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A capacity field of eighteen is set to line up in the 2019 Group 1 Toorak Handicap over 1600m at Caulfield on Saturday.

Dual Group 1 winning Kiwi galloper Madison County and the Lindsay Park trained So Si Bon will both carrier the equal topweight of 58kg and both will have to do it tough after drawing extremely wide barriers.

Madison County drew nineteen while So Si Bon drew barrier twenty but they will move in three spots each if the three emergencies fail to gain a start.

The Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig will also saddle up Sikandarabad and Amphitrite while the all-conquering Chris Waller has Night’s Watch and Tom Melbourne running for the stable.  

We have analysed every single horse in the field and our complete 2019 Toorak Handicap tips are now available.

Madison County

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained Madison County is a dual Group 1 winner on his home soil in New Zealand over 1600m but will be doing it tough in the Toorak Handicap with the equal topweight of 58kg as well as being given the visitor’s drew. Madison County will jump from gate sixteen in the eighteen horse field if all three emergencies fail to gain a start, giving Damien Lane plenty of work to do.

So Si Bon

So Si Bon has also drawn the car park with barrier twenty in the original draw and Luke Nolen will be trying desperately to find some cover in the early stages. The Lindsay Park trained So Si Bon is yet to win at Group 1 level but is racing in good form with a second two starts back in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes over 1400m followed by a fifth in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) both at Caulfield. Wide gate with the big weight is the worry.

Cliff’s Edge

Cliff‘s Edge has been well beaten at his last two starts in Group 1 company for an eleventh in the Memsie Stakes and a sixth in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes both over 1400m at Caulfield. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Cliff’s Edge is a winner over the Caulfield 1600m course but also has plenty of weight to contend with.

Widgee Turf

Widgee Turf ran the best race of his career last start when third in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield and has to be given an each way chance again. Billy Egan will be able to give Widgee Turf a cosy run from a nice barrier and the Patrick Payne trained six year old is a winner over the same course and distance as the Toorak Handicap.

Night’s Watch

Night’s Watch is fitter for two runs back from a spell and it is hard to dismiss any horse trained by Chris Waller at the moment. Night’s Watch made up plenty of ground from the back when a second up ninth to Gatting in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes over 1600m at Flemington on September 14. James McDonald is also in hot form and will give the six year old every chance from a reasonable barrier.

Sikandarabad

Sikandarabad hasn’t been far off the mark in weaker company and is dropping back in distance following a third over 2000m in the Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield on September 21. Mark Zahra will give the seven year old a nice run from a handy barrier.

Streets Of Avalon

Place chances look best for Streets Of Avalon if he can repeat his last start fourth in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield on September 21.

Wyndspelle

Kiwi galloper Wyndspelle is yet to win at Group 1 level but has had several placings including two Group 1 seconds and a fourth from his last three starts. The six year old resumed from a spell for a second in the Group 1 1400m Tarzino Trophy at Hastings followed by a fourth in the Group 1 Windsor Park (1600m) at Hastings in New Zealand. Could be the smoky of the field.

Tom Melbourne

The Chris Waller trained Tom Melbourne is as honest as they come but he is finding it hard to find the winner’s stall again. Tom Melbourne led and fought on strongly last start when third in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill and was out of luck at the barrier draw for the Toorak Handicap, coming up with gate eighteen in the original draw.

Amphitrite

Amphitrite has failed to fire at three runs back from a spell and the Lindsay Park Team is hoping for improvement with the blinkers on after the mare was never a threat last start when tenth in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Age Of Chivalry

Age Of Chivalry has been installed as the $6.50 favourite for the Toorak Handicap in a wide betting race at Ladbrokes.com.au after running a game second in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. The lightly raced four year old has worked his way up through the grades and is still on the improve. Each way again.

Fierce Impact

Fierce Impact is fitter for one run back from a spell and is stepping up in grade on his first up second in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) at Randwick. Tougher here.

Mahamedeis

Mahamedeis ran a decent race two starts back for a second in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at The Valley followed by a fourth in a 1400m Caulfield Handicap with 59kg. Gets a nice drop in the weights in the Toorak Handicap but is up dramatically in class.

Princess Jenni

Australasian Oaks winner Princess Jenni is warming to another Group 1 win and heads to the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield on Saturday as the winner of the Group 2 1600m Stocks Stakes at The Valley. Has Damien Oliver in the saddle and a win here would not surprise.

Order Again

Queensland galloper Order Again was well beaten at his most recent start at Caulfield when tenth in a 1700m Handicap and looks safely held here.

Iconoclasm

Iconoclasm set the pace last start before fading to finish at the tail of the fourteen horse field in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. Will find it tough again from a wide gate.

Dyslexic

The Team Hawkes trained Dyslexic hasn’t been far off the pace at her recent outings with a fourth in the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) followed by a third in the Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) at Rosehill. Has each way claims again.

Miss Siska

Miss Siska drops considerably in weight but still has to improve on her last start seventh in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) at The Valley.

Chief Ironside

English visitor Chief Ironside is sweating on a scratching to gain a start in the final field after being made the first emergency. Hard to see him threaten if he gains a start.

Waging War

Second emergency Waging War has been racing fairly in much weaker company with four placings from his last four starts in South Australia and Caulfield.

Twilight Run

Twilight Run looks most unlikely to gain a start from third emergency and would be one of the outsiders of the field if he did.. Latest fifth in a 1630m BenchMark 78 Handicap at Flemington.

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