Toorak Handicap Race Information

The Toorak Handicap is a 1600 metre race for three-year-olds and upwards run under open handicap conditions. It is held by the Melbourne Racing Club at Caulfield in October on Caulfield Guineas Day.

  • Race Type: Group 1
  • Distance: 1600 metres
  • Conditions: Open Handicap, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $1,000,000
  • Date: Saturday 14 October 2023

Toorak Handicap Race History

See the 2023 Toorak Handicap Preview and results

See the 2022 Toorak Handicap Preview and results

See the 2021 Toorak Handicap Preview and results

See the 2020 Toorak Handicap Preview and results

The Toorak Handicap was first held as a principal race over 8 furlongs (about 1600 metres) in 1881 and was won by Josephine. It has been known by different names over the years. From 1981 to 1984 it was known as The IXL and from 1985 to 1989 it was called The Elders Mile. It became a Group 1 race in 1979.

Lead-up races include the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400 metres and the Gilgai Stakes over 1200 metres. Horses then go onto other middle distance races like the Group 2 Crystal Mile over 1600 metres on Cox Plate Day while fillies and mares may go on to the Group 1 Myer Classic over 1600 metres on Victoria Derby Day.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win; More Joyous (2010)

Last 3YO to win: C&G  – K. Cid (1929); Filly – no filly has won

Multiple winners: Solzhenitsyn (2012 & 2013); Umrum (1999 & 2000); Nicopolis (1963 & 1964); Desert Breeze (1952 & 1953); Saxony (1948 & 1949).

Fastest time (1600m): Lucky Hussler (2015) 1:34:5

Interesting trivia: Galilee is the only horse to win a Toorak Handicap and Melbourne Cup > he did this in 1966.

Previous winners of the Toorak Handicap

Only a few horses have managed to win this race in more than one year. They are Solzhenitsyn (2012 and 2013), Umrum (1999 and 2000), Nicopolis (1963 and 1964), Desert Breeze (1952 and 1953) and Saxony (1948 and 1949). Most winners are above average sprinter milers and most are not stayers who can go on to the longer distance Cup races.

Tobin Bronze (1967) was the only Toorak winner to also win a Cox Plate. Several Toorak winners have won the Caulfield Cup but there has been none since Cole Diesel in 1989. Leilani (1974) was the only mare to complete the Toorak Handicap – Caulfield Cup double. Galilee was the only horse to win the Toorak and the Melbourne Cup, in 1966.

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Attrition Antino Bankers Choice
2022 Tuvalu Laws Of Indices Military Expert
2021 I’m Thunderstruck Tofane Superstorm
2020 Mr Quickie Buffalo River Superstorm
2019 Fierce Impact Night’s Watch Age Of Chivalry
2018 Land Of Plenty Hartnell Siege Of Quebec
2017 Tosen Stardom (JPN) Sovereign Nation Petrology
2016 He’s Our Rokkii Great Esteem Tivaci
2015 Lucky Hussler Disposition Stratum Star
2014 Trust In A Gust Speediness Desert Jeuney
2013 Solzhenitsyn Trevieres Blackie
2012 Solzhenitsyn Spirit Song Yosei
2011 King Mufhasa King’s Rose Luen Yat Forever
2010 More Joyous We’re Gonna Rock Poor Judge
2009 Allez Wonder Gold Salute Rock Kingdom
2008 Alamosa (NZ) Rockwood Pillar Of Hercules
2007 Divine Madonna Niconero Wonderful World
2006 Red Dazzler Rewaaya (NZ) Niconero
2005 Barely A Moment Super Kid (NZ) Calveen (NZ)
2004 Regal Roller Osca Warrior Infinite Grace
2003 Roman Arch Fields Of Omagh Umrum
2002 Shot Of Thunder Umrum Pernod (NZ)
2001 Show A Heart Le Zagaletta Shot Of Thunder
2000 Umrum Go Flash Go Crawl

2018 Toorak Handicap Preview & Tips:

Track: Good   Weather: Fine

There is a full field of 18 plus one emergency for the $500,000 Aquis Toorak Handicap. Five of them had their last start in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes three weeks ago, and four had their last start in the Epsom Handicap two weeks ago. The betting is very open and the early favourite is Shillelagh who hit the line strongly for 4th in the Epsom last start. Second favouritism is shared between Epsom winner Hartnell who goes up 2kg, and Land Of Plenty who had no luck when a close 3rd in the Rupert Clarke last start.

Noire chased hard to win the Group 2 Shannon Stakes last start. Jungle Cat won three races in Dubai before winning the Rupert Clarke last time. Siege Of Quebec battled away for 7th in the Epsom following a win in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap. Muraaqeb was 5th in the Epsom. Cliff’s Edge chased hard to win over 1400m at Caulfield last start after the rider lost his whip and could make his presence felt. Waging War is unbeaten in two runs at the mile and Dollar For Dollar was 2nd in the Rupert Clarke. All other runners are currently 20 to 1 or longer.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
1 Hartnell
12 Cliff’s Edge
2 Jungle Cat
4 Shillelagh