Bill Ritchie Handicap

The 2016 Bill Ritchie Handicap is a Group 3 event held at Royal Randwick.

Bill Ritchie Handicap News

37 In 2016 Epsom Handicap Nominations

37 In 2016 Epsom Handicap Nominations

The 2016 Epsom Handicap nominations have been released and 37 horses are in contention for the Group 1 event that will be held at Royal Randwick on October 1.

Palentino and Black Heart Bart have both been included in the 2016 Epsom Handicap nominations. Photo by: Ultimate Racing Photos

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The 2016 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 $125,000, 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 five other black-type events. These include the Group 1 George Main Stakes; three Group 2 events, the Hill Stakes, The Shorts, and the Tea Rose Stakes; and listed event the Heritage Stakes.

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 2016 will be run on Saturday September 17th, 2016.

2016 Bill Ritchie Handicap
Date: September 17th, 2016, 2016
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO&UP Quality
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $125,000

2016 Bill Ritchie Handicap Field

The 2016 Bill Ritchie Handicap field was released on Wednesday September 14th along with the barrier draw,the race attracting 12 final acceptors including four from the star Sydney stables of Chris Waller.

See below for the official 2016 Bill Ritchie Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw along with the latest Bill Ritchie Handicap odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au.

2016 Bill Ritchie Handicap Nominations

The 2016 Bill Ritchie Handicap nominations were released by Racing NSW on Monday September 12 and feature 19 hopefuls including Happy Clapper and Le Romain.

Check out the full 2016 Bill Ritchie Handicap nominations now.

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
2017
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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