Awesome Rock Tops 2016 Toorak Handicap Nominations & Weights

The Leon & Troy Corstens-trained Awesome Rock is allocated the top weight of the 15 nominations taken by Racing Victoria on Monday for this weekend’s Toorak Handicap 2016 at Caulfield Racecourse.

Awesome Rock

Awesome Rock is allocated top weight for the 2016 Toorak Handicap this Saturday in Melbourne. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Winner of the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley two back, Fastnet Rock five-year-old Awesome Rock is out to improve on his fifth to Black Heart Bart on September 24 in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).

He carried 59kg that day and was beaten 3.55 lengths, the stallion heading the weights with 58kg for this Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) on Caulfield Guineas Day.

Four of the past six Toorak Handicap winners carried 58kg to victory including Lucky Hussler (2015) last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The second heaviest weighted of this year’s Toorak Handicap nominations is the Darren Weir-trained Japanese import Tosen Stardom (57.5kg).

Weir has won the past two Toorak Handicaps on the trot with Trust In A Gust (2014) before the aforementioned Lucky Hussler 12 months ago.

Deep Impact six-year-old Tosen Stardom is yet to race at Caulfield, but his first-up fourth in the Dato’ when under three lengths off Awesome Rock back on September 3 was impressive.

Pre-field Toorak Handicap odds at on the early entries have Tosen Stardom as the $4.50 all-in favourite to improve off the month freshen-up.

Weir has also nominated for Royal Rapture who is in flying form coming off five consecutive wins.

Paying $11 in futures Toorak Handicap betting to keep the winning streak going on Saturday, the seven-year-old son of Clangalang is up notably in class if accepted, not having raced in Group company in the past year.

The other best fancied of the entries for the win pre-field are He’s Our Rokkii ($5) and Bon Aurum ($6), both also last-start winners.

Lindsay Park trained Roc De Cambes four-year-old He’s Our Rokkii who has won four straight dating back to early April, including successive 1400m Caulfield victories over the past month.

The latest saw the gelding carrying 58.5kg to a 3.25 length win on September 17, the drop right back to 55kg this weekend if accepted into the Toorak Handicap field to suit.

Bon Aurum (56kg) represents Ciaron Maher, the Bon Hoffa four-year-old coming off the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at the track a fortnight back carrying only 52kg.

The past four Toorak Handicap winners were all Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes gradates, with the last to complete the double being Trust In A Gust two years ago.

Other notable nominees include the Chris Waller-trained Redoute’s Choice stallion Counterattack looking to improve on the sixth in the Sir Rupert Clarke, Underwood Stakes runner-up He Or She and the Tim Martin-trained Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) winner in Sydney on September 24 Moral Victory.

See below for the full Toorak Handicap 2016 nominations and weights, the final field and barriers set for release on Wednesday.

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2016 Toorak Handicap Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 08/10/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1x0420x015 AWESOME ROCK H 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 1 58kg 109
2 x0x51709x4 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 2 57.5kg 108
3 5x2018x732 HE OR SHE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 3 57kg 107
4 19x960x311 BON AURUM H 4 Ciaron Maher 4 56kg 105
5 0x3419x103 MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 6 Danny O’Brien 5 54kg 105
6 8x41211x11 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 6 55kg 103
7 4321711111 ROYAL RAPTURE G 7 Darren Weir 7 55kg 103
8 75×1182844 JACQUINOT BAY G 9 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 55kg 103
9 3x35217x26 COUNTERATTACK H 4 Chris Waller 9 54.5kg 102
10 7x3x12x683 COSMIC CUBE (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 10 53kg 99
11 53x110x224 THAMES COURT M 4 David Brideoake 11 52kg 98
12 108x461x26 TIVACI H 4 Michael Moroney 12 52kg 97
13 4000707116 GREAT ESTEEM G 6 Stuart Webb 13 52kg 97
14 524536×511 MORAL VICTORY G 7 Tim Martin 14 52kg 97
15 9730x8011x COLDSTONE (FR) G 5 Michael Kent 15 52kg 85


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