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Bill Ritchie Handicap

The Bill Ritchie Handicap is a Group 3 race for 3yo and upward horses held each September in Sydney at Randwick racecourse during the Sydney spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and worth $160,000 in prize money. The 2020 Bill Ritchie Handicap was won by Probabeel from Cuba with Brandenburg third.

This race takes place on the same day as the Group 1 George Main Stakes and the winner is exempt from a ballot and penalty in the Epsom Handicap.

Bill Ritchie Handicap info

Date: Saturday 18th September 2021
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: 3yo+ Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000
2020 Winner: Probabeel

The Bill Ritchie Handicap is a handicap race over 1400m and can sometimes attract horses planning to progress to the Group 1 Epsom Handicap on the final day of the carnival over an extra 200 metres.

Generally won by a handy horse rather than a topliner, the Bill Ritchie Handicap has not been a great guide to the Epsom Handicap in recent times, although Captain Sonador (2010) managed to win the Epsom at his next start after running third in this race.

Races such as the Gr3 Newcastle Cameron Handicap at Newcastle and to a lesser extent the Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes at Rosehill are sometimes used as lead-up races to this event.

Kolding (ran fifth in the Gr2 Tramway Stakes over 1400m at Randwick before finishing strongly to win this event for the Chris Waller stable.

Recent Bill Ritchie Handicap winners include Siege Of Quebec (2018) and Comin' Through (2017).

2020 Bill Ritchie Handicap result

1. $2.45 Probabeel 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $12.00 Cuba 53.0 Ms Rachel King
3. $6.00 Brandenburg 58.5 Nash Rawiller

then followed
4. $81.00 Dadoozdart 54.0 Tommy Berry
5. $6.00 Reloaded 55.5 James McDonald
6. $13.00 Glenall 54.5 Brock Ryan
7. $16.00 Le Romain 59.5 Hugh Bowman
8. $26.00 Kubrick 54.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
9. $7.50 Roheryn 55.0 Jason Collett

Margins: 1.3 len, 1 len
Time: 1:22.64

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Bill Ritchie Handicap winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Probabeel Cuba Brandenburg 1:22.6
2019 Kolding Fierce Impact Desert Lord 1:22.9
2018 Siege Of Quebec Pierata Music Magnate 1:21.5
2017 Comin' Through Tom Melbourne Burning Passion 1:21.6
2016 Sons Of John Torgersen Federal 1:22.7
2015 Sadler's Lake Rudy Heart Testa 1:24.7
2014 Manawanui Rock Sturdy Tougher Than Ever 1:21.7
2013 Boban Beltone Choice Bro 1:21.8
2012 Steps In Time Said Com Wild And Proud 1:23.1
2011 Thankgodyou'rehere Startsmeup Miss Keepsake 1:22.2
2010 Drumbeats Kenny's World Captain Sonador 1:22.8
2009 McClintock Walking Or Dancing Faulconbridge 1:23.5
2008 Judged Rockwood Kiloton 1:23.1
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Coalesce New Edge Flaming 1:21.6
2005 Flaming Devil Messiaen 1:21.3
2004 Osca Warrior Utzon In a Bound 1:21.7
2003 Zabarra Britt's Best Forum Floozie 1:22.6
2002 Zabarra This Manshood Swiss Echo 1:23.8
2001 Fouardee Defier Adamantly 1:21.7
2000 Landsighting Tie The Knot Valuate 1:21.7
1999 Brave Prince Al Mansour Stanzaic 1:23.0
1998 Bezeal Bay Deep Snip Super Crest 1:22.8
1997 Holy Roller Pimpala Son Prairie 1:23.7
1996 Mamzelle Pedrille Persian Flyer Headstrong 1:23.2
1995 Monopolize Juggler Flight To Fantasy 1:22.6
1994 Rouslan Over The Top Big Dreams 1:22.2
1993 Belas Knap Cohort Telesto/Mighty Tango 1:21.6
1992 Prince Of Praise East Ocean Friend Stormy Guest 1:22.2
1991 Rechabite Somalia Be Able 1:24.0
1990 Our Poverty Bay Remember Peter Mocha 1:22.7
1989 Royal Reel Our Palliser Black Routine 1:23.5
1988 Pleasant Flight Gold Trump Regal Native 1:22.2