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The Bill Ritchie Handicap is a Group 3 event held at Royal Randwick on George Main Stakes Day each September and offers an Epsom Handicap ballot exemption to the winner.

2017 Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

  • 1st: #7 Comin' Through
  • 2nd: #3 Tom Melbourne
  • 3rd: #4 Burnign Passion



The Bill Ritchie Handicap is a Group 3 middle-distance sprint held at Royal Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Raced over 1400m, the Bill Ritchie Handicap is an exciting sprinting test that is open to contention for both sprinters and milers held in mid-September.

The Bill Ritchie Handicap is run under quality handicap conditions and is open to horses aged three years and older. With prize money of $150,000, the Bill Ritchie Handicap is a lucrative Group 3 event that is regularly targeted by decent handicappers.

Held on George Main Stakes Day, the Bill Ritchie Handicap shares the race program with a host of other black-type events. These include the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) for the spring’s top sprinters.

The winner of the Bill Ritchie Handicap gains ballot exemption for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m). As a result, trainers tend to target it as part of their spring campaign. This also means that the Bill Ritchie Handicap gets considerable attention from punters attempting to get an early line on form.

Some of the better lead up races to the Bill Ritchie Handicap include the Group 3 Cameron Handicap, the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes or the Group 2 Tramway Stakes.

The Bill Ritchie Handicap 2017 ran on Saturday September 16, 2017.

2017 Bill Ritchie Handicap
Date: September 16, 2017
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO&UP Quality
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2017 Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

  • 1st: #7 Comin’ Through
  • 2nd: #3 Tom Melbourne
  • 3rd: #4 Burning Passion

See below for the full Bill Ritchie Handicap 2017 Results & Finishing Order, following the link for the complete race review and the win by Epsom Handicap-bound Comin’ Through who saluted narrowly for the punters holding off stablemate Tom Melbourne in a tight finish.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 7 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Michael Walker 6 53kg $2.30F
2 3 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 0.2L 3 57kg $3.20
3 4 BURNING PASSION Mark Newnham Tim Clark 0.3L 7 56kg $5.50
4 6 PAJARO (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins (a) 0.5L 4 54.5kg $61
5 9 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings Jeff Penza 2.4L 2 53kg $11
6 8 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 2.9L 5 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $14
7 2 HAVANA COOLER (IRE) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 7.9L 1 57kg $41
1 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0
5 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) James Cummings Corey Brown 0

2017 Bill Ritchie Handicap Odds

The season’s best Bill Ritchie Handicap 2017 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week of the race.

2017 Bill Ritchie Handicap Field

The 2017 Bill Ritchie Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw will be provided in full below once acceptances are taken on the Wednesday leading-up to George Main Stakes Day.

The official Bill Ritchie Handicap 2017 Field is now out with eight of the original nine final acceptors still in the mix following the decision by trainer Chris Waller to scratch McCreery from the race in favour of a run against superstar stablemate Winx in the George Main Stakes at the meeting.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2x156495x8 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 8 58.5kg 106
2 33x1333x0x HAVANA COOLER (IRE) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 1 57kg 103
3 23x6905x22 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 4 57kg 103
4 2141×51153 BURNING PASSION Mark Newnham Tim Clark 9 56kg 101
5 433x1106x7 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) James Cummings Corey Brown 3 55.5kg 100
6 x460x4834x PAJARO (NZ) Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins (a) 5 54.5kg 98
7 121x5338x1 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Michael Walker 7 53kg 95
8 111x62745x NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 6 53kg 94
9 2x53526x42 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings Jeff Penza 2 53kg 87

2017 Bill Ritchie Handicap Nominations

The 2017 Bill Ritchie Handicap nominations are released by Racing NSW on the Monday of race week.

This year the Bill Ritchie Handicap 2017 drew 19 nominations led by Chris Waller’s smart mare Foxplay who is allocated 59.5kg but who is more likely to clash with star stablemate Winx in the George Main Stakes on the day.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 14x24141x2 FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller 1 59.5kg 112
2 1541112×13 INVINCIBLE GEM M 4 Kris Lees 2 57.5kg 108
3 2x156495x8 MCCREERY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 3 58.5kg 106
4 x23292490x DIBAYANI (IRE) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4= 57kg 103
5 33x1333x0x HAVANA COOLER (IRE) G 8 James Cummings 4= 57kg 103
6 x13540x0x6 MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 4= 57kg 103
7 23x6905x22 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 4= 57kg 103
8 2141×51153 BURNING PASSION G 6 Mark Newnham 8 56kg 101
9 433x1106x7 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) H 5 James Cummings 9 55.5kg 100
10 x460x4834x PAJARO (NZ) G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 10 54.5kg 98
11 121x5338x1 COMIN’ THROUGH H 4 Chris Waller 11 53kg 95
12 111x62745x NEW TIPPERARY G 5 Joseph Pride 12 53kg 94
13 37x0x4211x FAROLITOS G 6 James Cummings 13 53kg 91
14 5111619×2 DAWN WALL M 4 Chris Waller 14= 53kg 90
15 00x95109x8 LUNAR RISE G 8 John Sargent 14= 53kg 90
16 01x1118x5 MY NORDIC HERO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 14= 53kg 90
17 2x53526x42 NO DOUBT H 5 Anthony & Edward Cummings 17 53kg 87
18 6x931422x6 PERFECT RHYME M 4 Ron Leemon 18 53kg 85
19 0x41212x22 THEANSWERMYFRIEND G 4 Robert Smerdon 19 53kg 79

Bill Ritchie Handicap History

The Bill Ritchie Handicap was inaugurated in 1978, with Go Mod taking out the first edition of the race. Since then, the Bill Ritchie Handicap has attracted quality fields annually, particularly with the ballot exemption on offer for the Epsom Handicap.

The Bill Ritchie Handicap is named after New South Wales thoroughbred breeder and shoe magnate Bill Ritchie. Bill’s daughter and film producer Julia Ritchie remains heavily involved in thoroughbred owning, training, breeding and racing. Jill was also the first woman to be inducted into the Australian Jockey Club committee and in 2011 was elected to director of NSWROA (NSW Racehorse Owners Association).

The Bill Ritchie Handicap has almost always been held at Royal Randwick, although in 2011 it was held at Rosehill. The Bill Ritchie Handicap was upgraded to Group 3 in 1998, a status it has held since.

Notable Bill Ritchie Handicap winners include Brave Prince (1999), Coalesce (2006) and Boban (2013). Bill Ritchie Handicap results since 2000 are listed below.

Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Comin’ Through 1 minute 21.67 seconds
2nd Tom Melbourne
3rd Burning Passion
2016
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Sons Of John 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Torgersen
3rd Federal
2015
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Sadler’s Lake 1 minute 24.79 seconds
2nd Rudy
3rd Heart Testa
2014
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Manawanui 1 minute 21.8 seconds
2nd Rock Sturdy
3rd Tougher Than Ever
2013
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Boban 1 minute 21.8 seconds
2nd Beltone
3rd Choice Bro
2012
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Steps In Time 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Said Com
3rd Wild And Proud
2011
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Thankgodyou’rehere 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Startsmeup
3rd Miss Keepsake
2010
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Drumbeats 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Kenny’s World
3rd Captain Sonador
2009
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st McClintock 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Walking Or Dancing
3rd Faulconbridge
2008
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Judged 1 minute 23.1 seconds
2nd Rockwood
3rd Kiloton
2007
Bill Ritchie Handicap
Race Not Held  
2006
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Coalesce 1 minute 21.6 seconds
2nd New Edge
3rd Flaming
2005
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Flaming 1 minute 21.3 seconds
2nd Devil
3rd Messiaen
2004
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Osca Warrior 1 minute 21.7 seconds
2nd Utzon
3rd In A Bound
2003
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Zabarra 1 minute 22.6 seconds
2nd Britt’s Best
3rd Forum Floozie
2002
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Zabarra 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd This Manshood
3rd Swiss Echo
2001
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Fouardee 1 minute 21.7 seconds
2nd Defier
3rd Adamantly
2000
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Landsighting 1 minute 21.7 seconds
2nd Tie The Knot
3rd Valuate

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