The Bill Ritchie Handicap is a premier 3yo sprint event that is held annually in September at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse in New South Wales but in the 2011-12 season, the race was held at the Rosehill Racecourse. Run over a distance of 1400M, the Bill Ritchie is one of the major Sprint races in the Sydney Spring and last year, Boban was the proud winner in this race after shaking off a strong challenge from other equally talented horses. Beltone had to settle for second with Choice Bro coming through closely in third.
Winners in the Bill Ritchie Handicap get an exemption from balloting in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap. In the 2014 Spring Carnival the race will feature on the Randwick Racecourse along the Group 1 George Main Stakes. For many horse trainers and jockeys, the Bill Ritchie Handicap is the ideal build up for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap.
The race is often won by classy and more than handy sprinters and even though in recent years no horse has managed a Bill Ritchie Handicap and Epsom Handicap Double, Captain Sonador in 2010 came close after finishing third in the Bill Ritchie Handicap on course towards victory in the Epsom Handicap. The ideal lead-up races for the event include The Group 3 Newcastle Cameron Handicap and the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes.
Some of the notable horses to feature in the Bill Ritchie Handicap include 2007 champion Race Not Run, McClintock back in 2009, and Drumbeats in 2010. The Bill Ritchie Handicap is one of Australia’s classic races and in its proud history the event has built a strong identity as one of the most competitive races. This year’s edition is expected to attract even classier and high quality sprinters to fight it out for honors in the race.
Bill Ritchie Handicap recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Manawanui||Rock Sturdy||Tougher Than Ever||1:21.7|
|2012||Steps In Time||Said Com||Wild And Proud||1:23.1|
|2010||Drumbeats||Kenny’s World||Captain Sonador||1:22.8|
|2009||McClintock||Walking Or Dancing||Faulconbridge||1:23.5|
|2007||Race Not Run|
|2004||Osca Warrior||Utzon||In a Bound||1:21.7|
|2003||Zabarra||Britt’s Best||Forum Floozie||1:22.6|
|2002||Zabarra||This Manshood||Swiss Echo||1:23.8|
|2000||Landsighting||Tie The Knot||Valuate||1:21.7|
|1999||Brave Prince||Al Mansour||Stanzaic||1:23.0|
|1998||Bezeal Bay||Deep Snip||Super Crest||1:22.8|
|1997||Holy Roller||Pimpala Son||Prairie||1:23.7|
|1996||Mamzelle Pedrille||Persian Flyer||Headstrong||1:23.2|
|1995||Monopolize||Juggler||Flight To Fantasy||1:22.6|
|1994||Rouslan||Over The Top||Big Dreams||1:22.2|
|1993||Belas Knap||Cohort||Telesto/Mighty Tango||1:21.6|
|1992||Prince Of Praise||East Ocean Friend||Stormy Guest||1:22.2|
|1990||Our Poverty Bay||Remember Peter||Mocha||1:22.7|
|1989||Royal Reel||Our Palliser||Black Routine||1:23.5|
|1988||Pleasant Flight||Gold Trump||Regal Native||1:22.2|