Toorak Handicap 2021

Saturday October 9, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: Graduates out of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes have a dominant record in the Toorak Handicap

The Toorak Handicap is one of the key mile features of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and runs over 1600m at Caulfield Racecourse on Caulfield Guineas Day in mid-October each year. On a meeting that is headlined by four Group 1 races, the Toorak Handicap is worth $1,000,000 in prize money as of 2021 and was first run in 1881 when Josephine won the inaugural edition.

Open to horses aged three-years-old and above it has held Group 1 status since 1979 and is traditionally contested by horses that come via a lead-up run at the track in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m). Trust In A Gust (2014) was the last horse to do the Sir Rupert Clarke – Toorak Handicap double.

The other elite level races that run alongside the Toorak Handicap at the meeting are the Group 1  Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) for possible Cox Plate horses.

Notable Toorak Handicap winners over the years include Royal Gem (1946), Galilee (1966), Leilani (1974), Roman Arch (2003), More Joyous (2010) and recent dual champ Solzhenitsyn (2012 & 2013).

This season the 2021 Toorak Handicap ran on Saturday October 9, 2021 and was won by the four-year-old favourite I’m Thunderstruck. 

2021 Toorak Handicap Results

The full Toorak Handicap 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be detailed below when the race takes place on 2021 Caulfield Guineas Day, Saturday October 9, 2021.

  • 1st: #11 I’m Thunderstruck 
  • 2nd: #1 Tofane
  • 3rd: #2 Superstorm

The $7.5 million Golden Eagle in Sydney on October 30 is next-up for impressive Toorak Handicap 2021 winner I’m Thunderstruck ($3.20F) who saluted for the punters defeating the top-weighted mare Tofane (2nd) and last year’s third placed Superstorm (3rd) rounding out the trifecta again. 

Toorak Handicap Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 9, 2021
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 1881
 

Toorak Handicap Betting & Odds

Toorak Handicap betting markets are traditionally led by horses that ran in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at the same track, which has produced six winners from 2012-18 including Trust In A Gust (2014) who completed the double.

Previous experience over the mile also bodes well for horses at the top of the Toorak Handicap odds.

Favourites in the Toorak Handicap betting odds have a solid record in the race over the past decade with six saluting for the punters from 2010-21 including He’s Our Rokkii ($2.60 in 2016), Land Of Plenty ($4.20 in 2018) and I’m Thunderstruck ($3.10 in 2021). 

Upsets though are also not uncommon with the longest priced Toorak Handicap winner in recent history being Allez Wonder ($41 in 2009). A roughie hope also saluted in 2019 with Fierce Impact ($18) defeating the equal favourite Night’s Watch ($7), while there was another outsider at the top of the results in 2020 with Mr Quickie ($21).

2021 Toorak Handicap Odds

The updated Toorak Handicap 2021 betting odds complete with links to our Group 1

Caulfield Guineas Day markets will be available below as soon as open so stay tuned for the best mile racing odds online.

Toorak Handicap 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Toorak 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.

 
Toorak Handicap Tips

Toorak Handicap tips that are the most likely to pay off are to take the best performers coming out of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. In 2012 and 2013 Solzhenitsyn ran third in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes before his back-to-back Toorak victories, while Trust In A Gust won both races in 2014.

Other Toorak Handicap tips are to take a runner drawn in barrier 11, which produced two of the four winners from 2011-2014, and look for the four-year-olds who have a dominant recent record in the Toorak Handicap results since 2005.

Looking over the history of the race, it is clear the wider-drawn horses and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes placegetters are the best to back in Toorak Handicap tipping.

2021 Toorak Handicap Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Toorak Handicap 2021 betting tips will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the milers to get behind at the best value Caulfield odds this spring.

  • To Win: #11 I’m Thunderstruck ($2.80 at time of publish) 

Hard to bet against the well-supported favourite who was so good running that good third to Sierra Sue in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) last time out. That race has been the key form race to follow into the Toorak where this four-year-old son of Shocking gets the gun run from a great barrier (4) carrying just 52kg. Four-year-olds and favourites have a top stride-rate in the Toorak, he has winning form over 1500m so should run out the mile and is well-weighted after doing it tough from a wider barrier last time out against a similar field.

Toorak Handicap Field

The Toorak Handicap field has a capacity of 18 starters, that maximum last lining up in 2008 when Alamosa won the classic before the race drew capacity starters again in both 2017 – when Japanese import Tosen Stardom saluted – and 2018 when the favourite Land Of Plenty got the job done for the punters. The Toorak Handicap field also ran at capacity in 2019 when the Japanese-bred gallopers won for the second time in two years via the Matthew Smith-trained Fierce Impact.

It is a race known for its big fields with no single figure fields lining-up in over 30 years. Final Toorak Handicap acceptances are taken on the Wednesday before the race and feature the best milers of the season. The nominations for the race close the Monday two days out from the field and barrier draw release every October.

Toorak Handicap odds online - Ladbrokes.com.au

Trust In A Gust (2014) completed the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes – Toorak Handicap double. Photo Credit: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Horses traditionally come into the Toorak Handicap field via a lead-up run in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and may continue onto the Melbourne Cup Carnival to contest later Group 1 features including the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) run at Flemington on the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup.

2021 Toorak Handicap Field

The official Toorak Handicap 2021 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday leading-up to Caulfield Guineas Day and will be listed in full below so stay tuned to see what gun spring milers make the field.

The 2021 Toorak Handicap field features a quality line-up of spring stars including the trifecta out of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes last time out: Sierra Sue (1st), Dice Roll (2nd) and I’m Thunderstruck (3rd) with the latter hot favourite to win with the light weight this weekend in the rematch.

  • Scratched: #7 Harbour Views (14); #9 Aysar (7)

2021 Toorak Handicap Nominations

The early Toorak Handicap 2021 Nominations are taken the Monday of race week and will be available below once announced.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 97x7211x34 TOFANE (NZ) M 6 Michael Moroney 1 58kg   115
2 7×06041171 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 2 56kg   111
3 x90736x413 SUPERSTORM G 5 Danny O’Brien 3 56.5kg   108
4 1x111x121 ELEPHANT (NZ) G 5 Emma-Lee & David Browne 4 55.5kg   106
5 3312133×03 QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 5 52.5kg   104
6 57x0140x95 LUNAR FOX H 4 Paul Preusker 6 54kg   103
7 53x4x11x0x NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) G 6 Peter G Moody 7 54kg   103
8 x0x11143x2 DICE ROLL (FR) G 7 Nick Ryan 8 53.5kg   102
9 14x3640x13 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 7 Matthew Williams 9 53kg   101
10 2x229x0446 AYSAR H 4 Ben & JD Hayes 10 52kg   99
11 11x5823x30 IRISH FLAME (NZ) G 7 Brett Scott 11 52kg   99
12 81×9312111 SO YOU ASSUME M 4 Shane Nichols 12 52kg   96
13 15×13113 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 13 52kg   96
14 x11125x112 SECOND SLIP (NZ) G 5 Will Clarken 14 52kg   91
15 51180×6481 WINNING PARTNER G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 15 52kg   91
16 541×401232 JUST FOLK G 5 Josh Julius 16 52kg   82
17 615x0485x3 EMBOLISM G 4 Danny O’Brien 17 52kg   80

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Toorak Handicap Form Guide

The Toorak Handicap form guide features all the crucial information like saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers and the allocated weights of all the horses in the field. Looking for horses that ran first three in their lead-up run is important as the Toorak Handicap form shows that gallopers that finished in the money last time out have the best record in the Group 1. Wide gates have produced as many winners as inside gates over the past decade.

Toorak Handicap Form Facts

  • The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes has produced more Toorak Handicap winners than any other lead-up since 2011
  • Favourites in Toorak Handicap betting saluted five times from 2013-21
  • Four-year-olds have the best record overall in the Toorak Handicap results going back over the past 30 years
  • More Joyous (2010) was the last mare to win the Toorak Handicap

2021 Toorak Handicap Form Guide

A link to our detailed Toorak Handicap 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters the week of the race.

Toorak Handicap Results

The Toorak Handicap results and finishing order of all starters is known when the event runs on Caulfield Guineas Day. You can find out the winner, quinella, trifecta, first four as well as the winning margin for any exotic bets placed on the spring major.

Toorak Handicap Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2021 I’m Thunderstruck Tofane Superstorm 1:34.87
2020 Mr Quickie Jamie Kah Phillip Stokes 1:35.81
2019 Fierce Impact Craig Williams Matthew Smith 1:35.19
2018 Land Of Plenty Damian Lane Darren Weir 1:34.52
2017 Tosen Stardom Damian Lane Darren Weir 1:35.8
2016 He’s Our Rokkii Dwayne Dunn David and B Hayes and T Dabernig 1:36.1
2015 Lucky Hussler Glen Boss Darren Weir 1:34.5
2014 Trust In A Gust Brad Rawiller Darren Weir 1:35.2
2013 Solzhenitsyn Nash Rawiller Robert Heathcote 1:36.4
2012 Solzhenitsyn Corey Brown Robert Heathcote 1:35.2
2011 King Mufhasa Michael Rodd Stephen McKee 1:36.2
2010 More Joyous Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse 1:36.4
2009 Allez Wonder Michelle Payne Bart Cummings 1:35.0
2008 Alamosa Craig Newitt Mick Price 1:36.9
2007 Divine Madonna M Rodd Mark Kavanagh 1.37.3
2006 Red Dazzler J A Cassidy Mick Price 1.37.5
2005 Barely A Moment Craig Williams Tony McEvoy 1.37.9
2004 Regal Roller M Flaherty Clinton McDonald 1.37.4
2003 Roman Arch L Currie Robbie Laing 1.36.0
2002 Shot of Thunder G Boss John O’Shea 1.36.1
2001 Show of Heart G Boss B N Miller 1.35.8
2000 Umrum J A Cassidy L M Macdonald 1.36.4
1999 Umrum E A Wilkinson L M Macdonald
1998 Marble Halls J A Cassidy D L Freedman
1997 Penghulu G J Childs H E Parnham
1996 Poetic King S D Marshall D L Freedman
1995 Sober Suit B Prebble J W Edwards
1994 Oppressor D Taggart G Mance
1993 Golden Sword S R King J Denham
1992 Ready To Explode S R King John Meagher
1991 Comrade J A Cassidy DR G Chapman
1990 Ricochet Rosie Mick Dittman G H Walter
1989 Cole Diesel M Kerr G Mance
1988 Planet Ruler B York D A Hayes
1987 Caledonian Boy P Hyland J J Moloney
1986 Canny Lass J Marshall Rick Hore-Lacy
1985 King Phoenix M Goreham T R Howe
1984 Mr. Ironclad P Jarman B J McLachlan
1983 Showmeran G Doughty K Neman Jr.