2022 Bill Ritchie Handicap Stakes Race Details

Race 5 at Randwick on 17th September Saturday 2022.

The Bill Ritchie Handicap is a Group 3 1400 metre quality race for the three-year-olds and upwards that is run by the Australian Turf Club in September. It is normally run at Randwick during the Spring.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on the Bill Ritchie Handicap page.

Bill Ritchie Handicap 2022 Preview

Track: Soft  Weather: Partly Cloudy.

Ten runners have accepted for the $200,000 Group 3 Bill Ritchie Stakes and there has been one early scratching. The Chris Waller stable has three runners entered for the event, James Cummings has two runners entered, whilst the rest of the trainers have just one entry each.

Cross Talk has opened up the early favourite at $2.80. He has had a freshen up following his 1.3 length third in the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury. Prior to that, he was a good winner in the Winter Challenge by two lengths.

O’President is on the second line of betting at $3.40. Has had two trials for his new stable in Bjorn Baker, which were both big eye-catchers and he will be looking to improve on what he achieved last preparation with the Chris Waller stable.

Top Ranked rounds out the top 3 at $6.00. He had just the one start in the Autumn, finishing fifth in the Chipping Norton behind Verry Elleegant. He was only 1.3 lengths off them and was found to be 3/5 lame, so he should have a good preparation this time in.

Bill Ritchie Handicap Runner by Runner

1. Top Ranked (2)

Returning after 203 days. He had just the one start in the Autumn, finishing fifth in the Chipping Norton behind Verry Elleegant. He was only 1.3 lengths off them and was found to be 3/5 lame. Two trials this time in and should run a bold race.

2. Purple Sector (4)

Entered for Newcastle on Friday. Resumed last start with a nice second behind Old Flamein a benchmark 100. He can make his presence known here but I think he is a place chance at best.

3. Blaze A Trail (10)


4. Paternal (9)

Returning after 112 days. Finished last preparation with a tight second in the Queensland Derby. He has had two trials in preparation for this, has drawn poorly and will be looking for further. Place chance at best.

5. Cross Talk (5)

Continuing his preparation following a let-up of 29 days. He finished a 1.3 length third in the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury and Prior to that, he was a good winner in the Winter Challenge by two lengths. He is also entered for Newcastle but he has drawn much better here.

6. Character (1)

Entered for Newcastle also. He was just fair first up in the Tramway Stakes but far from his best. Blinkers go back on which is ideal and wasn’t far away from Mr Mozart last preparation when third in the Phar Lap Stakes. I am expecting a bold run.

7. O’President (3)

Returning after 133 days. Changed to the Bjorn Baker stable from Chris Waller. Has had two trials which were the definition of eye-catchers. Drawn well and maps well, could be tough to beat.

8. Ranch Hand (8)

Ran poorly at Moonee Valley last start. He will need to go to a new level to win this.

9. Lackeen (7)

Won nicely two back at Moonee Valley before running second at the same track in an open 1500m race. He has had a nice tick-over trial, but he will need his best to be a factor here.

10. The Frontman (6)

Returning after 90 days. Also entered for Newcastle.  He generally performs well fresh and had two trials in preparation for this. Place chance at best.

Bill Ritchie Handicap 2022 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this year’s race.

Josh’s Tips
Jo’s Tips
7 O’President 5 Cross Talk
5 Cross Talk 7 O’President
1 Top Ranked 2 Purple Sector
9 Lackeen 4 Paternal

Previews for other races this week

Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup 2022 (Newcastle 2300m)  – Friday

Group 3 Cameron Handicap 2022 (Newcastle 1500m)  – Friday

Group 3 Tibbie Stakes 2022 (Newcastle 1400m)  – Friday

Group 1 George Main Stakes 2022 (Randwick 1600m)

Group 2 The Shorts 2022 (Randwick 1100m)

Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes 2022 (Randwick 1400m)

Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes 2022 (Randwick 2000m)

Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2022 (Caulfield 1400m)

Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude 2022 (Caulfield 1400m)

Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude 2022 (Caulfield 1400m)

Group 3 Naturalism Stakes 2022 (Caulfield 2000m)

Group 3 How Now Stakes 2022 (Caulfield 1200m)

Listed W H Wylie Handicap 2022 (Morphettville 1100m)

Feature Pink Ribbon Cup 2022 (Gold Coast 1200m)

Listed Boulder Cup 2022 (Kalgoorlie 2100m)  – Sunday

2022 Bill Ritchie Handicap Final Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 1 Top Ranked
2nd 2 Purple Sector 1.33 lengths
3rd 5 Cross Talk 2.1 lengths
4th 9 Lackeen 2.25 lengths

The track was rated as Soft 7.

Scratchings: 3. Blaze A Trail, 6. Character, 10. The Frontman.