The 2017 Standish Handicap is a 1200m sprint that takes place at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on New Year’s Day each summer.
It is held under handicap conditions and pays $150,000 in prize money. As a Group 3 event, it attracts some fairly decent talent looking for an off-season Black-Type to either round out their spring or kick off their autumn.
While only a Group 3 event, occupying the New Year’s Day slot adds a certain level of prestige to the race. It also makes it important event for some horses who are gearing up for some of the few January races or the early Autumn Racing Carnival. However, many of the top sprinters in Melbourne are usually in the paddock around this time.
The Standish Handicap is held down the “straight six”, which is the Flemington straight (six furlongs long).
The 2017 Standish Handicap will be run on January 1st.
|Standish Handicap 2017|
|Date:||January 1st, 2017|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
2017 Standish Handicap Field
The Standish Handicap field attracts a reasonably talented selection of sprinters each year. As an open handicap, many of the horses in the Standish Handicap field are a bit older and have had plenty of racing experience. This makes the Standish Handicap field quite competitive, while also giving punters plenty of form to look to.
The 2017 Standish Handicap field will be released the week of the race and published below along with the latest Standish Handicap odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au.
2017 Standish Handicap Nominations
The Standish Handicap nominations are usually announced a bit less than a week prior to the race. The announcement date for the Standish Handicap nominations changes from year to year, due to the fact that the race runs on New Years Day rather than a specific week day.
The 2017 Standish Handicap nominations will be provided below as soon as made available by Racing Victoria.
Standish Handicap History
The Standish Handicap was inaugurated in 1884. This makes it one of the older races in Australia.
It is named after Captain Frederick Standish. He was a former VRC Chairman and also held the position of Victorian Chief Commissioner of police during the period that Ned Kelly was galloping around the scrub bushrangering. Fred Standish passed away in 1883.
Between 1884 and 1972 the Standish Handicap was held over six furlongs. Following the conversion to metric, it was held over 1200m, right up until 2006. In that year it was held over 1100m. Since 2007 it has been raced over 1200m.
In 1997 for a year the race was held at Moonee Valley. Caulfield Racecourse hosted it in 2006.
Prior to 1979, it was a Principal race, and since then it has held Group 3 status.
Notable Standish Handicap winners include Barefoot (1892), Miss Bobby (1907, 08), Press Gang (1935), Ungar (1950, 51), Scarborough Fair (1972), Redelva (1988), Iglesia (2001), Super Impressive (2003, 05) and Flamberge (2014). Standish Handicap results, place getters and winning times since 2000 are provided below.
Standish Handicap Results
|1st||Durendal||1 minute 9.4 seconds|
|1st||Decircles||1 minute 9.1 seconds|
|2nd||Lord Of The Sky|
|1st||Flamberge||1 minute 9.9 seconds|
|1st||Adamantium||1 minute 8.2 seconds|
|1st||Catapulted||1 minute 7.6 seconds|
|1st||Ahdashim||1 minute 9.1 seconds|
|1st||Royal Ida||1 minute 11.1 seconds|
|3rd||Juggle The Books|
|1st||King Hoaks||1 minute 10.3 seconds|
|1st||Publishing||1 minute 9.3 seconds|
|1st||Watchyerback||1 minute 9.0 seconds|
|1st||Honalee||1 minute 3.4 seconds|
|1st||Super Impressive||1 minute 9.8 seconds|
|1st||Blessum||1 minute 9.2 seconds|
|1st||Super Impressive||1 minute 10.3 seconds|
|1st||Lets Planet||1 minute 9.7 seconds|
|1st||Iglesia||1 minute 7.1 seconds|
|1st||Upright||1 minute 9.6 seconds|
|2nd||Rain Dance Lady|