Bill Ritchie Handicap

The Bill Ritchie Handicap is a Group 3 event held at Royal Randwick on George Main Stakes Day each September and offers an Epsom Handicap ballot exemption to the winner.

2020 Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

  • 1st: #5 Probabeel
  • 2nd: #12 Cuba
  • 3rd: #2 Brandenburg



The Bill Ritchie Handicap is a Group 3 middle-distance sprint held at Royal Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Raced over 1400m, the Bill Ritchie Handicap is an exciting sprinting test that is open to contention for both sprinters and milers held in mid-September.

The Bill Ritchie Handicap is run under quality handicap conditions and is open to horses aged three years and older. With prize money of $160,000, the Bill Ritchie Handicap is a lucrative Group 3 event that is regularly targeted by decent handicappers.

Held on George Main Stakes Day, the Bill Ritchie Handicap shares the race program with a host of other black-type events. These include the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) for the spring’s top sprinters.

The winner of the Bill Ritchie Handicap gains ballot exemption for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m). As a result, trainers tend to target it as part of their spring campaign. This also means that the Bill Ritchie Handicap gets considerable attention from punters attempting to get an early line on form.

Kolding (2019) was the last horse to complete the Bill Ritchie – Epsom Handicap double. He also went on to win the inaugural edition of the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle for four-year-olds that November.

Some of the better lead up races to the Bill Ritchie Handicap include the Group 3 Cameron Handicap, the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes or the Group 2 Tramway Stakes.

The Bill Ritchie Handicap 2020 ran on Saturday September 19, 2020 and was won by Group 1 winning mare Probabeel.

2020 Bill Ritchie Handicap
Date: Saturday September 19, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO&UP Quality Hcp
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

  • 1st: #5 Probabeel
  • 2nd: #12 Cuba
  • 3rd: #2 Brandenburg

Jamie Richards’ Surround Stakes winning mare Probabeel ($2.45F) continued her gun second-up record saluting for the punters in the 2020 Bill Ritchie Handicap results thanks to a perfect ride from brilliant hoop Kerrin McEvoy.

Click here to read more on the Bill Ritchie Handicap 2020 win by Epsom-bound Probabeel.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 2 57kg $2.45F
2 12 CUBA John Thompson Ms Rachel King 1.3L 4 53kg $12
3 2 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Nash Rawiller 2.3L 1 58.5kg $6
4 11 DADOOZDART (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2.4L 3 54kg $81
5 7 RELOADED Chris Waller James McDonald 4.1L 8 55.5kg $6
6 9 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan (a) 4.3L 7 54.5kg $13
7 1 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 5.5L 5 59.5kg $16
8 10 KUBRICK Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 5.7L 6 54kg $26
9 8 ROHERYN James Cummings Jason Collett 7.7L 9 55kg $7.50
3 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 0
13 NUDGE Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 0
6 CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees Regan Bayliss 0
4 THE CANDY MAN Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Bill Ritchie Handicap Odds

The season’s best Bill Ritchie Handicap 2020 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week of the race.

Probabeel ($2.45 in 2020) was the last favourite in Bill Ritchie Handicap betting to salute for the punters.

2020 Bill Ritchie Handicap Field

The 2020 Bill Ritchie Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw will be provided in full below once acceptances are taken on the Wednesday leading-up to George Main Stakes Day.

The Bill Ritchie Handicap 2020 field is down to a dozen hopefuls after the early scratching of Nudge with markets led by Group 1 winning Kiwi mare Probabeel.

Update: #3 Quackerjack (2), #4 The Candy Man (3), #6 Chief Ironside (11) and #13 Nudge (13) have all come out of the field.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2020 GEORGE MAIN STAKES DAY SCRATCHINGS & TRACK REPORT

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x30x30x4x7 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 7 59.5kg 108
2 22x13437x0 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Nash Rawiller 1 58.5kg 106
3 3121x140x0 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 2 58kg 105
4 07713116×1 THE CANDY MAN Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 3 58kg 105
5 2x111228x2 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 4 57kg 107
6 6x010x040x CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) Kris Lees Regan Bayliss 11 57kg 103
7 23x82435x3 RELOADED Chris Waller James McDonald 10 55.5kg 100
8 8x1275x121 ROHERYN James Cummings Jason Collett 12 55kg 99
9 123250×346 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan (a) 9 54.5kg 98
10 501x8580x0 KUBRICK Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 8 54kg 86
11 011x1x00x0 DADOOZDART (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 5 54kg 84
12 141x68109x CUBA John Thompson Ms Rachel King 6 53kg 90
13 31x50340x3 NUDGE Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 13 53kg 85

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Bill Ritchie Handicap Nominations

Nominations for the Bill Ritchie Handicap close the Monday of race week and will be provided for punters below as soon as released.

Twenty potential Epsom Handicap horses make-up the 2020 Bill Ritchie Handicap nominations including Group 1 winning mare Probabeel, veteran eight-year-old Le Romain and the in-form The Candy Man now with Team Snowden.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x30x30x4x7 LE ROMAIN G 8 Kris Lees 1 59.5kg 59.5kg 108
2 2x111228x2 PROBABEEL (NZ) M 4 Jamie Richards 2 57kg 57kg 107
3 22x13437x0 BRANDENBURG (NZ) H 4 John Sargent 3= 58.5kg 58.5kg 106
4 x56x211x34 SPECIAL REWARD G 5 Kris Lees 3= 58.5kg 58.5kg 106
5 3121x140x0 QUACKERJACK G 5 Mark Newnham 5= 58kg 58kg 105
6 07713116×1 THE CANDY MAN G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 5= 58kg 58kg 105
7 6x010x040x CHIEF IRONSIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 7 57kg 57kg 103
8 71826249×6 MISS FABULASS M 5 Kris Lees 8 54.5kg 54.5kg 102
9 23x82435x3 RELOADED H 4 Chris Waller 9 55.5kg 55.5kg 100
10 8x1275x121 ROHERYN G 5 James Cummings 10 55kg 55kg 99
11 123250×346 GLENALL G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 11= 54.5kg 54.5kg 98
12 13x0x470x1 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 11= 54.5kg 54.5kg 98
13 3131037×31 JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13 54kg 53kg 94
14 141x68109x CUBA G 6 John Thompson 14 54kg 53kg 90
15 501x8580x0 KUBRICK G 4 Chris Waller 15= 54kg 53kg 86
16 263588×679 SIR PLUSH (NZ) G 8 Bjorn Baker 15= 54kg 53kg 86
17 1x211x70x0 SOMETHING FAST G 6 Anthony Cummings 15= 54kg 53kg 86
18 31x50340x3 NUDGE M 4 Chris Waller 18 54kg 53kg 85
19 011x1x00x0 DADOOZDART (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19= 54kg 53kg 84
20 31x5x0803x PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) G 5 John Thompson 19= 54kg 53kg 84

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Bill Ritchie Handicap History

The Bill Ritchie Handicap was inaugurated in 1978, with Go Mod taking out the first edition of the race. Since then, the Bill Ritchie Handicap has attracted quality fields annually, particularly with the ballot exemption on offer for the Epsom Handicap.

The Bill Ritchie Handicap is named after New South Wales thoroughbred breeder and shoe magnate Bill Ritchie. Bill’s daughter and film producer Julia Ritchie remains heavily involved in thoroughbred owning, training, breeding and racing. Jill was also the first woman to be inducted into the Australian Jockey Club committee and in 2011 was elected to director of NSWROA (NSW Racehorse Owners Association).

The Bill Ritchie Handicap has almost always been held at Royal Randwick, although in 2011 it was held at Rosehill. The Bill Ritchie Handicap was upgraded to Group 3 in 1998, a status it has held since.

Notable Bill Ritchie Handicap winners include Brave Prince (1999), Coalesce (2006), Boban (2013) and Comin’ Through (2017). Bill Ritchie Handicap results since 2000 are listed below.

Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Probabeel 1 minute 22.64 seconds
2nd Cuba
3rd Brandenburg
2019
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Kolding 1 minute 22.99 seconds
2nd Fierce Impact
3rd Desert Lord
2018
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Siege Of Quebec 1 minute 21.56 seconds
2nd Pierata
3rd Music Magnate
2017
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Comin’ Through 1 minute 21.67 seconds
2nd Tom Melbourne
3rd Burning Passion
2016
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Sons Of John 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Torgersen
3rd Federal
2015
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Sadler’s Lake 1 minute 24.79 seconds
2nd Rudy
3rd Heart Testa
2014
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Manawanui 1 minute 21.8 seconds
2nd Rock Sturdy
3rd Tougher Than Ever
2013
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Boban 1 minute 21.8 seconds
2nd Beltone
3rd Choice Bro
2012
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Steps In Time 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Said Com
3rd Wild And Proud
2011
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Thankgodyou’rehere 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Startsmeup
3rd Miss Keepsake
2010
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Drumbeats 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Kenny’s World
3rd Captain Sonador
2009
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st McClintock 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Walking Or Dancing
3rd Faulconbridge
2008
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Judged 1 minute 23.1 seconds
2nd Rockwood
3rd Kiloton
2007
Bill Ritchie Handicap
Race Not Held  
2006
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Coalesce 1 minute 21.6 seconds
2nd New Edge
3rd Flaming
2005
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Flaming 1 minute 21.3 seconds
2nd Devil
3rd Messiaen
2004
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Osca Warrior 1 minute 21.7 seconds
2nd Utzon
3rd In A Bound
2003
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Zabarra 1 minute 22.6 seconds
2nd Britt’s Best
3rd Forum Floozie
2002
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Zabarra 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd This Manshood
3rd Swiss Echo
2001
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Fouardee 1 minute 21.7 seconds
2nd Defier
3rd Adamantly
2000
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Landsighting 1 minute 21.7 seconds
2nd Tie The Knot
3rd Valuate

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