Toorak Handicap 2017 Field Features 4 For Waller

October 11, 2017

Toorak Handicap 2017 Field Features 4 For Waller

Winx trainer Chris Waller saddles-up four livewire chances in a capacity 2017 Toorak Handicap field this weekend at Caulfield Racecourse.

Tom Melbourne

Epsom Handicap runner-up Tom Melbourne is one of four Chris Waller-trained mares in the 2017 Toorak Handicap field at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Scheduled as the penultimate event on the 10 race card for Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day, this season’s Group 1 $500,000 Toorak Handicap (1600m) has 18 confirmed runners plus a sole emergency in Mask Of Time (1) from the British stables of Hugo Palmer.

Waller chases his first Toorak Handicap success this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and has a strong line-up of in-form stablemates set for the mile feature.

After missing out on a run in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) back home at Randwick on September 30 due to eye irritation, Sebring mare Egg Tart has her rescheduled Group 1 mile run this weekend in Melbourne.

Winner of the Schweppes Oaks – Queensland Oaks double last season as a three-year-old filly, Egg Tart returned on September 9 running a distant four lengths back for second behind Deploy in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m).

She is set to improve getting out over more metres second-up and is undefeated over the 1600m (2-2-0-0).

Egg Tart has Damien Oliver aboard and will start from barrier eight if the emergency fails to run.

Waller didn’t win the Epsom Handicap in 2017, but he did prepare second past the post with his import Tom Melbourne who backs-up at Caulfield.

The seven-year-old has raced at the track five times for two seconds and is a perennial runner-up who just doesn’t seem to know how to win.

In his four runs this prep Tom Melbourne has placed second ever time and goes up from 52kg in the Epsom to a more testing 55kg with a wide barrier 15 gate to boot on Saturday.

Waller’s two other Toorak Handicap horses are Comin’ Through (53.5kg) who won the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap two back before his Epsom sixth and four-year-old High Chaparral mare Omei Sword (52kg) drawn in barriers four and five respectively.

Omei Sword was last seen running an improved third when just over a length off the winner Daysee Doom and runner-up Dixie Blossoms in the Group 2 Golden Pendant Stakes (1400m).

Those two Ron Quinton-trained mares went on to run the quinella again, but in reverse order, last Saturday in Randwick’s Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m) and Omei Sword will relish a five kilo drop in weight from her last start.

Last year’s Toorak Handicap winning stable, Lindsay Park, dominate the race numbers-wise this year looking to prepare back-to-back winners in the event.

It is a trend that has held in the past half a decade with Solzhenitsyn (2012-13) winning successive editions for Robert Heathcote before Darren Weir enjoyed two wins on the trot with Trust In A Gust (2014) and Lucky Hussler (2015).

The six-horse David Hayes-led Lindsay Park contingent is made up of: Seaburge, He Or She, Petrology, Jaquinot Bay, Sovereign Nation and Snitzon.

Of those the most likely to salute is Snitzon coming off a third to Happy Clapper in the Epsom Handicap.

Other key Toorak Handicap runners this spring include the Weir-trained top weight Tosen Stardom (57.5kg), Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes third placegetter So Si Bon (52kg) in the outside barrier and last start Group 2 Stocks Stakes winning mare I Am A Star (54.5kg).

See below for the full Toorak Handicap 2017 field, barriers, jockeys and weights with updated markets set to open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Toorak Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 9 (5:10pm) – 14/10/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 9x4x22x536 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Damian Lane 16 57.5kg 109
2 x37x525272 KASPERSKY (IRE) Jane Chapple-Hyam Luke Nolen 3 56kg 106
3 282x060x00 SEABURGE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 12 55kg 104
4 x6905x2222 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Glen Boss 15 55kg 104
5 590x160x60 HE OR SHE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 18 54.5kg 103
6 71183×4771 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Ben Melham 14 54.5kg 107
7 18x3010x36 TURNITAROUND Matthew Williams Ben Thompson (a) 2 54.5kg 103
8 1x5338x116 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Michael Walker 4 53.5kg 101
9 31x11111x2 EGG TART Chris Waller Damien Oliver 9 53.5kg 105
10 413311×122 MR SNEAKY Anthony Freedman Dean Yendall 8 52.5kg 99
11 x12x27x563 OMEI SWORD Chris Waller Stephen Baster 5 52kg 102
12 14173×5463 SNITZSON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 10 52kg 98
13 4030×22833 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Craig Newitt 19 52kg 97
14 3276×15314 SOVEREIGN NATION David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Beau Mertens (a) 17 52kg 97
15 41212×2215 THEANSWERMYFRIEND Robert Smerdon Michael Dee 6 52kg 96
16 x683219838 PETROLOGY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Chris Parnham 13 52kg 93
17 8940534433 JACQUINOT BAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ben Allen (a) 11 52kg 92
18 53510×6822 WYNDSPELLE (NZ) Michael Kent TBA 7 52kg 92
19e 4x3131456x MASK OF TIME (IRE) Hugo Palmer TBA 1 52kg 91

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