Standish Handicap

The 2015 Standish Handicap is a Group 3 race held at Flemington Racecourse.

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Standish Winner Durendal Targets 2016 Australia Stakes

Standish Winner Durendal Targets 2016 Australia Stakes

Moonee Valley’s Australia Stakes 2016 later this month is shaping up as the most likely next-up target for the flying Durendal who took out the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day.

Standish Handicap winner Durendal could target the 2016 Australia Stakes in Group 2 company at Moonee Valley on January 23. Photo: Ultimate Racing ...

The 2015 Standish Handicap is a 1200m sprint that takes place at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on New Year’s Day.

It is held under handicap conditions and pays $200,000 prize money. As a Group 3 event, it attracts some fairly decent talent.

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 late 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 2015 Standish Handicap will be run on January 1st.

Standish Handicap 2015
Date: January 1st, 2015
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2015 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 2015 Standish Handicap field is provided here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 64532610×1 REPARATIONS Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 2 59kg 102
2 x1x9034x66 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen Damien Oliver 11 58.5kg 101
3 11211×6687 AMORINO Archie Alexander Steven Arnold 1 58kg 100
4 350x24055x BLACKIE (NZ) Jarrod McLean Nicholas Hall 7 57.5kg 99
5 0x21144x42 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Noel Callow 4 57.5kg 99
6 2x207xD041 WHITLAM Danielle Wilson Darren Gauci 3 55.5kg 95
7 4x410x0029 OFFICE BEARER Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 8 55kg 94
8 x224152726 SOLSAY Michael Kent Ms Jackie Beriman (a) 6 54kg 92
9 3135573×08 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien Stephen Baster 10 54kg 90
10 x8770x909x FUTURE SOLUTION Kane Harris Glen Boss 9 54kg 86
11 x7585x0084 MISTER MILTON Norman Waymouth Craig Williams 5 54kg 84

2015 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 2015 Standish Handicap nominations are published below.

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 REPARATIONS Lee & Anthony Freedman 1 59kg 102
2 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen 2 58.5kg 101
3 AMORINO Archie Alexander 3 58kg 100
4 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing 4 57.5kg 99
5 BLACKIE (NZ) Jarrod McLean 5 57.5kg 99
6 WHITLAM Danielle Wilson 6 55.5kg 95
7 OFFICE BEARER Peter G Moody 7 55kg 94
8 SOLSAY Michael Kent 8 54kg 92
9 THE THIEF Stephen Brown 9 54kg 90
10 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien 10 54kg 90
11 THERMAL CURRENT Peter G Moody 11 54kg 89
12 FUTURE SOLUTION Kane Harris 12 54kg 86
13 THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths 13 54kg 85
14 MISTER MILTON Norman Waymouth 14 54kg 84
15 MANNOPOLY Symon Wilde 15 54kg 84
16 PETRIFY Amy Johnston 16 54kg 81
17 BOOMWAA Robbie Laing 17 54kg 78
18 SEARCH SQUAD (NZ) Doug Harrison 18 54kg 76
19 SCARLET BILLOWS Darren Weir 19 54kg 73

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

Year Place Horse Time
Standish Handicap
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Standish Handicap
1st Durendal 1 minute 9.4 seconds
2nd Zupacharged
3rd Churchill Dancer
Standish Handicap
1st Decircles 1 minute 9.1 seconds
2nd Lord Of The Sky
3rd Reparations
Standish Handicap
1st Flamberge 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Essay Raider
3rd Decircles
Standish Handicap
1st Adamantium 1 minute 8.2 seconds
2nd Catapulted
3rd Goldstone
Standish Handicap
1st Catapulted 1 minute 7.6 seconds
=2nd Rocking Force
=2nd Cascabel
Standish Handicap
1st Ahdashim 1 minute 9.1 seconds
2nd Chasm
3rd Eclair Mystic
Standish Handicap
1st Royal Ida 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Beltrois
3rd Juggle The Books
Standish Handicap
1st King Hoaks 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Bowhunter
3rd Orbit Express
Standish Handicap
1st Publishing 1 minute 9.3 seconds
2nd Eskaw
3rd Pencelaron
Standish Handicap
1st Watchyerback 1 minute 9.0 seconds
2nd Murray Downs
3rd Cocinero
Standish Handicap
1st Honalee 1 minute 3.4 seconds
2nd Gold Wells
3rd Starhere
Standish Handicap
1st Super Impressive 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Blessum
3rd Savage Attack
Standish Handicap
1st Blessum 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd Monahan Tweed
3rd Super Impressive
Standish Handicap
1st Super Impressive 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Confederate Kid
3rd The Expat
Standish Handicap
1st Lets Planet 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Chattanooga
3rd Generalissimo
Standish Handicap
1st Iglesia 1 minute 7.1 seconds
2nd Sedation
3rd Major
Standish Handicap
1st Upright 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Rain Dance Lady
3rd Bush Outlaw