Bill Ritchie Handicap

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

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

  • 1st: #16 Rediener
  • 2nd: #14 Cuban Royale
  • 3rd: #13 Wild Planet



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 middle distance showdown 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 $250,000, the Bill Ritchie Handicap is a lucrative Group 3 event that is regularly targeted by decent handicappers.

Held on The Shorts Day, the Bill Ritchie Handicap shares the race program with a host of other black-type events including the Group 2 $1 million The Shorts (1100m) for the spring’s top sprinters heading towards the $20 million The Everest race in October.

Replacing the George Main Stakes – which now runs as the Group 1 $5 million King Charles III Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on The Everest Day in mid-October – on the card as of 2023 is the $1 million 7 Stakes (1600m) which also offers an Epsom Handicap ballot exemption.

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) followed by Top Ranked (2022) are the latest runners to complete the Bill Ritchie Handicap – Epsom Handicap double.

Earlier, Kolding (2019) also completed the Bill Ritchie – Epsom Handicap double before going on to win the inaugural edition of the $10 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 2021 Bill Ritchie Handicap form was franked with the third place-getter Aramayo continuing on to run second in that year’s Epsom Handicap results.

The Bill Ritchie Handicap 2023 ran on Saturday September 16, 2023 with the Chris Waller-trained Rediener ($8.50) enjoying a first-up win for the stable to secure the Epsom Handicap ballot exemption. 

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap
Date: Saturday September 16, 2023
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO&UP Quality Hcp
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Results

  • 1st: #16 Rediener ($8.50)
  • 2nd: #14 Cuban Royale
  • 3rd: #13 Wild Planet

Despite being squeezed for room at the top of the home straight Chris Waller’s Group 3 Gunsynd Classic winner in Brisbane over the winter, Rediener ($8.50), was good late shoving his way off the fence to hit the front 150m and enjoy a first-up win in the 2023 Bill Richie Handicap results ahead of a possible Group 1 Epsom Handicap run in a fortnight.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 16 REDIENER Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 2 53kg $8.50
2 14 CUBAN ROYALE Robert & Luke Price Brock Ryan 1.2L 1 53kg $19
3 13 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins 1.7L 7 53kg $26
4 1 CONVERGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 1.96L 6 59kg $4.20F
5 8 TAMERLANE James Cummings Zac Lloyd (a) 2.11L 9 54kg $4.40
6 9 ARAMAYO Sam Kavanagh Jean Van Overmeire 3.22L 5 53kg $101
7 10 BARBIE’S FOX Ben, Will & JD Hayes Tyler Schiller 3.25L 8 53kg $9
8 11 OLENTIA Chris Waller Jay Ford 3.27L 10 53kg $4.40
9 17e POLITICAL DEBATE Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4.45L 3 53kg $15
10 5 IRISH SONGS Louise White Jake Bayliss 5.36L 4 55kg $21
11 15 THE FORTUNE TELLER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dylan Gibbons (a) 6.03L 11 53kg $31
12 6 MY WHISPER Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 7.86L 12 54kg $41
7 TIMES SQUARE (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 0
2 SKYMAN (GB) Chris Waller Brett Prebble 0
12 DEMOCRACY MANIFEST Chris Waller 0
4 KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 0
3 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Betting Odds

The season’s best Bill Ritchie Handicap 2023 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.

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2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Form

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2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Bill Ritchie Handicap 2023 Tips on the Epsom lead-up this spring.

  • To Win: #10 Barbie’s Fox ($9.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Open affair going for value with consistent mare Barbie’s Fox. She was at double figures to make it back-to-back wins first-up here for the spring but money is coming for her on race day. Last time out won Rosehill’s Listed Winter Challenge (1500m) back in July. Not her preferred distance, but she has previously won fresh and gets in well weight-wise with the 53kg. A past Group 2 place-getter with class at her best, this looks tough but think she can answer the doubters.

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Field

The 2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw will be provided in full below once acceptances are taken on the Wednesday leading-up to The Shorts Day.

The Bill Ritchie Handicap 2023 field features a smart line-up of potential Group 1-bound spring hopefuls led in betting by the Chris Waller-trained Group 3 winning Zoustar mare Olentia fit third-up here and coming off a good Group 2 Tramway Stakes fifth only 1.6 lengths beaten by the winner Pericles.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 900x73027x CONVERGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 8 59kg 107
2 01x61043x2 SKYMAN (GB) Chris Waller Brett Prebble 14 59kg 107
3 107x20480x NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 7 58kg 105
4 627x05314x KUKERACHA (NZ) Chris Waller Joshua Parr 4 56.5kg 102
5 1261966161 IRISH SONGS Louise White Jake Bayliss 5 55kg 99
6 x90101x97x MY WHISPER Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 15 54kg 98
7 7307x1x87x TIMES SQUARE (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 16 54kg 98
8 911x21140x TAMERLANE James Cummings Zac Lloyd (a) 11 54kg 97
9 x5428x009x ARAMAYO Sam Kavanagh Jean Van Overmeire 6 53kg 91
10 50×3102341 BARBIE’S FOX Ben, Will & JD Hayes Tyler Schiller 10 53kg 99
11 114x11x15 OLENTIA Chris Waller Jay Ford 12 53kg 96
12 213x1761x0 DEMOCRACY MANIFEST Chris Waller 17 53kg 94
13 97447x593x WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins 9 53kg 93
14 1413377×56 CUBAN ROYALE Robert & Luke Price Brock Ryan 1 53kg 92
15 2732x3010x THE FORTUNE TELLER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dylan Gibbons (a) 13 53kg 91
16 88x641211x REDIENER Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara (late alt) 2 53kg 90
17e 2312x80x52 POLITICAL DEBATE Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3 53kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Bill Ritchie Handicap Nominations

Nominations for the Bill Ritchie Handicap in 2023 close the Monday of race week and will be provided for punters below as soon as released.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 8x41292x11 PERICLES G 4 James Cummings 1 60kg 60kg 109
2 900x73027x CONVERGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2= 59kg 59kg 107
3 01x61043x2 SKYMAN (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 2= 59kg 59kg 107
4 107x20480x NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 4 58kg 58kg 105
5 627x05314x KUKERACHA (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 5 56.5kg 56.5kg 102
6 1261966161 IRISH SONGS G 8 Louise White 6= 55kg 55kg 99
7 50×3102341 BARBIE’S FOX M 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 6= 54kg 53kg 99
8 x90101x97x MY WHISPER M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 8= 54kg 53kg 98
9 7307x1x87x TIMES SQUARE (FR) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 8= 54kg 53kg 98
10 911x21140x TAMERLANE G 6 James Cummings 10 54kg 54kg 97
11 114x11x15 OLENTIA M 4 Chris Waller 11 54kg 53kg 96
12 213x1761x0 DEMOCRACY MANIFEST G 5 Chris Waller 12 54kg 53kg 94
13 13x12123x4 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13= 54kg 53kg 93
14 97447x593x WILD PLANET G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 13= 54kg 53kg 93
15 1413377×56 CUBAN ROYALE G 9 Robert & Luke Price 15 54kg 53kg 92
16 x5428x009x ARAMAYO G 8 Sam Kavanagh 16= 54kg 53kg 91
17 2732x3010x THE FORTUNE TELLER G 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16= 54kg 53kg 91
18 x711286x71 VRENELI G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 16= 54kg 53kg 91
19 3111878×67 INVER PARK (GB) G 6 Kris Lees 19= 54kg 53kg 90
20 88x641211x REDIENER G 4 Chris Waller 19= 54kg 53kg 90
21 2312x80x52 POLITICAL DEBATE H 4 Chris Waller 21 54kg 53kg 88
22 13285210×5 SPANGLER (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 22 54kg 53kg 87
23 x7960160x3 MYSTERY SHOT G 7 Matthew Dale 23 54kg 53kg 85
24 94x61250x9 LOCH EAGLE G 5 Kris Lees 24 54kg 53kg 84
25 626x42237x ATMOSPHERE G 4 James Cummings 25 54kg 53kg 79
26 21557×1811 STRAIT ACER G 4 Edward Cummings 26 54kg 53kg 78
27 x234532136 ANAGAIN M 5 Joseph Pride 27 54kg 53kg 72

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), 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
2023
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Rediener 1 minute 21.54 seconds
2nd Cuban Royale
3rd Wild Planet
2022
Bill Ritchie Handicap
1st Top Ranked 1 minute 25.09 seconds
2nd Purple Sector
3rd Cross Talk
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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