The Standish Handicap is a Group 3 Open Handicap race traditionally held on New Year's Day each year at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The race is run over a distance of 1200m down the straight course and is worth $150,000 in prize money. The 2020 Standish Handicap was won by Halvorsen from Bold Star with Superhard third.
The Standish Handicap is the first group race of the new year in Melbourne and is typically held on the same day as the Group 2 Perth Cup in Perth, Western Australia.
|Date:||Wednesday 1st January 2020|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
The Standish Handicap is a good sprint race to bring in the new year and usually attracts the best sprinters going around at the time, although they are generally just handy types rather than the upper echelon.
The race has been taken out by some above average gallopers over the years including Grandiose (1989 & 1991) on two occasions and Redelva (1988).
Look for horses who are fit and in form with proven experience down the Flemington straight track, as it does not suit all horses, especially those who have failed to perform up the straight on previous occasions.
Halvorsen (2020) captured a Handicap race over 1100m at Flemington prior to scoring a comfortable victory in this event for the Robbie Griffiths stable at Cranbourne.
Recent Standish Handicap winners include Whispering Brook (2019) and Lord Of The Sky (2018).
1 $3.30 Halvorsen 54.0 Andrew Mallyon
2 $3.00 Bold Star 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
3 $10.00 Superhard 54.0 Jye McNeil
4 $7.00 Snitzkraft 56.5 John Allen
5 $41.00 Guizot 55.0 Ms Linda Meech
6 $21.00 Smart Coupe 54.0 Damien Thornton
7 $31.00 Choisborder 54.0 Dean Yendall
8 $5.50 Spirit Of Valor 59.0 Mark Zahra
Margins: 1.25 len, 0.75 len
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|2019||Whispering Brook||Smart Coupe||True Excelsior||1:09.1|
|2018||Lord Of The Sky||Flippant||Chamois Road||1:08.9|
|2015||Decircles||Lord Of The Sky||Reparations||1:09.0|
|2012||Catapulted||=2 Rocking Force||=2 Cascabel||1:07.6|
|2010||Royal Ida||Beltrois||Juggle The Books||1:11.1|
|2009||King Hoaks||Bowhunter||Orbit Express||1:10.3|
|2005||Super Impressive||Blessum||Savage Attack||1:09.8|
|2004||Blessum||Monahan Tweed||Super Impressive||1:09.2|
|2003||Super Impressive||Confederate Kid||The Expat||1:10.3|
|2000||Upright||Rain Dance Lady||Bush Outlaw||1:09.6|
|1999||Whistle Up||Sandridge Bay||Hon Kwok Star||1:09.7|
|1998||Hon Kwok Star||Apple Danish||Jugulator||1:09.3|
|1997||Khaptingly||Hon Kwok Star||Fighter Bay||1:11.1|
|1996||Ben's Rocket||Power And Glory||Delsole||1:12.5|
|1995||Blue Boss||Verdetto||The Heavyweight||1:08.4|
|1994||Laser Beam||Lucky Dagger||Queen Echo||1:09.4|
|1993||Western Voyage||Rookaria||Rose Of Marizza||1:08.6|
|1992||Jolly Old Mac||Aishan||Century Rising||1:09.9|
|1991||Grandiose||Diamond Zephyr||Grey Man||1:09.6|
|1989||Grandiose||Lonely Dreamer||Confucious Flyer||1:09.8|
For the 2011/2012 season, the Standish Handicap was held the day after New Year's Day.