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 2017 Toorak Handicap was won by Tosen Stardom from Sovereign Nation with Petrology 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.
|Date:||Saturday 14th October 2017|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2017 Winner:||Tosen Stardom|
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.
Tosen Stardom (2017) finished sixth in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before scoring a stirring victory in this event and recent Toorak Handicap winners include He's Our Rokkii (2016) and Lucky Hussler (2015).
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.
1. $10.00 Tosen Stardom 57.5 Damian Lane
2. $21.00 Sovereign Nation 52.0 Beau Mertens
3. $101.00 Petrology 52.0 Chris Parnham
4. $91.00 Mask Of Time 52.0 Daniel Moor
5. $81.00 Seaburge 55.0 Mark Zahra
6. $8.50 Tom Melbourne 55.0 Glen Boss
7. $5.50 Egg Tart 53.5 Damien Oliver
8. $51.00 Turnitaround 54.5 Ben Thompson
9. $41.00 Jacquinot Bay 52.0 Ben Allen
10. $26.00 Wyndspelle 52.0 Ms Nikita Beriman
11. $14.00 Omei Sword 52.0 Stephen Baster
12. $6.00 Mr Sneaky 52.5 Dean Yendall
13. $101.00 He Or She 54.5 Dwayne Dunn
14. $31.00 Snitzson 52.0 Cory Parish
15. $9.00 Comin’ Through 53.5 Michael Walker
16. $31.00 Kaspersky 56.0 Luke Nolen
17. $7.00 Theanswermyfriend 52.0 Michael Dee
18. $20.00 I Am A Star 54.5 Ben Melham
Margins: 1 len, 1 len
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|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|