2022 Toorak Handicap Results: Tuvalu Wins On Way to Railway

October 8, 2022

2022 Toorak Handicap Results: Tuvalu Wins On Way to Railway

The Lindsey Smith-trained Tuvalu broke through with a well-deserved Group 1 win in the 2022 Toorak Handicap results in Melbourne on way to a potential Railway Stakes assignment in Perth this summer.

Tuvalu | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Races.com.au

Tuvalu posted a well-earned Group 1 win in the 2022 Toorak Handicap results on Caulfield Guineas Day. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The always-honest Kermadec five-year-old continued his rich vein of form and strong record at a mile backing up from a close third in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) to win this year’s Group 1 $1 million Toorak Handicap (1600m) on Caulfield Guineas Day.

Last year’s leading country rider in Victoria, the hard-working Jarrod Fry continued associations on the gelding and was rewarded with his breakthrough Group 1 winning ride.

“He’s done a wonderful job for the stable,” Smith told Racing.com speaking of Fry post-win.

“It’s all about Jarrod and the horse today.

“Just for Jarrod and all his hard work. It’s great. Group 1s are what it’s all about.”

Tuvalu won the Listed Winter Championship (1600m) at Flemington back on July and returned to winning form second-up in the Toorak relishing a 53.5kg light weight.

“He’s always felt like one day he’d win one of these (Group 1s),” Smith said of Tuvalu.

“I’m just glad it came sooner rather than later.

“The barrier held and the perfect ride.

“It’s good to get it done.”

Fry had the eventual winner up on speed settled third on the fence as the first into stride, Ben & JD Hayes’ last start Group 3 Sandown Stakes winner Gentleman Roy, led the field around.

Gentleman Roy held a narrow lead on the straight, but was beginning to tire 100m out from the line as the likes of Military Expert and Tuvalu came with their runs.

Tuvalu ($9.50) drew clear and held on to win the Toorak holding off the fast finishing Annabel Neasham-trained Law Of Indices ($13) who flashed home late to get up into second and nearly hand jockey James McDonald a hat-trick of Group 1 victories on the day.

The fellow Neasham-trained Military Expert ($16) was also good off an on-pace run to finish under a length back third just ahead of the brave front runner Gentleman Roy who held for fourth after getting swamped late.

The Toorak Handicap result saw former WA trainer, the now Warrnambool-based Smith, celebrate his 11th Group 1 victory.

There could be more in store before the end of the year too with Smith confirming plans to head east with Tuvalu and target the Group 1 $1.5 million Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on November 19.

“That’s what I think the plan will be,” the 63-year-old horseman said.

Tuvalu currently occupies the third line of all-in 2022 Railway Stakes betting at $9.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au – full markets available here.

2022 Toorak Handicap Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 TUVALU Lindsey Smith Jarrod Fry 1 53.5kg $9.50
2 4 LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 0.75L 14 56kg $13
3 11 MILITARY EXPERT Annabel Neasham Ms Jamie Kah 0.95L 8 52kg $16
4 9 GENTLEMAN ROY Ben & JD Hayes Jye McNeil 1.05L 4 53kg $13
5 5 I WISH I WIN (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1.35L 12 54.5kg $2.20F
6 13 PINSTRIPED Enver Jusufovic Michael Dee 2.35L 13 52kg $11
7 12 NONAME LANE Will Clarken Ms Linda Meech 2.85L 3 52kg $41
8 14 CHARACTER James Cummings Dean Yendall 4.1L 7 52kg $31
9 3 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 4.3L 11 56kg $31
10 10 BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) Michael Moroney Craig Newitt 4.5L 15 52.5kg $26
11 7 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 4.7L 6 53.5kg $101
12 2 CONVERGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4.9L 9 56.5kg $41
13 6 HILAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Craig Williams 6.15L 2 54kg $31
14 1 CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 7.65L 10 58kg $17
15 15 UNCLE BRYN (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 13.65L 5 52kg $16
16 WINNING PARTNER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damien Thornton 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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