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The Standish Handicap is a Group 3 sprint race held at Flemington Racecourse on New Year's Day each summer.

2018 Standish Handicap Results

  • 1st: #1 Lord Of The Sky
  • 2nd: #3 Flippant
  • 3rd: #4 Chamois Road



The 2018 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 summer 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 2018 Standish Handicap ran on Monday January 1, 2018 and was won by Robbie Laing’s comeback galloper Lord Of The Sky.

Standish Handicap 2018
Date: Monday January 1, 2018
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2018 Standish Handicap Results

  • 1st: #1 Lord Of The Sky
  • 2nd: #3 Flippant
  • 3rd: #4 Chamois Road

See below for the official Standish Handicap 2018 Results & Finishing Order, the New Year’s Day sprint won in an upset by the Robbie Laing-trained equal 59kg topweight Lord Of The Sky ($16) who recently came out of retirement. Lord Of The Sky just beat home the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained mare Flippant ($5), with Chamois Road ($6) rounding out the trifecta in third.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 1 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 8 59kg $16
2 3 FLIPPANT Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 0.1L 10 56kg $5
3 4 CHAMOIS ROAD Patrick Payne Michael Dee 1.85L 9 54.5kg $6
4 2 TSHAHITSI Chris Crook & Imogen Miller Brendon McCoull 1.95L 11 59kg $7.50
5 7 DIAMOND OASIS Patrick Starr Jamie Kah 2.05L 5 54kg $41
6 11 TOY BOY Greg Eurell Ms Nikita Beriman 3.8L 1 54kg $4F
7 13 SEARCH SQUAD (NZ) Doug Harrison Craig Williams 4.3L 2 54kg $31
8 9 MISS WONDERLAND David Brideoake Ms Linda Meech 4.7L 7 54kg $6
9 6 SETINUM Shane Fliedner Cory Parish 5L 4 54kg $61
10 10 HOKKAIDO Craig Blackshaw Stephen Baster 5.2L 13 54kg $51
11 12 I’M TELLING YA Amy Johnston Damian Lane 5.5L 12 54kg $11
12 5 DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) Robbie Laing Kevin Forrester 5.9L 6 54kg $151
SB 8 ADIRONDACK Shawn Mathrick Dwayne Dunn 3 54kg

2018 Standish Handicap Betting Odds

The latest available Standish Handicap 2018 odds will be listed below, pricing open at Ladbrokes.com.au where you can lock in your Standish Handicap betting tips on New Year’s Day at the hottest summer racing prices.

2018 Standish Handicap Field

The Standish Handicap field attracts a quality line-up of summer sprinters each January, many coming off a lead-up run at the Flemington track and the bulk of which progress onto the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival sprint races later in the year.

The 2018 Standish Handicap field and barriers are set for release the week before the race and will be provided in full below  as soon as made available by Racing Victoria. The announcement date for the Standish Handicap final acceptances changes from year to year, due to the fact that the race runs on New Years Day rather than a specific week day.

The official Standish Handicap 2018 Final Field attracted 13 sprinters including returning Tasmanian raider Tshahitsi who is a bit of a Flemington track specialist, as well as the progressive Greg Eurell-trained four-year-old Toy Boy chasing a third win on the trot from the inside alley.

Read more on the 2018 Standish Handicap Field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 00x415x66x LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 8 59kg 102
2 58x591131x TSHAHITSI Chris Crook & Imogen Miller Brendon McCoull 11 59kg 102
3 x0533x536x FLIPPANT Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 10 56kg 100
4 2311222172 CHAMOIS ROAD Patrick Payne TBA 9 54.5kg 93
5 060618023x DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) Robbie Laing Kevin Forrester 6 54kg 91
6 8493x000x9 SETINUM Shane Fliedner Cory Parish 4 54kg 85
7 58x5x45789 DIAMOND OASIS Patrick Starr Jamie Kah 5 54kg 83
8 7x3022090x ADIRONDACK Shawn Mathrick Dwayne Dunn 3 54kg 80
9 1x3127x1 MISS WONDERLAND David Brideoake Ms Linda Meech 7 54kg 79
10 221667×159 HOKKAIDO Craig Blackshaw Stephen Baster 13 54kg 77
11 128×3211 TOY BOY Greg Eurell Ms Nikita Beriman 1 54kg 75
12 5253182179 I’M TELLING YA Amy Johnston Damian Lane 12 54kg 72
13 210×509465 SEARCH SQUAD (NZ) Doug Harrison Craig Williams 2 54kg 69

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 Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Standish Handicap
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Standish Handicap
1st Lord Of The Sky 1 minute 8.98 seconds
2nd Flippant
3rd Chamois Road
2017
Standish Handicap
1st Odyssey Moon 1 minute 10.54 seconds
2nd Cavaloce
3rd Inspector
2016
Standish Handicap
1st Durendal 1 minute 9.4 seconds
2nd Zupacharged
3rd Churchill Dancer
2015
Standish Handicap
1st Decircles 1 minute 9.1 seconds
2nd Lord Of The Sky
3rd Reparations
2014
Standish Handicap
1st Flamberge 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Essay Raider
3rd Decircles
2013
Standish Handicap
1st Adamantium 1 minute 8.2 seconds
2nd Catapulted
3rd Goldstone
2012
Standish Handicap
1st Catapulted 1 minute 7.6 seconds
=2nd Rocking Force
=2nd Cascabel
2011
Standish Handicap
1st Ahdashim 1 minute 9.1 seconds
2nd Chasm
3rd Eclair Mystic
2010
Standish Handicap
1st Royal Ida 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Beltrois
3rd Juggle The Books
2009
Standish Handicap
1st King Hoaks 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Bowhunter
3rd Orbit Express
2008
Standish Handicap
1st Publishing 1 minute 9.3 seconds
2nd Eskaw
3rd Pencelaron
2007
Standish Handicap
1st Watchyerback 1 minute 9.0 seconds
2nd Murray Downs
3rd Cocinero
2006
Standish Handicap
1st Honalee 1 minute 3.4 seconds
2nd Gold Wells
3rd Starhere
2005
Standish Handicap
1st Super Impressive 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Blessum
3rd Savage Attack
2004
Standish Handicap
1st Blessum 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd Monahan Tweed
3rd Super Impressive
2003
Standish Handicap
1st Super Impressive 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Confederate Kid
3rd The Expat
2002
Standish Handicap
1st Lets Planet 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Chattanooga
3rd Generalissimo
2001
Standish Handicap
1st Iglesia 1 minute 7.1 seconds
2nd Sedation
3rd Major
2000
Standish Handicap
1st Upright 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Rain Dance Lady
3rd Bush Outlaw

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