Toorak Handicap

The Toorak Handicap is a Group 1 mile event held on Caulfield Guineas Day in mid-October during the spring.

2021 Toorak Handicap Results

  • 1st: #11 I'm Thunderstruck
  • 2nd: #1 Tofane
  • 3rd: #2 Superstorm



The Toorak Handicap is held midway through the premier racing carnival in Australia, the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Taking place on a Saturday in early – mid October each year on Caulfield Guineas Day, this 1600m middle distance event is one of three elite Group 1 races held at Caulfield at the meeting along with the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

Worth $1,000,000 in total prize money as of 2021 and run under open handicap conditions, it is a fantastic lead up to some of the other middle distanced carnival races like the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) on Cox Plate Day or the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day for fillies and mares.

There are a number of excellent races runners can compete in prior to the Toorak Handicap that will give punters a good guide for the race. Entries may come via earlier handicap events like the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) a fortnight before.

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes produced all four Toorak Handicap six of the seven winners from 2012-18 including Trust In A Gust (2014) who was the last to do the double. It is a race that attracts the best in form sprinters and is considered one of the leading mile races in the Spring Carnival.

In 2021 I’m Thunderstruck atoned for a luckless third in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes to salute for the punters in the Toorak Handicap.

The Toorak Handicap 2021 ran on Caulfield Guineas Day – Saturday October 9, 2021 and was won by the favourite I’m Thunderstruck ($3.20).

Toorak Handicap 2021
Date: Saturday October 9, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1,000,000
Inaugurated: 1881

2021 Toorak Handicap Results

  • 1st: #11 I’m Thunderstruck
  • 2nd: #1 Tofane
  • 3rd: #2 Superstorm

I’m Thunderstruck ($3.20F) atoned for his luckless Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes third given a gutsy ride by Jye McNeil to defeat the brave top weight Tofane in the 2021 Toorak Handicap results with Superstorm third again.

Click here to read more on the Toorak Handicap 2021 win by Golden Eagle-bound I’m Thunderstruck.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 11 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 4 52kg $3.20F
2 1 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 0.75L 3 58kg $11
3 2 SUPERSTORM Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 1.5L 9 56.5kg $9.50
4 8 QUANTUM MECHANIC Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 2L 6 52.5kg $51
5 14 EMBOLISM Danny O’Brien Damien Thornton 2.5L 7 52kg $16
6 5 LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 2.9L 12 54kg $31
7 13 SECOND SLIP (NZ) Will Clarken Ms Linda Meech 3.4L 2 52kg $15
8 4 ELEPHANT (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Damian Lane 3.8L 5 55.5kg $4.40
9 12 SO YOU ASSUME Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 3.9L 8 52kg $31
10 10 IRISH FLAME (NZ) Brett Scott Matthew Cartwright (a) 9.9L 11 52kg $91
11 6 DICE ROLL (FR) Nick Ryan Fred Kersley 14.9L 1 53.5kg $8
12 3 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 49.9L 10 56kg $17
7 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams Michael Dee 0
9 AYSAR Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Toorak Handicap Betting Odds

The latest Toorak Handicap 2021 odds and betting markets complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below for you to back your Toorak Handicap tips at the right price this spring.

I’m Thunderstruck ($3.20 in 2021) was the last favourite in Toorak Handicap betting to salute for the punters.

2021 Toorak Handicap Field

The Toorak Handicap field features a host of smart spring milers, some looking to step-up in distance next race in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m). Runners in the Toorak Handicap field come via lead-up races including the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at the track a fortnight earlier or Sydney’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

The official Toorak Handicap 2021 Final Field & Barriers will be announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of race week and listed in full below.

The 2021 Toorak Handicap field features a star-studded line-up of gallopers including Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winning mare Sierra Sue and the well-backed favourite I’m Thunderstruck.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Toorak Handicap 2021 field and betting markets.

  • Scratched: #7 Harbour Views (14); #9 Aysar (7)
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.

2021 Toorak Handicap Nominations

Nominations for the Toorak Handicap in 2021 close the Monday leading-up to the race and will be listed for punters below.

The 2021 Toorak Handicap nominations are now out featuring 17 early entries led in betting by progressive Shocking four-year-old I’m Thunderstruck.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 97x7211x34 TOFANE (NZ) M 6 Michael Moroney 1 58kg 115
2 7×06041171 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 2 56kg 111
3 x90736x413 SUPERSTORM G 5 Danny O’Brien 3 56.5kg 108
4 1x111x121 ELEPHANT (NZ) G 5 Emma-Lee & David Browne 4 55.5kg 106
5 3312133×03 QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 5 52.5kg 104
6 57x0140x95 LUNAR FOX H 4 Paul Preusker 6 54kg 103
7 53x4x11x0x NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) G 6 Peter G Moody 7 54kg 103
8 x0x11143x2 DICE ROLL (FR) G 7 Nick Ryan 8 53.5kg 102
9 14x3640x13 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 7 Matthew Williams 9 53kg 101
10 2x229x0446 AYSAR H 4 Ben & JD Hayes 10 52kg 99
11 11x5823x30 IRISH FLAME (NZ) G 7 Brett Scott 11 52kg 99
12 81×9312111 SO YOU ASSUME M 4 Shane Nichols 12 52kg 96
13 15×13113 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 13 52kg 96
14 x11125x112 SECOND SLIP (NZ) G 5 Will Clarken 14 52kg 91
15 51180×6481 WINNING PARTNER G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 15 52kg 91
16 541×401232 JUST FOLK G 5 Josh Julius 16 52kg 82
17 615x0485x3 EMBOLISM G 4 Danny O’Brien 17 52kg 80

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Toorak Handicap History

First run in 1881, Josephine won the first running of the Toorak Handicap. The race has been known as a few different names over the years. From 1981-1984 it was called The IXL, then from 1985-1989 the name was changed to The Elders Mile. From 1990 onwards the event has been registered under its current title, the Toorak Handicap. The race started as a Principal event run over eight furlongs until 1890. In 1891 the race distance was increased to nine furlongs for one year and then in 1892 it reverted back to the original eight furlongs. When the metric system came to Australia the length was converted to 1600m in 1972. The Toorak reached Group 1 status not long after in 1979.

Toorak Handicap Results

The Group 1 Toorak Handicap winners and placegetters since 2000.

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2021
Toorak Handicap
1st I’m Thunderstruck 1 minute 34.87 seconds
2nd Tofane
3rd Superstorm
2020
Toorak Handicap
1st Mr Quickie 1 minute 35.81 seconds
2nd Buffalo River
3rd Superstorm
2019
Toorak Handicap
1st Fierce Impact 1 minute 35.19 seconds
2nd Night’s Watch
3rd Age Of Chivalry
2018
Toorak Handicap
1st Land of Plenty 1 minute 34.5 seconds
2nd Hartnell
3rd Siege of Quebec
2017
Toorak Handicap
1st Tosen Stardom 1 minute 35.86 seconds
2nd Sovereign Nation
3rd Petrology
2016
Toorak Handicap
1st He’s Our Rokkii 1 minute 36.1 seconds
2nd Great Esteem
3rd Tivaci
2015
Toorak Handicap
1st Lucky Hussler 1 minute 34.5 seconds
2nd Disposition
3rd Stratum Star
2014
Toorak Handicap
1st Trust In A Gust 1 minute 35.2 seconds
2nd Speediness
3rd Desert Jeuney
2013
Toorak Handicap
1st Solzhenitsyn 1 minute 36.4 seconds
2nd Trevieres
3rd Blackie
2012
Toorak Handicap
1st Solzhenitsyn 1 minute 35.25 seconds
2nd Spirit Song
3rd Yosei
2011
Toorak Handicap
1st King Mufhasa 1 minute 36.29 seconds
2nd King’s Rose
3rd Luen Yat Forever
2010
Toorak Handicap
1st More Joyous 1 minute 36.4 seconds
2nd We’re Gonna Rock
3rd Proud Judge
2009
Toorak Handicap
1st Allez Wonder 1 minute 35 seconds
2nd Gold Salute
3rd Rock Kingdom
2008
Toorak Handicap
1st Alamosa 1 minute 36.9 seconds
2nd Rockwood
3rd Pillar Of Hercules
2007
Toorak Handicap
1st Divine Madonna 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Niconero
3rd Wonderful World
2006
Toorak Handicap
1st Red Dazzler 1 minute 37.5 seconds
2nd Rewaaya
3rd Niconero
2005
Toorak Handicap
1st Barely A Moment 1 minute 37.9 seconds
2nd Super Kid
3rd Calveen
2004
Toorak Handicap
1st Regal Roller 1 minute 37.4 seconds
2nd Oscar Warrior
3rd Infinite Grace
2003
Toorak Handicap
1st Roman Arch 1 minute 36 seconds
2nd Fields Of Omagh
3rd Umrum
2002
Toorak Handicap
1st Shot Of Thunder 1 minute 36.1 seconds
2nd Umrum
3rd Pernod
2001
Toorak Handicap
1st Show A Heart 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd La Zagaletta
3rd Shot Of Thunder
2000
Toorak Handicap
1st Umrum 1 minute 36.4 seconds
2nd Go Flash Go
3rd Crawl

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