The Toorak Handicap is a Group 1 open handicap race that takes place in October at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $500,000 in prize money. The 2019 Toorak Handicap was won by Fierce Impact from Night's Watch with Age Of Chivalry third.
From 1981-84 the race was known as the ‘The IXL’ and then from 1985-89 the ‘The Elders Mile’ and from 1990 onwards it has been the Toorak Handicap.
This race is held during the Melbourne spring racing carnival on Guineas day, which is the first day of the three-day Caulfield racing carnival. Feature races include the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, Group 1 Thousand Guineas and Group 1 Caulfield Stakes.
Day two of the Caulfield carnival, the following Wednesday, is home to the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes for three-year-olds. Three days later on the Saturday, the third and final day hosts the major race of the week, the Group 1 Caulfield Cup for stayers.
|Date:||Saturday 10th October 2020|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2019 Winner:||Fierce Impact|
|Toorak Handicap odds|
The Toorak Handicap is one of the better mile races of the spring carnival and attracts good horses each year, although the race is better suited to seasoned sprinter milers rather than Cup staying types. A capacity field is usually assembled for the Toorak and barrier draws can play an important part, with those drawn out wide at a distinct disadvantage.
The Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield is a handy lead-up race to this event. Smart gallopers Trust In A Gust (2014), Barely A Moment (2005) and Regal Roller (2004) have all taken out the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes & Toorak Handicap double in recent years.
Winners of this race tend to continue performing best in similar type handicap events around the same distance or slightly longer, up to 2000m, rather than the longer distances of the major cups.
Fierce Impact (2019) ran second in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap over 1400m at Randwick before heading to Melbourne to score a stylish victory in this event for the Matthew Smith stable.
Recent Toorak Handicap winners include Tosen Stardom (2017) and He's Our Rokkii (2016).
Chief Ironside (unp in 2019) and Cliff's Edge (2018) captured the Gr2 Crystal Mile at Moonee valley on Cox Plate Day after tackling this event, while Shillelagh (2018) took out the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington.
Stratum Star (3rd in 2015) returned to Caulfield the following Saturday to win the Gr3 David Jones Cup while Disposition headed to Flemington to win the Gr3 Chatham Stakes on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Solzhenitsyn (2012) ran third in the Crystal Mile, while Poor Judge (3rd in 2011) took out the Chatham Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington after finishing third here.
All American (8th in 2009) scored an easy victory in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington on the final day of the carnival and , Gold Salute (2nd in 2009) ran third the same race.
1. $18.00 Fierce Impact 54.5 Craig Williams
2. $7.00 Night's Watch 56.0 James McDonald
3. $9.00 Age Of Chivalry 54.5 Kerrin McEvoy
4. $13.00 Sikandarabad 56.0 Mark Zahra
5. $7.00 Waging War 52.0 Raquel Clark
6. $26.00 Cliff's Edge 57.5 John Allen
7. $16.00 Madison County 58.0 Damian Lane
8. $26.00 Miss Siska 52.0 Dean Yendall
9. $12.00 Widgee Turf 57.5 Billy Egan
10. $15.00 Mahamedeis 54.5 Ben Melham
11. $51.00 Streets Of Avalon 56.0 Zac Spain
12. $7.50 Princess Jenni 54.5 Damien Oliver
13. $26.00 Chief Ironside 52.0 Anthony Darmanin
14. $21.00 So Si Bon 58.0 Luke Nolen
15. $17.00 Amphitrite 55.0 Jamie Kah
16. $101.00 Order Again 54.0 Larry Cassidy
17. $61.00 Wyndspelle 56.0 Michael Dee
18. $31.00 Dyslexic 52.0 Damien Thornton
Margins: 1.75 len, 0.75 len
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|2019||Fierce Impact||Night's Watch||Age Of Chivalry||1:35.1|
|2018||Land Of Plenty||Hartnell||Siege Of Quebec||1:34.5|
|2017||Tosen Stardom||Sovereign Nation||Petrology||1:35.2|
|2016||He's Our Rokkii||Great Esteem||Tivaci||1:36.1|
|2015||Lucky Hussler||Disposition||Stratum Star||1:34.5|
|2014||Trust In A Gust||Speediness||Desert Jeuney||1:35.2|
|2011||King Mufhasa||King's Rose||Luen Yat Forever||1:36.2|
|2010||More Joyous||We're Gonna Rock||Poor Judge||1:36.4|
|2009||Allez Wonder||Gold Salute||Rock Kingdom||1:35.0|
|2008||Alamosa||Rockwood||Pillar of Hercules||1:36.9|
|2007||Divine Madonna||Niconero||Wonderful World||1.37.3|
|2005||Barely A Moment||Super Kid||Calveen||1.37.9|
|2004||Regal Roller||Osca Warrior||Infinite Grace||1.37.4|
|2003||Roman Arch||Fields Of Omagh||Umrum||1.36.0|
|2002||Shot Of Thunder||Umrum||Pernod||1.36.1|
|2001||Show A Heart||La Zagaletta||Shot Of Thunder||1.35.8|
|2000||Umrum||Go Flash Go||Crawl||1.36.4|
|1999||Umrum||Nina Haraka||Go Flash Go||1.36.0|
|1998||Marble Halls||Rustic Dream||Umrum||1.38.2|
|1996||Poetic King||Scenic Royale||Shame||1.35.8|
|1994||Oppressor||Poetic King||Spring Theme||1.35.2|
|1993||Golden Sword||Never Undercharge||Azzurro||1.35.8|
|1992||Ready To Explode||Excited Angel||Prince Salleri||1.43.7|
|1991||Comrade||Livistona Lane||Black Sun||1.36.1|
|1990||Ricochet Rosie||Comrade||Cool Credit||1:37.2|
|1989||Cole Diesel||Glenview||Planet Ruler||1:36.0|
|1988||Planet Ruler||Hazy Pond||Our Westminster||1:35.3|
|1987||Caledonian Boy||Vo Rogue||Globetrotter||1:35.9|
|1986||Canny Lass||Lockleys Tradition||Federalism||1:36.2|
|1985||King Phoenix||Wise Call||Shifnal Prince||1:36.8|
|1984||Mr Ironclad||Riverdale||King Phoenix||1:36.1|
|1981||Penny Edition||Silver Bounty||My Axeman||1:36.0|
|1977||Nunkalowe||Tulla Honey||Lady Blintz||1:37.4|
|1976||Visit||My Good Man||Military Road||1:42.5|