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 prizemoney. The 2018 Toorak Handicap was won by Land Of Plenty from Hartnell with Siege Of Quebec 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.
Online bookmaker Ladbrokes is the Melbourne Racing Club's wagering partner.
|Date:||Saturday 12th October 2019|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Land Of Plenty|
|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 Gr1 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.
Land Of Plenty (2018) ran third in the Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before producing a strong finish to win this event for the Darren Weir stable.
Recent Toorak Handicap winners include Tosen Stardom (2017) and He's Our Rokkii (2016).
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 Gr1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington on the final day of the carnival and , Gold Salute (2nd in 2009) ran third the same race.
1. $4.20 Land Of Plenty 53.0 Damian Lane
2. $8.50 Hartnell 59.0 James McDonald
3. $10.00 Siege Of Quebec 52.0 Stephen Baster
4. $8.00 Shillelagh 53.5 Michael Walker
5. $14.00 Cliff's Edge 52.0 Craig Williams
6. $19.00 Waging War 52.0 Ben Thompson
7. $12.00 Noire 52.0 Michael Dee
8. $31.00 Fierce Impact 53.0 Regan Bayliss
9. $71.00 Radipole 52.0 Jye McNeil
10. $26.00 Muraaqeb 52.0 Cory Parish
11. $21.00 Dollar For Dollar 52.5 Luke Currie
12. $61.00 Al Passem 52.0 Beau Mertens
13. $7.50 Jungle Cat 58.5 James Doyle
14. $81.00 Kingsguard 52.0 Patrick Moloney
15. $26.00 Lite’N In My Veins 52.5 Ms Linda Meech
16. $31.00 Black Heart Bart 56.0 John Allen
17. $41.00 Hellova Street 52.5 Dean Holland
18. $101.00 Lord Langley 52.0 Dean Yendall
Margins: 1.25 len, 0.5 len
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|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|