The Victoria Handicap is a Group 3 open handicap race held each year in April on Easter Saturday at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and has prizemoney of $150,000. The 2013 Victoria Handicap was won by Budriguez from Sertorius with British General third.
The Gr3 Easter Cup takes place on the same day as the Victoria Handicap and they are the only two group races during this period in Melbourne.
The Victoria Handicap is the prominent sprint event held at Easter time in Melbourne and more often than not attracts above average gallopers, rather than the upper echelon, as most of the quality gallopers will be in Sydney at this time of year for the big money events on offer.
The race usually assembles a capacity field of gallopers with varying ability, sometimes making it a tough job for punters when trying to find a winner. It has carved its own niche on the racing calendar and is reasonable quality race for the easter period in Melbourne.
Budriguez (2013) dead-heated in the Gr2 Blamey Stakes over 1600m at Flemington before leading all the way to win this event and recent Victoria Handicap winners include Smokin Joey (2012) and Red Colossus (2011).
2013 Victoria Handicap result
1. $8.00 Budriguez 59.0 Darren Gauci
2. $4.20 Sertorius 54.0 Ryan Maloney
3. $4.60 British General 54.0 Ms Michelle Payne
4. $6.00 Launay 57.0 Steven Arnold
5. $5.50 Under The Eiffel 55.5 Noel Callow
6. $31.00 Precedence 57.5 Brad Rawiller
7. $21.00 Shout Out Loud 54.0 Daniel Stackhouse
8. $19.00 Parthian 56.0 Vlad Duric
9. $31.00 Blackie 54.0 Chris Symons
10. $26.00 Proliferate 54.0 Michael Walker
11. $15.00 Freereturn 55.0 Andrew Mallyon
12. $101.00 C’est La Guerre 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
Margins: 1 1/4 len, 1/2 neck Time: 1:23.49
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