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.

2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

  • 1st: #11 Atishu
  • 2nd: #9 Looks Like Elvis
  • 3rd: #3 Aramayo



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.

Classy New Zealand-trained mare Probabeel (2020) is the latest runner to complete the Bill Ritchie Handicap – Epsom Handicap double.

The year before, Kolding (2019) also completed the Bill Ritchie – Epsom Handicap double before going 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 2021 ran on Saturday September 18, 2021 and was won by Chris Waller’s mare Atishu. 

2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap
Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO&UP Quality Hcp
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

  • 1st: #11 Atishu
  • 2nd: #9 Looks Like Elvis
  • 3rd: #3 Aramayo

The Chris Waller-trained Atishu ($3.50F) saluted for the punters in the 2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap results winning her way into the Group 1 Epsom Handicap field on October 2.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 11 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 3 53.5kg $3.50F
2 9 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Jarrod Austin Glen Boss 0.22L 1 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $31
3 3 ARAMAYO Chris Waller Jason Collett 1.37L 9 58kg $13
4 5 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Hugh Bowman 1.58L 5 57.5kg $4
5 8 PRIME STAR Richard & Michael Freedman Regan Bayliss 1.7L 7 56kg $21
6 12 HARMONY ROSE Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 1.72L 2 53kg $3.80
7 2 NUMERIAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 1.9L 6 58.5kg $21
8 4 AMARELINHA (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 2.77L 4 57.5kg $8
9 13 PROMPT PRODIGY (NZ) Edward Cummings Brock Ryan (a) 8.62L 8 53kg $81
1 ARCHEDEMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 0
6 DUAIS Edward Cummings Hugh Bowman 0
7 MAN OF PEACE Matthew Dale Ms Kathy O’Hara 0
10 OUTBACK DIVA Richard & Michael Freedman Jean Van Overmeire 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap Odds

The season’s best Bill Ritchie Handicap 2021 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week of the race.

Smart mares Probabeel ($2.45 in 2020) followed by Atishu ($3.50 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Bill Ritchie Handicap betting to salute for the punters.

2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap Field

The 2021 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.

A smart line-up middle-distance types face off in the Bill Ritchie Handicap 2021 field led in betting by the returning Randwick Guineas and Vinery Stud Stakes placed filly Harmony Rose

  • Scratched: #1 Archedemus (13); #6 Duais (12); #7 Man Of Peace (6); #10 Outback Diva (5)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 721x591x78 ARCHEDEMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Joshua Parr 13 59kg 103
2 32824x558x NUMERIAN (IRE) Annabel Neasham James McDonald 8 58.5kg 102
3 5148x479x2 ARAMAYO Chris Waller Jason Collett 11 58kg 101
4 21121114x AMARELINHA (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 4 57.5kg 104
5 111x821x17 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Jay Ford 7 57.5kg 100
6 x12821121x DUAIS Edward Cummings Hugh Bowman 12 56.5kg 102
7 11x370x650 MAN OF PEACE Matthew Dale Ms Kathy O’Hara 6 56.5kg 98
8 2x237x5x58 PRIME STAR Richard & Michael Freedman Regan Bayliss 9 56kg 97
9 75x457420x LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Jarrod Austin Glen Boss 1 54kg 88
10 3x93416x64 OUTBACK DIVA Richard & Michael Freedman Jean Van Overmeire 5 54kg 85
11 9x31111x14 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 3 53.5kg 89
12 112x1327x HARMONY ROSE Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 2 53kg 95
13 45312220×7 PROMPT PRODIGY (NZ) Edward Cummings Brock Ryan (a) 10 53kg 78

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 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.

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), Comin’ Through (2017), Kolding (2019) and Probabeel (2020). Bill Ritchie Handicap results since 2000 are listed below.

Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Atishu 1 minute 23.74 seconds
2nd Looks Like Elvis
3rd Aramayo
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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