with consistent mare Barbie’s Fox. She was at double figures to make it back-to-back wins first-up here for the spring, but money is coming on race day. Last time out won Rosehill’s Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) back in July. Not her preferred distance, but she has previously won fresh and gets in well weight-wise with the 53kg. A past Group 2 place-getter with class at her best, this looks tough but think she can answer the doubters.

Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

Notable horses to dominate the Bill Ritchie Handicap race results in recent years include dual champion Zabarra (2002-03), Steps In Time (2012), Boban (2013), Manawanui (2014), Kolding (2019, and Probabeel (2020).

Atishu (2021) was the last Bill Ritchie Handicap winning mare.

Flaming holds the current Bill Ritchie Handicap record winning in 2005 in a time of 1 minute 21:27 seconds.

Past Bill Ritchie Handicap Winners

Recent Bill Ritchie Handicap winners and place-getters dating back to the year 1978 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Rediener Cuban Royale Wild Planet
2022 Top Ranked Purple Sector Cross Talk
2021 Atishu Looks Like Elvis Aramayo
2020 Probabeel Cuba Brandenburg
2019 Kolding Fierce Impact Desert Lord
2018 Siege Of Quebec Pierata Music Magnate
2017 Comin’ Through Tom Melbourne Burning Passion
2016 Sons Of John Torgersen Federal
2015 Sadler’s Lake Rudy Heart Testa
2014 Manawanui Rock Sturdy Tougher Than Ever
2013 Boban Belltone Choice Bro
2012 Steps In Time Said Com Wild And Proud
2011 Thankgodyou’rehere Startsmeup Miss Keepsake
2010 Drumbeats Kenny’s World Captain Sonador
2009 McClintock Walking or Dancing Faulconbridge
2008 Judged Rockwood Kiloton
Race Not Held
2006 Coalesce New Edge Flaming
2005 Flaming Devil Messiaen
2004 Osca Warrior Utzon In a Bound
2003 Zabarra Britt’s Best Forum Floozie
2002 Zabarra This Manshood Swiss Echo
2001 Fouardee Defier Adamantly
2000 Landsighting Tie The Knot Valuate
1999 Brave Prince Al Mansour Stanzaic
1998 Bezeal Bay Deep Snip Super Crest
1997 Holy Roller Pimpala Son Prairie
1996 Mamzelle Pedrille Persian Flyer Headstrong
1995 Monopolize Juggler Flight To Fantasy
1994 Rouslan Over The Top Big Dreams
1993 Belas Knap Cohort Telesto
Mighty Tango
1992 Prince Of Praise East Ocean Friend Stormy Guest
1991 Rechabite Somalia Be Able
1990 Our Poverty Bay Remember Peter Mocha
1989 Royal Reel Our Palliser Black Routine
1988 Pleasant Flight Gold Trump Regal Native
1987 Royal Reel True Reason Piccata
1986 Full Page

The Cowboy

(Dead Heat for 2nd)

1985 Dinky Flyer Eureka Stockade Magnitude
1984 Muffler Tandrio Wage Freeze
1983 Leica Planet Lord Ballina Elroy
1982 Note Of Victory Christian Prince Maybe Michelle
1981 Gooree Pride High Classic Irish Flyer
1980 Tulip Town The Funofit Snow Vain
1979 Drummer Glenfield Lad Daddy Cool
1978 Go Mod Le Dejeuner Tattenham Lad