Bill Ritchie Handicap Race Information

The Bill Ritchie Handicap is a 1400 metre quality handicap race run by the Australian Turf Club in September. It is held at Randwick as part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Group 3
  • Distance: 1400 metres
  • Conditions: Quality handicap, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $160,000
  • Date: Saturday 19 September 2020

Bill Ritchie Handicap Race History

It was first run in 1978 and was won by a horse called Go Mod. It was a Listed race from 1989 to 1997 and was upgraded to a Group 3 race in 1998.

It is a traditional lead-up to the Epsom Handicap.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Probabeel (2020)

Last 3YO to win: C&G – none; Filly – none

Multiple winners: Zebarra (2002 & 2003); Royal Reel (1987 & 1989)

Fastest time (1400m): Flaming (2005) 1:21:27

Bill Ritchie & Epsom Handicap: Kolding (2009); Boban (2013)

Leading jockeys: Jim Cassidy with 5 wins (Sadler’s Lake 2015; Steps In Time 2012; Fouardee 2001; Rouslan 1994; Full Page 1986).

Interesting trivia: Race not run in 2007 due to equine influenza. Dead heat for 2nd behind Full Page in 1986 between Shinakima and The Cowboy.

Past winners of the Bill Ritchie Handicap

Winners of past Bill Ritchie Handicaps include Probabeel (2020), Kolding (2019), Comin’ Through (2017), Manawanui (2014), Boban (2013), Steps In Time (2012), Zabarra (2002/2003), Landsighting (2000), Bezeal Bay (1998), Holy Roller (1997), Monopolize (1995), Rouslan (1994), Prince Of Praise (1992), Rechabite (1991), Our Poverty Bay (1990), Dinky Flyer (1985) and Leica Planet (1983).

Year Winner Second Third
2020 Probabeel Cuba Brandenburg
2019 Kolding Fierce Impact Desert Lord
2018 Siege Of Quebec Pierata Music Magnate
2017 Comin’ Through Tom Melbourne Burning Passion
2016 Sons Of John Torgersen Federal