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 $125,000 in prizemoney. The 2012 Bill Ritchie Handicap was won by Steps In Time from Said Com with Wild And Proud third.
This race was held at Rosehill for the 2011-2012 racing season and takes place on the same day as the Gr1 George Main Stakes. The winner is exempt from a ballot and penalty in the Epsom Handicap.
The Bill Ritchie Handicap is a handicap race over 1400m and can sometimes attract horses planning to progress to the Gr1 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.
Steps in Time (2012) finished unplaced in the Gr3 Tramway Quality Hcp over 1400m at Warwick Farm prior to winning this race and recent Bill Ritchie Handicap winners include Thankgodyou’rehere (2011) and Drumbeats (2010).
2012 Bill Ritchie Handicap result
1. $6.00 Steps in Time 57.0 Jim Cassidy
2. $4.40 Said Com 55.5 Corey Brown
3. $8.00 Wild And Proud 56.5 Nash Rawiller
4. $5.50 Speediness 56.0 Glyn Schofield
5. $71.00 I Think I Do 54.5 Kerrin Mc Evoy
6. $6.50 Dare To Dream 54.5 James Mcdonald
7. $4.60 Torio'S Quest 56.5 Hugh Bowman
8. $26.00 Sainthood 54.5 Blake Shinn
9. $26.00 Herculian Prince 58.0 Nathan Berry
Margins: 1 1/4 len, Nose Time: 1:23.15
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