2015 Toorak Handicap Field Features Stratum Star

One of two hopes for last year’s winning trainer Darren Weir, Stratum Star is a headline acceptor in the capacity Toorak Handicap 2015 field for Caulfield Guineas Day this weekend in Melbourne.

Stratum Star

Stratum Star is looking to complete the same Sir Rupert Clarke – Toorak Handicap double stablemate Trust In A Gust did last spring. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Running as Caulfield Race 7 at 4:30pm (AEST) on Saturday afternoon, this year’s $400,000 Group 1 David Jones NBCF Toorak Handicap (1600m) has attracted a full 18 starters including two for Weir who took out the mile classic 12 months ago with Trust In A Gust (2014).

This year Weir returns after more success with his William Reid Stakes winning Husson gelding Lucky Hussler and Stratum Star drawn well in barriers four and two, who are also the two top-weighted runners carrying 58kg and 57kg respectively.

Dual Toorak Handicap winning hoop Glen Boss – who won aboard Show A Heart (2001) and Shot Of Thunder (2002) – stays on Lucky Hussler with the galloper looking to improve on his last start sixth when beaten under two lengths in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) on September 26.

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Stratum Star is also backing up in the Toorak, the ultra-consistent Stratum four-year-old looking for back-to-back Group 1 wins at Caulfield where he also ran a nice third to Boban in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) in late August.

He jumps from barrier two on Saturday, which hasn’t produced a Toorak Handicap winner since Sober Suit (1995) 20 years ago, his Sir Rupert Clarke winning hoop Craig Williams retaining the ride this weekend.

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is the traditional Toorak Handicap lead-up having produced the past three winners on the trot including Trust In A Gust who completed the double last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The next best over the line in this year’s Sir Rupert backing up in the Toorak is the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained runner-up Disposition (55kg).

Formerly prepared in Perth, the Reset four-year-old has had four Caulfield runs since the start of the year including his close second when only just nosed out of the Group 1 in the Sir Rupert.

Along with Stratum Star the only other last start winner in the Toorak Handicap line-up on the weekend is the Peter Moody-trained Kenjorwood (55kg) drawn in gate nine.

A winner of two of his past four runs, the Snippetson six-year-old comes off a non-black type win over 1700m at Caulfield on Sir Rupert Day and is back up in class having won two of his three previous runs at the track.

Barrier 11 has produced two of the past four Toorak Handicap winners with King Mufhasa (2011) and Trust In A Gust (2014) and this year the gun gate belongs to another of Moody’s runners Abidewithme (52kg) to be ridden by apprentice Patrick Moloney on the minimum weight that was last carried to victory by Solzhenitsyn (2012) for his first of two wins.

A six-year-old daughter of Redoute’s Choice, Abidewithme was beaten only two lengths as a $26 roughie in the Sir Rupert Clarke when jumping from barrier 17 of 18.

Moody, who is yet to train a Toorak winner, also has Hi World (54.5kg) in gate 13 on the weekend.

Following Weir’s duo the other heaviest weighted Toorak hopes in 2015 are Leebaz (56kg) for Team Hawkes who has a solid mile record (6-3-1-0) and the Chris Waller-trained Strawberry Boy (56kg) drawn out wide in gate 16 on the back of his brave fourth in the Sir Rupert Clarke.

Strawberry Boy has the unfavourable barrier to overcome this weekend, but was defeated under a length in the Group 1 lead-up and is a gun at the 1600m boasting four wins and a third from six previous attempts at the distance.

Waller has also accepted for two other widely-drawn chances with his recent Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) winning mare Amicus (17) out to atone for her 16th (of 18 runners) in the Sir Rupert Clarke and Flamingo Star (14) who comes off a Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) fourth at Rosehill from last September.

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2015 Toorak Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 7 (4:30pm) – 10/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 212x167x46 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Glen Boss 4 58kg 109
2 2x2332x731 STRATUM STAR Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 57kg 107
3 x630210x09 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Winks 12 56kg 105
4 32x5611x44 STRAWBERRY BOY Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 16 56kg 105
5 x127202x36 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Blake Shinn 5 55.5kg 104
6 7318040×00 PUCCINI (NZ) Peter & Jacob McKay Ben Melham 3 55.5kg 104
7 1122x24x12 DISPOSITION Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 7 55kg 103
8 x331231441 KENJORWOOD Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 9 55kg 103
9 x94460x110 AMICUS Chris Waller Craig Newitt 17 54.5kg 106
10 411x82x094 FLAMINGO STAR (GER) Chris Waller TBA 14 54.5kg 102
11 4x2111x507 HI WORLD Peter G Moody Kerrin McEvoy 13 54.5kg 102
12 14x12358x0 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote Glen Colless 1 54kg 101
13 1324x113x0 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Robert Smerdon Michael Walker 6 54kg 105
14 112789×272 JACQUINOT BAY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Chris Parnham 18 53.5kg 100
15 4004361×18 ABIDEWITHME (NZ) Peter G Moody Patrick Moloney (a) 11 52kg 99
16 745x458x29 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher Luke Currie 15 52kg 97
17 1x59504x97 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) Michael Moroney Daniel Moor 10 52kg 96
18 10x045x933 MOONOVERMANHATTAN Mick Price Michael Dee (a) 8 52kg 92

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