Toorak Handicap

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

2019 Toorak Handicap Results

  • 1st: #12 Fierce Impact
  • 2nd: #5 Night's Watch
  • 3rd: #11 Age Of Chivalry



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 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day, this 1600m middle distance event is one of four elite Group 1 races held at Caulfield at the meeting along with the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m), Thousand Guineas (1600m) and Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

Worth $500,000 in total prize money 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.

The Toorak Handicap 2019 ran on Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day – Saturday October 12, 2019 – and was won in an upset by the well-bred Fierce Impact. 

Toorak Handicap 2019
Date: Saturday October 12, 2019
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $500,000
Inaugurated: 1881

2019 Toorak Handicap Results

  • 1st: #12 Fierce Impact
  • 2nd: #5 Night’s Watch
  • 3rd: #11 Age Of Chivalry

A nicely-bred son of boom sire Deep Impact, the Matthew Smith-trained Fierce Impact dramatically increased his future value at stud with a dominant 1.75 length win in the Toorak Handicap 2019 results. He defeated the Chris Waller-trained equal favourite Night’s Watch ($9), while the in-form four-year-old Age Of Chivalry ($9) ran another nice race in third.

Read more on the 2019 Toorak Handicap win by Fierce Impact.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 12 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Craig Williams 15 54.5kg $18
2 5 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 1.75L 9 56kg $7EF
3 11 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Kerrin McEvoy 2.5L 10 54.5kg $9
4 6 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 2.6L 5 56kg $13
5 20e WAGING WAR Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Raquel Clark 3.6L 4 52kg $7EF
6 3 CLIFF’S EDGE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 4L 6 57.5kg $26
7 1 MADISON COUNTY (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 4.1L 17 58kg $16
8 18 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg Dean Yendall 4.2L 11 52kg $26
9 4 WIDGEE TURF Patrick Payne Billy Egan 4.4L 8 57.5kg $12
10 13 MAHAMEDEIS Nick Ryan Ben Melham 4.6L 1 54.5kg $15
11 7 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 4.7L 14 56kg $51
12 14 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Damien Oliver 4.8L 13 54.5kg $7.50
13 19e CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) David Menuisier Anthony Darmanin 5.55L 2 52kg $26
14 2 SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 6.3L 18 58kg $21
15 10 AMPHITRITE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 6.5L 3 55kg $17
16 15 ORDER AGAIN (NZ) Brian Smith Larry Cassidy 10.25L 12 54kg $101
17 8 WYNDSPELLE (NZ) Johno Benner Michael Dee 10.65L 7 56kg $61
18 17 DYSLEXIC Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Thornton 10.85L 16 52kg $31
21e TWILIGHT RUN Kevin Corstens 0
9 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0
16 ICONOCLASM Danny O’Brien Stephen Baster 0

2019 Toorak Handicap Betting Odds

The latest Toorak Handicap 2019 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.

2019 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 2019 Final Field & Barriers will be announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of race week and listed in full below.

The 2019 Toorak Handicap Field attracted a capacity 18 starters plus three emergencies.

  • Jockey Damian Lane chases his third straight Toorak Handicap win this year aboard Madison County drawn wide (19).
  • Stocks Stakes winner Princess Jenni is out to be the first mare to win since More Joyous (2010).
  • Age Of Chivalry (2nd) and Widgee Turf (3rd) are the best out of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, which has produced six of the past seven Toorak winners.

Update: #16 Iconoclasm (21) has been scratched from the field after drawing the far outside barrier. First emergency, UK raider Chief Ironside (2), now gets into the field with just 52kg. Waging War also gets into the Toorak Handicap field carrying just 52kg from barrier four after the scratching of the Chris Waller-trained Tom Melbourne (18) who drew wide. Third emergency Twilight Run (5) failed to gain a start and came out of the line-up on race day morning.

Read more on the updated 2019 Toorak Handicap Field & Odds.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 31x13422x9 MADISON COUNTY (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Damian Lane 19 58kg 107
2 292450×125 SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 20 58kg 107
3 71516×3206 CLIFF’S EDGE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 7 57.5kg 106
4 x321017x53 WIDGEE TURF Patrick Payne Billy Egan 9 57.5kg 106
5 0x34000x59 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 10 56kg 103
6 x42170x463 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 6 56kg 103
7 231510×504 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Zac Spain 15 56kg 103
8 0142282×24 WYNDSPELLE (NZ) Johno Benner Michael Dee 8 56kg 103
9 6932225×83 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 18 55.5kg 102
10 00x1360x60 AMPHITRITE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 3 55kg 105
11 x1122x5112 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Kerrin McEvoy 11 54.5kg 100
12 321x6720x2 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Craig Williams 16 54.5kg 100
13 041650×624 MAHAMEDEIS Nick Ryan Ben Melham 1 54.5kg 100
14 1x71116x71 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Damien Oliver 14 54.5kg 104
15 x414513x50 ORDER AGAIN (NZ) Brian Smith Larry Cassidy 13 54kg 99
16 80x105x030 ICONOCLASM Danny O’Brien Stephen Baster 21 53.5kg 98
17 2x4350x443 DYSLEXIC Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Thornton 17 52kg 99
18 532x147x27 MISS SISKA Grahame Begg Dean Yendall 12 52kg 96
19e 5337x6306x CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) David Menuisier Anthony Darmanin 2 52kg 95
20e 6521273323 WAGING WAR Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Raquel Clark 4 52kg 95
21e 313×216975 TWILIGHT RUN Kevin Corstens TBA 5 52kg 73

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

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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