2023 Toorak Handicap Results: Attrition Holds Out Antino at 25/1

October 14, 2023

2023 Toorak Handicap Results: Attrition Holds Out Antino at 25/1

2023 Toorak Handicap Results

2023 Toorak Handicap winner Attrition

2023 Toorak Handicap winner Attrition enjoyed a narrow Group 1 upset on Guineas Day. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 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.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
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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