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, 3YO & Up Open Handicap
- Distance: 1,600 metres
- Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Saturday, 14 October 2017
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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.
2017 Toorak Handicap Odds & Final Field:
Check below for the latest odds and final field for the 2017 Toorak Handicap.‘Odds not currently available’
2017 Toorak Handicap Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a full field of 18 plus one emergency for the $500,000 United Petroleum Toorak Handicap. The betting is very open and early favouritism is shared between Egg Tart who has won 6 of her 9 starts, and Tom Melbourne who was 2nd in the Epsom Handicap last start. Third favourite is Mr Sneaky who was 2nd in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes last outing.
Theanswermyfriend ran 5th in the Rupert Clarke, Comin’ Through was 6th in the Epsom and Tosen Stardom was 6th in the Rupert Clarke. Omei Sword ran 3rd in the Group 2 Golden Pendant, while I Am A Star won the Group 2 Stocks Stakes last outing and loves this distance. So Si Bon ran 3rd in the Rupert Clarke Stakes. All other runners are currently 16 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
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|9 Egg Tart||9 Egg Tart||10 Mr Sneaky|
|4 Tom Melbourne||1 Tosen Stardom||9 Egg Tart|
|10 Mr Sneaky||6 I Am Star||8 Comin’ Through|
|6 I Am A Star||4 Tom Melbourne||1 Tosen Stardom|
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.
|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|
|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|