Standish Handicap

The Standish Handicap is a Group 3 sprint race held at Flemington Racecourse on New Year's Day each summer.

2020 Standish Handicap Results

  • 1st: #4 Halvorsen
  • 2nd: #7 Bold Star
  • 3rd: #6 Superhard



The 2020 Standish Handicap is a 1200m sprint that takes place at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on New Year’s Day each summer.

It is held under handicap conditions and pays $160,000 in prize money. As a Group 3 event, it attracts some fairly decent talent looking for an off-season Black-Type to either round out their summer or kick off their autumn.

While only a Group 3 event, occupying the New Year’s Day slot adds a certain level of prestige to the race. It also makes it important event for some horses who are gearing up for some of the few January races or the early Autumn Racing Carnival. However, many of the top sprinters in Melbourne are usually in the paddock around this time.

In 2019 the Standish Handicap winner Whispering Brook franked the form winning the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) next start at The Valley.

The Standish Handicap is held down the “straight six”, which is the Flemington straight (six furlongs long).

The 2020 Standish Handicap ran on Wednesday January 1, 2020 and was won by the in-form Halvorsen. 

Standish Handicap 2020
Date: Wednesday January 1, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2019 Standish Handicap Results

  • 1st: #4 Halvorsen
  • 2nd: #7 Bold Star
  • 3rd: #6 Superhard

It was the battle of the favourites in the Standish Handicap 2020 results with the Robbie Griffiths-trained four-year-old Halvorsen ($3.30) making it three wins on the trot with his commanding 1.25 length success over the $3 top elect Bold Star in the New Year’s Day feature.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 4 HALVORSEN Robbie Griffiths Andrew Mallyon 1 54kg $3.30
2 7 BOLD STAR Gordon Richards Dwayne Dunn 1.25L 7 54kg $3F
3 6 SUPERHARD John Sadler Jye McNeil 2L 2 54kg $10
4 2 SNITZKRAFT Phillip Stokes John Allen 2.2L 5 56.5kg $7
5 3 GUIZOT (IRE) Aaron Purcell Ms Linda Meech 2.95L 3 55kg $41
6 5 SMART COUPE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damien Thornton 6.2L 4 54kg $21
7 8 CHOISBORDER Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Yendall 6.95L 8 54kg $31
8 1 SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 31.95L 6 59kg $5.50

2020 Standish Handicap Betting Odds

The latest available Standish Handicap 2020 odds will be listed below, pricing open at Ladbrokes.com.au where you can lock in your Standish Handicap betting tips on New Year’s Day at the hottest summer racing prices.

2020 Standish Handicap Field

The Standish Handicap field attracts a quality line-up of summer sprinters each January, many coming off a lead-up run at the Flemington track and the bulk of which progress onto the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival sprint races later in the year.

The 2020 Standish Handicap field and barriers are set for release the week before the race and will be provided in full below  as soon as made available by Racing Victoria. The announcement date for the Standish Handicap final acceptances changes from year to year, due to the fact that the race runs on New Years Day rather than a specific week day.

Standish Handicap History

The Standish Handicap was inaugurated in 1884. This makes it one of the older races in Australia.

It is named after Captain Frederick Standish. He was a former VRC Chairman and also held the position of Victorian Chief Commissioner of police during the period that Ned Kelly was galloping around the scrub bushrangering. Fred Standish passed away in 1883.

Between 1884 and 1972 the Standish Handicap was held over six furlongs. Following the conversion to metric, it was held over 1200m, right up until 2006. In that year it was held over 1100m. Since 2007 it has been raced over 1200m.

In 1997 for a year the race was held at Moonee Valley. Caulfield Racecourse hosted it in 2006.

Prior to 1979, it was a Principal race, and since then it has held Group 3 status.

Notable Standish Handicap winners include Barefoot (1892), Miss Bobby (1907, 08), Press Gang (1935), Ungar (1950, 51), Scarborough Fair (1972), Redelva (1988), Iglesia (2001), Super Impressive (2003, 05) and Flamberge (2014). Standish Handicap results, place getters and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Standish Handicap Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Standish Handicap
1st Halvorsen 1 minute 10.24 seconds
2nd Bold Star
3rd Superhard
2019
Standish Handicap
1st Whispering Brook 1 minute 9.18 seconds
2nd Smart Coupe
3rd True Excelsior
2018
Standish Handicap
1st Lord Of The Sky 1 minute 8.98 seconds
2nd Flippant
3rd Chamois Road
2017
Standish Handicap
1st Odyssey Moon 1 minute 10.54 seconds
2nd Cavaloce
3rd Inspector
2016
Standish Handicap
1st Durendal 1 minute 9.4 seconds
2nd Zupacharged
3rd Churchill Dancer
2015
Standish Handicap
1st Decircles 1 minute 9.1 seconds
2nd Lord Of The Sky
3rd Reparations
2014
Standish Handicap
1st Flamberge 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Essay Raider
3rd Decircles
2013
Standish Handicap
1st Adamantium 1 minute 8.2 seconds
2nd Catapulted
3rd Goldstone
2012
Standish Handicap
1st Catapulted 1 minute 7.6 seconds
=2nd Rocking Force
=2nd Cascabel
2011
Standish Handicap
1st Ahdashim 1 minute 9.1 seconds
2nd Chasm
3rd Eclair Mystic
2010
Standish Handicap
1st Royal Ida 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Beltrois
3rd Juggle The Books
2009
Standish Handicap
1st King Hoaks 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Bowhunter
3rd Orbit Express
2008
Standish Handicap
1st Publishing 1 minute 9.3 seconds
2nd Eskaw
3rd Pencelaron
2007
Standish Handicap
1st Watchyerback 1 minute 9.0 seconds
2nd Murray Downs
3rd Cocinero
2006
Standish Handicap
1st Honalee 1 minute 3.4 seconds
2nd Gold Wells
3rd Starhere
2005
Standish Handicap
1st Super Impressive 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Blessum
3rd Savage Attack
2004
Standish Handicap
1st Blessum 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd Monahan Tweed
3rd Super Impressive
2003
Standish Handicap
1st Super Impressive 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Confederate Kid
3rd The Expat
2002
Standish Handicap
1st Lets Planet 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Chattanooga
3rd Generalissimo
2001
Standish Handicap
1st Iglesia 1 minute 7.1 seconds
2nd Sedation
3rd Major
2000
Standish Handicap
1st Upright 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Rain Dance Lady
3rd Bush Outlaw

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