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2023 Toorak Handicap Results
- 1st: #7 Attrition ($26)
- 2nd: #6 Antino
- 3rd: #8 Bankers Choice
After a number of earlier, frustrating close calls at Group 1 level Churchill four-year-old Attrition ($26) showed true grit to extend his neck right on the line and hold out the better-fancied Queenslander Antino ($5) in a thrilling photo-finish Toorak Handicap 2023 result on Caulfield Guineas Day.
A further length back third to complete the Toorak Handicap trifecta was the roughie of the lot, the Michael Moroney-trained Bankers Choice at 200/1.
It was an emotional result as young trainer Mitchell Freedman and winning hoop Beau Mertens both celebrated their maiden Group 1 victory.
The Toorak was Attrition’s breakthrough stakes victory and he atoned for his narrow second as a three-year-old in Flemington’s Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) in the autumn.
He also further franked the form out of the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) having run a lead-up 13th to Alligator Blood who won the 2023 Might And Power by two lengths over the 2000m on Guineas Day.
|1||7||ATTRITION||Mitchell Freedman||Beau Mertens||10||54kg||$26|
|2||6||ANTINO (NZ)||Tony Gollan||Blake Shinn||0.1L||16||54.5kg||$5|
|3||8||BANKERS CHOICE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||1.1L||15||53.5kg||$201|
|4||15||AMENABLE||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Wiremu Pinn (a)||1.2L||6||52kg||$18|
|5||4||PINSTRIPED||Enver Jusufovic||Ben Allen||2.95L||11||56kg||$15|
|6||10||PRIDE OF JENNI||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Declan Bates||3.35L||5||52kg||$14|
|7||2||THE INEVITABLE||John Keys||David Pires||4.35L||8||56.5kg||$12|
|8||5||POUNDING||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||Billy Egan||5.35L||9||55kg||$26|
|9||3||AMELIA’S JEWEL||Simon A Miller||Damian Lane||5.45L||12||56kg||$2.40F|
|10||13||SEE YOU IN HEAVEN||Richard & Chantelle Jolly||Michael Dee||5.75L||13||52kg||$31|
|11||9||CORNER POCKET||Lindsey Smith||Craig Newitt||5.95L||4||53.5kg||$61|
|12||17||BELTORO||Robert Hickmott||Teo Nugent||7.7L||7||52kg||$201|
|13||14||HERE TO SHOCK (NZ)||Ben, Will & JD Hayes||Dean Yendall||9.45L||3||52kg||$11|
|14||12||SAVANNAH CLOUD (NZ)||Phillip Stokes||Daniel Moor||12.45L||14||52kg||$81|
|15||16||CHARTERHOUSE (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jye McNeil||14.2L||2||52kg||$26|
|16||11||IRONCLAD (GB)||Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea||Ms Linda Meech||26.2L||1||52kg||$81|
|1||MY OBERON (IRE)||Annabel Neasham||Mark Zahra||0|
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