Toorak Handicap 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: Toorak Handicap graduates have a good strike-rate in the Cox Plate

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 three 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.

2022 Toorak Handicap winner Tuvalu

2022 Toorak Handicap winner Tuvalu. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Open to horses aged three-years-old and above it has held Group 1 status since 1979 and was traditionally contested by horses that came off 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.

In 2023 however the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes was moved to late November and now takes place after the Toorak.

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 that now runs as the Might And Power Stakes.

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).

The 2021 Toorak Handicap form was franked with the winner I’m Thunderstruck winning Sydney’s  The Golden Eagle next start, a race now worth $10 million. The gun galloper returned the following autumn to finish runner-up in both the $5 million The All-Star Mile in Melbourne and Sydney’s Doncaster Mile.

This season the 2023 Toorak Handicap ran on Saturday October 14, 2023 on Caulfield Guineas Day and was won in a narrow upset by the brave Mitchell Freedman-trained Attrition ($26).  

2023 Toorak Handicap Results

The full Toorak Handicap 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be detailed below when the race takes place on 2023 Caulfield Guineas Day, Saturday October 14, 2023.

2023 Toorak Handicap winner Attrition

2023 Toorak Handicap winner Attrition showed true grit late to score the narrow photo-finish win. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #7 Attrition
  • 2nd: #6 Antino
  • 3rd: #8 Bankers Choice

After a number of earlier, frustrating close calls at Group 1 level Churchill four-year-old Attrition ($26) showed true grit to extend his neck right on the line and hold out the better-fancied Queenslander Antino in a thrilling photo-finish Toorak Handicap 2023 result on Caulfield Guineas Day.

2023 Toorak Handicap Odds

The updated Toorak Handicap 2023 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.

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Toorak Handicap Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 14, 2023
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 1881

Toorak Handicap Betting

Toorak Handicap betting markets were 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 before the Sir Rupert was moved to November ahead of the 2023 edition.

Tuvalu (3rd in 2022) was the last Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes graduate to back-up and win the Toorak Handicap.

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 2010-22 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).

There was another notable upset in 2023 with Attrition winning at $26 while the third placed Bankers Choice jumped at $201!

Toorak Handicap Field

The Toorak Handicap race 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.

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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 Group 1 Melbourne races earlier in the spring 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.

2023 Toorak Handicap Field

The official Toorak Handicap 2023 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 2023 Toorak Handicap final field features a class field of middle distance gallopers including last start Stocks Stakes winning mare Amelia’s Jewel, the widely-drawn Tony Gollan-trained Queenslander Antino with support from the punters, and Pinstriped representing value off his good win in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley. 

Toorak Field Update: Original top-weight #1 My Oberon (15) has been withdrawn in favour of a Sydney run in the Group 1 $5 million King Charles III Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick.

2023 Toorak Handicap Nominations

The early Toorak Handicap 2023 Nominations are taken the Monday of race week and will be available below once announced.

The 2023 Toorak Handicap nominations attracted a star-studded line-up of potential Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup hopefuls led in all-in betting by star WA-trained mare Amelia’s Jewel chasing her third win from as many starts in Melbourne this prep.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1211x12x11 AMELIA’S JEWEL M 4 Simon A Miller 1 56kg 56kg 111
2 8x0653216x HUETOR (FR) G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 2 58kg 58kg 111
3 x2400x9013 GOLDEN MILE H 4 James Cummings 3 57kg 57kg 109
4 6x6026x647 MY OBERON (IRE) G 7 Annabel Neasham 4 57kg 57kg 109
5 1111113×28 THE INEVITABLE G 8 John Keys 5 56.5kg 56.5kg 108
6 x534113x21 PINSTRIPED G 5 Enver Jusufovic 6 56kg 56kg 107
7 x51210x048 LINDERMANN H 4 Chris Waller 7 55kg 55kg 105
8 111263×640 POUNDING G 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 8 55kg 55kg 105
9 31x1111x41 ANTINO (NZ) G 5 Tony Gollan 9 54.5kg 54.5kg 104
10 1113553×40 NUGGET (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 10 54.5kg 54.5kg 104
11 3x1152x520 ATTRITION H 4 Mitchell Freedman 11 54kg 54kg 103
12 x6362598x7 BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney 12 53.5kg 53.5kg 102
13 3x24120x33 CORNER POCKET G 7 Lindsey Smith 13 53.5kg 53.5kg 102
14 37x4298x62 PRIDE OF JENNI M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 14 52kg 52kg 101
15 x310234174 BARBIE’S FOX M 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 15 52kg 52kg 101
16 731x22x124 SEE YOU IN HEAVEN M 4 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 16 52kg 52kg 99
17 111432×142 SAVANNAH CLOUD (NZ) G 6 Phillip Stokes 17 52kg 52kg 99
18 402369×901 IRONCLAD (GB) G 8 Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea 18 52kg 52kg 99
19 x26111x822 HERE TO SHOCK (NZ) G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 19 52kg 52kg 98
20 36x254x156 AMENABLE H 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 20 52kg 52kg 97
21 91316x32x6 CHARTERHOUSE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 21 52kg 52kg 97
22 3126114×04 BELTORO G 6 Robert Hickmott 22 52kg 52kg 96
23 6613106×01 ASCENSION (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 23 52kg 52kg 96
24 745303×429 WILLIAMSBURG H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 24 52kg 52kg 94
25 9309×50267 JUNIPAL G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 25 52kg 52kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Toorak Handicap Tips

Toorak Handicap tips that are the most likely to pay off are to take the best performers coming out of similar grade Group 1 runs over 1400m or further.

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

Looking over the history of the race it is clear the wider-drawn horses and proven Group 1 place-getters are the best to back in Toorak Handicap tipping.

2023 Toorak Handicap Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Toorak Handicap 2023 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: #3 Amelia’s Jewel ($2.20 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Can Simon Miller’s star mare from WA keep the wins coming down south? She continues to thrive in Melbourne and is now two-from-two this prep having won the Group 2 Let’s Elope fresh and Group 2 Stocks Stakes over the mile at The Valley last time out. She faces tougher company here, but she has Group 1 winning form back in Perth up to 1800m and presents rock hard fit third-up. She is undefeated at the Toorak distance and this in-form four-year-old has options from barrier 12 with Damian Lane continuing associations. He knows her well now, she gets in okay weight-wise with 56kg and is going too good to bet against.

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.

The 2022 Toorak Handicap form was franked with the winner Tuvalu running second next-up at Flemington in the Group 1 VRC Champions Mile (1600m). The runner-up Laws Of Indices meanwhile went to Sydney for a third in the $2 million Five Diamonds before heading overseas to finish third in that year’s Hong Kong Mile.

Toorak Handicap Form Facts

  • Favourites in Toorak Handicap betting saluted five times from 2013-23.
  • Four-year-olds have the best record overall in the Toorak Handicap results going back over the past 30 years with Attrition (2023) the last four-year-old Toorak Handicap winner.
  • More Joyous (2010) was the last mare to win the Toorak Handicap.

2023 Toorak Handicap Form Guide

A link to our detailed Toorak Handicap 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters the week of the race.

Toorak Handicap Results

The Toorak Handicap race 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.

K. Cid (1929) is the sole three-year-old Toorak Handicap winner in history.

There have been five multiple Toorak Handicap winners to date with Solzhenitsyn (2012, 2013); Umrum (1999, 2000); Nicopolis (1963, 1964); Desert Breeze (1952, 1953); and Saxony (1948, 1949) all winning the race twice.

Land Of Plenty holds the current Toorak Handicap race record winning in 2018 in a time of 1 minute 34.52 seconds.

Past Toorak Handicap Winners

Recent Toorak Handicap winners dating back to the year 1983 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer/s Time
2023 Attrition Beau Mertens Mitchell Freedman 1:36.47
2022 Tuvalu Jarrod Fry Lindsey Smith 1:36.55
2021 I’m Thunderstruck Jye McNeil Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 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.