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.

2019 Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

  • 1st: #5 Kolding
  • 2nd: #8 Fierce Impact
  • 3rd: #12 Desert Lord



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.

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 2019 ran on Saturday September 21, 2019 and saw trainer Chris Waller take it out with Kolding. 

2019 Bill Ritchie Handicap
Date: Saturday September 21, 2019
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO&UP Quality Hcp
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2019 Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

  • 1st: #5 Kolding
  • 2nd: #8 Fierce Impact
  • 3rd: #12 Desert Lord

The official Bill Ritchie Handicap 2019 results saw the Chris Waller-trained Kolding secure a narrow victory over the Japanese-bred Fierce Impact, while the Team Hawkes-trained Desert Lord ran two lengths back for third in the Epsom lead-up.

Read more on the thrilling 2019 Bill Ritchie Handicap win by Kolding.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 5 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 9 57kg $7
2 8 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Nash Rawiller 0.2L 2 56kg $10
3 12 DESERT LORD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2L 8 54.5kg $5.50
4 7 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 2.8L 3 56kg $4.20F
5 11 PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) John Thompson Tim Clark 3.2L 7 54.5kg $14
6 1 TALLY James Cummings Joshua Parr 3.6L 5 58kg $71
7 4 ARCHEDEMUS Gwenda Markwell Luke Currie 3.7L 6 57kg $12
8 3 AVANTAGE Jamie Richards James McDonald 4.2L 10 57kg $7
9 6 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5.6L 4 56.5kg $5.50
10 10 MY XPRESSION (NZ) Chris Waller Jay Ford 6L 1 54.5kg $41
9 KAONIC (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 0
2 MANTASTIC (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 0

2019 Bill Ritchie Handicap Odds

The season’s best Bill Ritchie Handicap 2019 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week of the race.

2019 Bill Ritchie Handicap Field

The 2019 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 official Bill Ritchie Handicap 2019 Field attracted a dozen potential Epsom Handicap horses including Godolphin’s Group 1 placed import Cascadian who heads betting to win the race second-up down under. The dangers include the Chris Waller-trained duo of Star Of Seas and Kolding who ran fourth and fifth respectively last start in the Tramway.

Update: The 2019 Bill Ritchie Handicap field is down to 10 runners after the withdrawal of the Chris Waller-trained Manatastic (12) and stablemate Kaonic (1) who were drawn the outside and inside barriers respectively.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1514x6770x TALLY James Cummings Joshua Parr 6 58kg 102
2 5x812511x8 MANTASTIC (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 12 57.5kg 101
3 121x1x13x2 AVANTAGE Jamie Richards James McDonald 11 57kg 104
4 x1118118x0 ARCHEDEMUS Gwenda Markwell Luke Currie 7 57kg 100
5 12331111×5 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 10 57kg 100
6 22113211×4 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5 56.5kg 99
7 121x128x5 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 4 56kg 98
8 8321x6720x FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Nash Rawiller 3 56kg 98
9 441x5496x0 KAONIC (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1 55.5kg 97
10 133x00x535 MY XPRESSION (NZ) Chris Waller Jay Ford 2 54.5kg 89
11 0x2490431x PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) John Thompson Tim Clark 8 54.5kg 86
12 5x4131x1x4 DESERT LORD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 9 54.5kg 82

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
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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