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 prizemoney. The 2019 Standish Handicap was won by Whispering Brook from Smart Coupe with True Excelsior 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:||Tuesday 1st January 2019|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2019 Winner:||Whispering Brook|
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.
Whispering Brook (2019) took out a Handicap race over 1100m at Flemington before winning this event in classy style for the Darren Weir stable. Whispering Brook went on to capture the Gr2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley at her next start.
Recent Standish Handicap winners include Lord Of The Sky (2018) and Odyssey Moon (2017).
1. $3.30 Whispering Brook 55.5 Dean Yendall
2. $31.00 Smart Coupe 54.0 Damien Thornton
3. $21.00 True Excelsior 54.0 Stephen Baster
4. $9.00 Holbien 54.0 Patrick Moloney
5. $15.00 Illustrious Lad 58.0 Anthony Darmanin
6. $5.00 Theanswermyfriend 59.0 John Allen
7. $7.50 Savanna Amour 55.5 Brett Prebble
8. $7.50 Call Me Handsome 55.5 Craig Williams
9. $16.00 Missrock 56.0 Ben Thompson
10. $21.00 Saint Valorem 54.0 Regan Bayliss
11. $51.00 Sylpheed 54.0 Nozi Tomizawa
12. $101.00 Proud Wolf 54.0 Tahlia Hope
Margins: 0.75 len, 0.30 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.