Toorak Handicap 2016

Saturday 8th October 2016

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 early October each year. On a meeting that is headlined by four Group 1 races, the Toorak Handicap is worth $400,000 in prize money 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 the Sir Rupert Clarke 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). A Magic Millions success story in Lucky Hussler took out the recent 2015 Toorak Handicap.

This year the Toorak Handicap will be run on Saturday 8th October 2016.

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. 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.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1x0420x015 AWESOME ROCK Leon & Troy Corstens Stephen Baster 9 58kg 109
2 x0x51709x4 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 12 57.5kg 108
3 19x960x311 BON AURUM Ciaron Maher Kerrin McEvoy 7 56kg 105
4 8x41211x11 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 1 55kg 103
5 75×1182844 JACQUINOT BAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 13 55kg 103
6 4321711111 ROYAL RAPTURE Darren Weir Mark Zahra 5 55kg 103
7 3x35217x26 COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller James McDonald 8 54.5kg 102
8 0x3419x103 MISS ROSE DE LAGO Danny O’Brien Ms Katelyn Mallyon 10 54kg 105
9 7x3x12x683 COSMIC CUBE (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 11 53kg 99
10 53x110x224 THAMES COURT David Brideoake Corey Brown 6 52kg 98
11 4000707116 GREAT ESTEEM Stuart Webb Chris Parnham 2 52kg 97
12 524536×511 MORAL VICTORY Tim Martin Ben Allen (a) 3 52kg 97
13 108x461x26 TIVACI Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 4 52kg 97

Toorak Handicap Betting & Odds

Toorak Handicap betting markets are traditionally led by horses that ran in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) held three weeks before at the same track, which has produced the past three winners 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 markets. Favourites in the Toorak Handicap odds have a solid record in the race over the past decade with four saluting for the punters. Upsets though are also not uncommon with the longest priced winner in recent history being Allez Wonder (40/1 in 2009).

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 has produced two of the past four winners, and look for the four-year-olds in the field as four from this age group have won since 2008.

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 with three of the past four winners having finished in the money leading up to the Toorak Handicap. Wide gates have produced as many winners as inside gates over the past decade but barrier three has produced three of the past 10 champs so look at the gates in the form guide as well as four-year-olds racing well.

Toorak Handicap Results

The Toorak Handicap results and finishing order of all starters is known when the event runs as Caulfield Race 7 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.

2016 Toorak Handicap Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 4 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 1 55kg $2.50F
2 11 GREAT ESTEEM Stuart Webb Chris Parnham 0.4L 2 52kg $31
3 13 TIVACI Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 0.9L 4 52kg $21
4 6 ROYAL RAPTURE Darren Weir Mark Zahra 1L 5 55kg $11
5 1 AWESOME ROCK Leon & Troy Corstens Stephen Baster 1.5L 9 58kg $19
6 3 BON AURUM Ciaron Maher Kerrin McEvoy 1.7L 7 56kg $7.50
7 5 JACQUINOT BAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 2.7L 12 55kg $26
8 10 THAMES COURT David Brideoake Corey Brown 3.45L 6 52kg $15
9 12 MORAL VICTORY Tim Martin Ben Allen (a) 4.45L 3 52kg $15
10 7 COUNTERATTACK Chris Waller James McDonald 4.55L 8 54.5kg $5.50
11 9 COSMIC CUBE (NZ) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 5.8L 11 53kg $61
12 8 MISS ROSE DE LAGO Danny O’Brien Ms Katelyn Mallyon 5.9L 10 54kg $17

Toorak Handicap Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2016 He’s Our Rokkii Great Esteem Tivaci 1:36.1
2015 Lucky Hussler Disposition Stratum Star 1:34.5
2014 Trust In A Gust Speediness Desert Jeuney 1:35.2
2013 Solzhenitsyn Trevieres Blackie 1:36.4
2012 Solzhenitsyn Spirit Song Yosei 1:35.2
2011 King Mufhasa King’s Rose Luen Yat Forever 1:36.2
2010 More Joyous We’re Gonna Rock Poor Judge 1:36.4
2009 Allez Wonder Gold Salute Rock Kingdom 1:35.0
2008 Alamosa Rockwood Pillar of Hercules 1:36.9
2007 Divine Madonna Niconero Wonderful World 1.37.3
2006 Red Dazzler Rewaaya Niconero 1.37.5
2005 Barely A Moment Super Kid Calveen 1.37.9
2004 Regal Roller Osca Warrior Infinite Grace 1.37.4
2003 Roman Arch Fields Of Omagh Umrum 1.36.0
2002 Shot Of Thunder Umrum Pernod 1.36.1
2001 Show A Heart La Zagaletta Shot Of Thunder 1.35.8
2000 Umrum Go Flash Go Crawl 1.36.4