2021 Toorak Handicap Field & Odds: I’m Thunderstruck Set To Strike

October 7, 2021

2021 Toorak Handicap Field & Odds: I’m Thunderstruck Set To Strike

Progressive Shocking four-year-old I’m Thunderstruck is tipped to take home a Group 1 win at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday sitting top of the odds for the Toorak Handicap 2021.

I'm Thunderstruck (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

I’m Thunderstruck is tipped to take out the 2021 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

A quality line-up of 14 milers is engaged in this weekend’s Group 1 $1 million Toorak Handicap (1600m) as part of Caulfield Guineas Day and the money is on the lightly-raced Mick Price and Michael Kent Junior-trained I’m Thunderstruck.

The horse is four from seven to date and was excellent first-up at the track on September 18 when only a half-length third in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).

He did it tough from barrier 16 of 16 that run and is drawn to get an easier go of it stepping up to a mile in the Toorak from gate four with Jye McNeil retaining the ride.

Remaining on just 52kg, I’m Thunderstruck is well-weighted and presents fitter second-up making him a deserving favourite in the markets at $2.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

The two runners that narrowly beat him home in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes trifecta are also acceptors for the rematch in the Toorak with the winner Sierra Sue and runner-up Dice Roll paying $11 and $9.50 respectively.

Trust In A Gust (2014) was the last horse to complete the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes – Toorak Handicap double that Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young’s consistent Darci Brahma mare Sierra Sue is at double-figures to repeat this spring.

Sierra Sue is out to do the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes – Toorak Handicap double for the first time since Trust In A Gust (2014)

Two from three at Caulfield thanks to her wins in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes and Sir Rupert Clarke this campaign, the five-year-old is going very well but will need to be good rising from just 52.5kg last time out to 56kg on Saturday after her Group 1 success.

The Nick Ryan-trained Dice Roll meanwhile was good fresh at big odds ridden by Fred Kersley in the Sir Rupert, the galloper going up from 52k to 53.5kg this Saturday with the same hoop from barrier one.

Following I’m Thunderstruck in the markets at current Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes odds of $5.50 meanwhile is the up-and-coming Elephant from the Kiwi stables of Emma-Lee and David Browne.

A winner of six of his seven starts, the fellow son of Shocking won first-up down under in mid-August at Caulfield before being narrowly denied the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence when going down to Sierra Sue in a photo finish.

He then went to Sandown on Underwood Stakes Day and won the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) carrying 58.5kg as the short-priced favourite.

Saturday’s assignment is no doubt tougher, but he will relish the mile and drops to 55.5kg with Damian Lane in the saddle from a favourable barrier five draw.

Other notable Toorak Handicap hopefuls this year include Michael Moroney’s talented top-weight Tofane ($10) who completed the Stradbroke – Tiara double in Brisbane over the winter, recent Feehan Stakes winner Superstorm ($13) in a strong vein of form after a third to Zaaki in the Underwood and the consistent Adelaide raider Second Slip ($16) with Linda Meech riding from gate two.

Click here for the latest Toorak Handicap 2021 betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Toorak Handicap Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 97x7211x34 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 3 58kg 115
2 x90736x413 SUPERSTORM Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 10 56.5kg 108
3 7×06041171 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 11 56kg 111
4 1x111x121 ELEPHANT (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Damian Lane 5 55.5kg 106
5 57x0140x95 LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 13 54kg 103
6 x0x11143x2 DICE ROLL (FR) Nick Ryan Fred Kersley 1 53.5kg 102
7 14x3640x13 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams Michael Dee 14 53kg 101
8 3312133×03 QUANTUM MECHANIC Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 6 52.5kg 104
9 2x229x0446 AYSAR Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 7 52kg 99
10 11x5823x30 IRISH FLAME (NZ) Brett Scott Matthew Cartwright (a) 12 52kg 99
11 15×13113 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 4 52kg 96
12 81×9312111 SO YOU ASSUME Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 9 52kg 96
13 x11125x112 SECOND SLIP (NZ) Will Clarken Ms Linda Meech 2 52kg 91
14 615x0485x3 EMBOLISM Danny O’Brien Damien Thornton 8 52kg 80

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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