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The Toorak Handicap is a Group 1 open handicap race held annually at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne Spring racing carnival in October. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $400,000 in prizemoney. The 2015 Toorak Handicap was won by Lucky Hussler from Disposition with Stratum Star 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.

The Toorak Handicap takes place at Caulfield racecourse on Guineas day which is the first day of the three-day Caulfield racing carnival and is one of three Group 1 races held on the day alongside the Caulfield Guineas and Caulfield Stakes.

The second day of the Caulfield carnival the following Wednesday features the Gr1 Thousand Guineas for fillies while the third and final day is the next Saturday which sees the running of the main feature race of the Caulfield carnival, the Gr1 Caulfield Cup.

Toorak Handicap info
Date: Saturday 8th October 2016
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $400,000
2015 Winner: Lucky Hussler

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 Gr1 Sir Rupert Stakes at Caulfield is a handy lead-up race to this event and Trust In A Gust (2014), Barely A Moment (2005) and Regal Roller (2004) have managed to take 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.

Lucky Hussler (2015) finished sixth in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before storming home to win this event and recent Toorak Handicap winners include Trust In A Gust (2014) and Solzhenitsyn (2012-13).

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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 Gr2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day after winning this race. Poor Judge (3rd in 2011) took out the Gr3 Chatham Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington after finishing third here.

All American (8th in 2009) scored an easy victory in the Gr1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington on the final day of the carnival and , Gold Salute (2nd in 2009) ran third the same race.

2015 Toorak Handicap result
1. $6.00 Lucky Hussler 58.0 Glen Boss
2. $5.00 Disposition 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
3. $8.00 Stratum Star 57.0 Craig Williams

then followed
4. $21.00 Ninth Legion 55.5 Blake Shinn
5. $21.00 Flamingo Star 54.5 Craig Newitt
6. $11.00 Abidewithme 52.0 Patrick Moloney
7. $31.00 Jacquinot Bay 53.5 Chris Parnham
8. $20.00 Strawberry Boy 56.0 Jim Cassidy
9. $41.00 Leebaz 56.0 James Winks
10. $18.00 Hopfgarten 54.0 Glen Colless
11. $19.00 Akavoroun 52.0 Luke Currie
12. $71.00 Puccini 55.5 Ben Melham
13. $17.00 Kenjorwood 55.0 Vlad Duric
14. $13.00 Hi World 54.5 Kerrin McEvoy
15. $12.00 Noble Protector 54.0 Michael Walker
16. $61.00 Rhythm To Spare 52.0 Daniel Moor
17. $81.00 Moonovermanhattan 52.0 Michael Dee

Margins: 1.25L, 0.10L
Time: 1:34.57

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Toorak Handicap recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2015 Lucky Hussler Disposition Stratum Star 1:34.5
2014 Trust In A Gust Speediness Desert Jeuney 1:35.2
2013 Solzhenitsyn Trevieres Blackie 1:36.4
2012 Solzhenitsyn Spirit Song Yosei 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
2006 Red Dazzler Rewaaya Niconero 1.37.5
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
1997 Penghulu Catalan Opening Ravarda 1.35.2
1996 Poetic King Scenic Royale Shame 1.35.8
1995 Sober Suit Seascay Danarani 1.35.2
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
1983 Showmeran Ringtrue French Current 1:36.4
1982 Magari Avatar Oriental Ruler 1:36.7
1981 Penny Edition Silver Bounty My Axeman 1:36.0
1980 Torbek Consenting Watney 1:39.6
1979 Manaroa Marjoleo Grey Sapphire 1:40.5
1978 Salamander Crepellox Hyperno 1:36.5
1977 Nunkalowe Tulla Honey Lady Blintz 1:37.4
1976 Visit My Good Man Military Road 1:42.5

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