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 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day in mid-October each year. On a meeting that is headlined by four Group 1 races, the Toorak Handicap is worth $500,000 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 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 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m), the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) and the Group 1 Ladbrokes 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 year the 2017 Toorak Handicap ran on Saturday October 14, 2017 .
2017 Toorak Handicap Results
- 1st: #1 Tosen Stardom
- 2nd: #14 Sovereign Nation
- 3rd: #16 Petrology
Toorak Handicap Race Info
- Date: Saturday October 14, 2017
- Track: Caulfield Racecourse
- Distance: 1600m
- Conditions: Handicap
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $500,000
- 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 five of the six winners from 2012-17 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 four saluting for the punters from 2010-17 including He’s Our Rokkii ($2.60 in 2016). Upsets though are also not uncommon with the longest priced Toorak Handicap winner in recent history being Allez Wonder ($41 in 2009).
2017 Toorak Handicap Odds
The updated Toorak Handicap 2017 betting odds complete with links to our Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day markets will be available below as soon as open so stay tuned for the best mile racing odds online.
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 past 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.
2017 Toorak Handicap Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Toorak Handicap 2017 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.
- 1st: #10 MR SNEAKY ($9) – It is a typical open edition of the Toorak Handicap and over half the field are winning hopes. That makes for an intriguing race on race day, but a nasty nightmare in the lead-up for punters trying to tip the trifecta! Going with the Sir Rupert Clarke form and think Mr Sneaky wasn’t run to win that day. Held for second after being surpassed and with better luck, still in well weight-wise (52.5kg), gets the chance for his own Group 1 win making his mile debut.
- 2nd: #15 THEANSWERMYFRIEND ($6.50) – Another sitting duck in the Sir Rupert, a race that has provided the three latest Toorak winners, who will get the chance to atone. Carries minimum weight, barrier six gives jockey Michael Dee options and will be better over a mile having had three past 1600m runs for a win and two seconds.
- 3rd: #9 EGG TART ($5) – Race favourite from the Chris Waller stable, this two-time Oaks winning filly is after her first win as a four-year-old mare. First-up she was four lengths beaten by The Everest hopeful Deploy in the Theo Marks, but the pace that day was hot. Second-up she is fitter, the mile is better and this race pace should give her a winning hope to salute for the punters.
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.
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 Emirates Stakes (2000m) run at Flemington on the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup.
2017 Toorak Handicap Field
The official Toorak Handicap 2017 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday leading-up to Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day and will be listed in full below so stay tuned to see what gun spring milers make the field.
In 2017 the Toorak Handicap Field features a capacity number of hopeful milers including last start Epsom Handicap runner-up Tom Melbourne who is one of four Chris Waller-trained chances, as well as six for last year’s winning stable Lindsay Park led by Epsom third placegetter Snitzon.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||9x4x22x536||TOSEN STARDOM (JPN)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||16||57.5kg||109|
|2||x37x525272||KASPERSKY (IRE)||Jane Chapple-Hyam||Luke Nolen||3||56kg||106|
|3||282x060x00||SEABURGE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||12||55kg||104|
|4||x6905x2222||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||15||55kg||104|
|5||590x160x60||HE OR SHE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||18||54.5kg||103|
|6||71183×4771||I AM A STAR (NZ)||Shane Nichols||Ben Melham||14||54.5kg||107|
|7||18x3010x36||TURNITAROUND||Matthew Williams||Ben Thompson (a)||2||54.5kg||103|
|8||1x5338x116||COMIN’ THROUGH||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||4||53.5kg||101|
|9||31x11111x2||EGG TART||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||9||53.5kg||105|
|10||413311×122||MR SNEAKY||Anthony Freedman||Dean Yendall||8||52.5kg||99|
|11||x12x27x563||OMEI SWORD||Chris Waller||Stephen Baster||5||52kg||102|
|12||14173×5463||SNITZSON||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||10||52kg||98|
|13||4030×22833||SO SI BON||Robbie Laing||Craig Newitt||19||52kg||97|
|14||3276×15314||SOVEREIGN NATION||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Beau Mertens (a)||17||52kg||97|
|15||41212×2215||THEANSWERMYFRIEND||Robert Smerdon||Michael Dee||6||52kg||96|
|16||x683219838||PETROLOGY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Chris Parnham||13||52kg||93|
|17||8940534433||JACQUINOT BAY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Ben Allen (a)||11||52kg||92|
|18||53510×6822||WYNDSPELLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||TBA||7||52kg||92|
|19e||4x3131456x||MASK OF TIME (IRE)||Hugo Palmer||TBA||1||52kg||91|
2017 Toorak Handicap Nominations
The official Toorak Handicap 2017 nominations are taken on the Monday of race week, unlike those for the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas at the same meeting that close in early August.
In 2017 the Toorak Handicap nominations drew 29 early entries including a number of international raiders such as Riven Light. Chris Waller is in with four hopefuls including Tom Melbourne who ran second in the Epsom Handicap last time out. The Epsom Handicap third placegetter Snitzon is another key entry for last year’s winning stable Lindsay Park, who have seven nominees including also the defending winner He’s Our Rokkii.
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 three times from 2013-17
- 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
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.
2017 Toorak Handicap Results
The full Toorak Handicap 2017 Results & Finishing Order will be detailed below when the race takes place on 2017 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day, Saturday October 14, 2017 .
|1||1||TOSEN STARDOM (JPN)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||–||16||57.5kg||$10|
|2||14||SOVEREIGN NATION||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Beau Mertens (a)||1L||17||52kg||$21|
|3||16||PETROLOGY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Chris Parnham||2L||13||52kg||$101|
|4||19e||MASK OF TIME (IRE)||Hugo Palmer||Daniel Moor||2.2L||1||52kg||$91|
|5||3||SEABURGE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||2.3L||12||55kg||$81|
|6||4||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||2.6L||15||55kg||$8.50|
|7||9||EGG TART||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||3.1L||9||53.5kg||$5.50F|
|8||7||TURNITAROUND||Matthew Williams||Ben Thompson (a)||3.3L||2||54.5kg||$51|
|9||17||JACQUINOT BAY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Ben Allen (a)||3.4L||11||52kg||$41|
|10||18||WYNDSPELLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||Ms Nikita Beriman||4.4L||7||52kg||$26|
|11||11||OMEI SWORD||Chris Waller||Stephen Baster||4.5L||5||52kg||$14|
|12||10||MR SNEAKY||Anthony Freedman||Dean Yendall||4.8L||8||52.5kg||$6|
|13||5||HE OR SHE||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||5L||18||54.5kg||$101|
|14||12||SNITZSON||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||5.1L||10||52kg||$31|
|15||8||COMIN’ THROUGH||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||7.85L||4||53.5kg||$9|
|16||2||KASPERSKY (IRE)||Jane Chapple-Hyam||Luke Nolen||7.95L||3||56kg||$31|
|17||15||THEANSWERMYFRIEND||Robert Smerdon||Michael Dee||11.2L||6||52kg||$7|
|18||6||I AM A STAR (NZ)||Shane Nichols||Ben Melham||12.45L||14||54.5kg||$20|
|–||13||SO SI BON||Robbie Laing||Craig Newitt||–||0||–||–|
Toorak Handicap Winners
|2017||Tosen Stardom||Sovereign Nation||Petrology||1:35.8|
|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|
|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|
|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|