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Toorak Handicap

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.

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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.

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Toorak Handicap info

Date: Saturday 12th October 2019
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $500,000
2018 Winner: Land Of Plenty
spring racing 2019 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).

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Shillelagh (2018) took out the Gr1 Empire Rose Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington after winning this event, while Cliff's Edge (2018) captured the Gr2 Crystal Mile at Moonee valley on Cox Plate Day.

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.

2018 Toorak Handicap result

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

then followed
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
Time: 1:34.52

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Toorak Handicap winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
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