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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 2016 Toorak Handicap was won by He's Our Rokkii from Great Esteem with Tivaci 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.
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.
He's Our Rokkii (2016) won a Handicap race over 1400m at Caulfield before gaining a late split to win this event in classy style and recent Toorak Handicap winners include Lucky Hussler (2015) and Trust In A Gust (2014).
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.
2016 Toorak Handicap result
1. $2.50 He's Our Rokkii 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
2. $31.00 Great Esteem 52.0 Chris Parnham
3. $21.00 Tivaci 52.0 Patrick Moloney
4. $11.00 Royal Rapture 55.0 Mark Zahra
5. $19.00 Awesome Rock 58.0 Stephen Baster
6. $7.50 Bon Aurum 56.0 Kerrin McEvoy
7. $26.00 Jacquinot Bay 55.0 Damian Lane
8. $15.00 Thames Court 52.0 Corey Brown
9. $15.00 Moral Victory 52.0 Ben Allen
10. $5.50 Counterattack 54.5 James McDonald
11. $61.00 Cosmic Cube 53.0 Craig Newitt
12. $17.00 Miss Rose De Lago 54.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
Margins: 0.4 len, 0.5 len Time: 1:36.18
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