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
|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
|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|