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: $250,000
  • Date: Saturday 16 September 2023

Bill Ritchie Handicap Race History

See the 2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Preview and results.

See the 2022 Bill Ritchie Handicap Preview and results.

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: Atishu (2021)

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
2023 Rediener Cuban Royale Wild Planet
2022 Top Ranked Purple Sector Cross Talk
2021 Atishu Looks Like Elvis Aramayo
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
2015 Sadler’s Lake Rudy Heart Testa
2014 Manawanui Rock Sturdy Tougher Than Ever
2013 Boban Belltone Choice Bro
2012 Steps In Time Said Com Wild And Proud
2011 Thankgodyou’rehere Startsmeup Miss Keepsake
2010 Drumbeats Kenny’s World Captain Sonador
2009 McClintock Walking or Dancing Faulconbridge
2008 Judged Rockwood Kiloton
2007  ** Race not run **
2006 Coalesce New Edge Flaming
2005 Flaming Devil Messiaen
2004 Osca Warrior Utzon In a Bound
2003 Zabarra Britt’s Best Forum Floozie
2002 Zabarra This Manshood Swiss Echo
2001 Fouardee Defier Adamantly
2000 Landsighting Tie The Knot Valuate
1999 Brave Prince Al Mansour Stanzaic
1998 Bezeal Bay Deep Snip Super Crest
1997 Holy Roller Pimpala Son Prairie
1996 Mamzelle Pedrille Persian Flyer Headstrong
1995 Monopolize Juggler Flight To Fantasy
1994 Rouslan Over The Top Big Dreams
1993 Belas Knap Cohort Telesto
Mighty Tango
1992 Prince Of Praise East Ocean Friend Stormy Guest
1991 Rechabite Somalia Be Able
1990 Our Poverty Bay Remember Peter Mocha
1989 Royal Reel Our Palliser Black Routine
1988 Pleasant Flight Gold Trump Regal Native
1987 Royal Reel True Reason Piccata
1986 Full Page Shinakima
The Cowboy
 * dead-heat 2nd
1985 Dinky Flyer Eureka Stockade Magnitude
1984 Muffler Tandrio Wage Freeze
1983 Leica Planet Lord Ballina Elroy
1982 Note Of Victory Christian Prince Maybe Michelle
1981 Gooree Pride High Classic Irish Flyer
1980 Tulip Town The Funofit Snow Vain
1979 Drummer Glenfield Lad Daddy Cool
1978 Go Mod Le Dejeuner Tattenham Lad