Victoria Handicap Race Information

The Victoria Handicap is a 1400 metre open handicap race run by the Melbourne Racing Club normally on Easter Saturday. It is held at Caulfield as one of the feature events of the meeting.

  • Race Type: Group 3
  • Distance: 1400 metres
  • Conditions: Open handicap
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $200,000
  • Date: Saturday 6 April 2024

Victoria Handicap Race History

See the 2024 Victoria Handicap Preview and results.

See the 2023 Victoria Handicap Preview and results.

See the 2022 Victoria Handicap Preview and results.

The race was first held as a Principal race over 7 furlongs (about 1400 metres) in 1949 and was won by a horse called Ungar. From 1973 it became the metric distance of 1400 metres. In 1979 it became a Listed race and in 1980 it was upgraded to the current Group 3 status.

The race is traditionally held on Easter Saturday.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Bam’s On Fire (2020)

Last 3YO to win: C&G – Keeper (2001); Filly – none

Multiple winners: Debrief (2002 & 2003); Jet Fighter (1987 & 1988)

Fastest time (1400m): Lord Luskin (1997) 1:21:80

Interesting trivia:

Past winners of the Victoria Handicap

Winners of past Victoria Handicaps include horses that go on to win major spring races.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Here To Shock Seonee The Inferno
2023 Cardinal Gem Frankie Pinot Lady Of Honour
2022 Ayrton Streets Of Avalon Excelida
2021 Mr Quickie Still A Star Galaxy Raider
2020 Bam’s On Fire Seabrook Sircconi
2019 Streets Of Avalon Manolo Blahniq Fastnet Tempest
2018 Widgee Turf Turnitaround Ken’s Dream
2017 Hooked Charmed Harmony Turbo Miss
2016 Black Heart Bart Charmed Harmony Eclair Choice
2015 Watermans Bay The Peak Sistine Demon
2014 Sistine Demon Gig London Stripe
2013 Budriguez Sertorius British General
2012 Smokin’ Joey Under The Eiffel Bagman
2011 Red Colossus Budriguez Time Matters
2010 Orbit Express Amberino Delayedreaction
2009 Masked Assassin Chasm Falaise
2008 Gotta Have Heart Valedictum Eskaw
2007 Stickpin Mind Your Head Party Pie
2006 Volitant Calveen Dismissal
2005 Roman Arch Recapitalize Niconero
2004 Regal Roller Bird Dancer Red Hannigan
2003 Debrief Mr Magoo True Glo
2002 Debrief Flavour Belle Ball
2001 Keeper Intelligent Star Orchestrated
2000 Go Flash Go Rancho Spark Typhoon
1999 El Mirada Storm Rebel Carnelian
1998 Rustic Dream Umrum Whistle Up
1997 Lord Luskin Century Blazer Bionic Bess
1996 Country Lane Jadeva Belle Simple As That
1995 Simple As That Bourbon And Ice Navy Brass
1994 Mister Elegant Carolingian Mr Untouchable
1993 Surtee Brave Path Balmoral Beau
1992 The Fount Centip What A Shindig
1991 Solemn Oath Aisle Zaparri
1990 Prince Ormenium Rare Chance Pressman’s Choice
1989 Aisle Hazy Pond Jet Fighter
1988 Jet Fighter Cameronic Daring Jon
1987 Jet Fighter Daring Jon Captain Palice
1986 Aiming Selso Luther’s Luck
1985 Mendeara Etoile Wise Call Mighty Avenger
1984 Kalimna Queen Mighty Supremo Eureka Gold
1983 Hooplahannah Stellina Beach Boy
1982 Qubeau Papal Bull Ranger’s Son
1981 Aquatorial Bencreato Blue And White
1980 Schaparo Sue’s Lad Quiet Snort
1979 Bit Of A Skite Quiet Snort Turf Ruler
1978 Money Talks Sybarite Martindale
1977 Golden Fantasy Man-A-Million Comic Chris
1976 Man-A-Million Kinther Lad Our Guy
1975 Kenmark Eclipser Tauto
1974 Cut And Deal Persian Gambler Theus
1973 Nicopal Tauto Wolf Law
1972 Abdul
Count Karl
 * dead-heat 1st Royal Canvas
1971 Romantic Son Magic Ruler Abebe
1970 Tauto Rickshaw Lad Snub
1969 Abebe Ammate Dulcet
1968 Ammate Maritana Magic Ruler
1967 Snub Siwai Boeing Boy
1966 Kaminyarr Boeing Boy Great Cheer
1965 Samson Captain Blue Figurehead
1964 Nicopolis Jerkin
Great Cheer
 * dead heat 2nd
1963 Highmara Prince Paladin Birchwood
1962 Webster Golden Haze Fiero
1961 Fuss Unquenchable Webster
1960 Correct Society Beau Wool Lad
1959 Count Tassia Arcadian Juan Marguerite
1958 Lord Olympic Fire Gay Saba
1957 Parvo The Corsican Swynphilos
1956 Brocken Fascinating Midwest
1955 St. Joel Winker Bonny Dash
1954 Burdindi Jamboree Purple Boy
1953 Pure Fire Bytact Laurie Hussar
1952 Joyance Eclair Merry Scout
1951 Savoy Star Port Eclair
1950 Star Port Ellerslie
 * dead heat 2nd
1949 Ungar Beau Gem Ellerslie