The Toorak Handicap is an annual quality handicap Group 1 race that comes as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The event is held at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse in Victoria, South East Australia. Run over 1600M, the Toorak Handicap is a perfect mile race for emerging horses and in its illustrious history, the event has always elicited great emotions and passion from different horses that have featured in it.
The Toorak Handicap is today worth up to $350,000 in prize money and in last year’s edition of the race, Solzhenitsyn had to produce a strong final push to win the title. Coming through in second and third respectively was Trevieres and Blackie in what was a hotly contested race. The Toorak Handicap has endured a number of name changes for the last three decades. The event debuted as The IXL in 1985 and was then renamed to The Elders Mile four years later. However, the race has maintained the same name since 1990 after it was renamed yet again to the Toorak Handicap.
The event will feature on the same date as major group 1 races that include the Caulfield Stakes and the Caulfield Guineas. The Toorak Handicap is ideal for sprinters experienced in mile races and in most cases the event is always won by a high quality or in-from horse. The most ideal build up race for the Toorak Handicap is the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and the last horse to win these two races in the same year was Barely A Moment in 2005. The same success was also replicated by Regal Roller in 2004.
The Toorak Handicap is a great guide to other handicap races and winners in the race always put up great performances in other major middle distance races. Poor Judge for example finished second in the race back in 2011 on course towards a remarkable victory in the Group 3 Chatham Stakes. Solzhenitsyn is however the only horse in recent years to win the Toorak Handicap consecutively in 2012 and 2013. The race is expected to be a major highlight in the Melbourne Spring this year.
Toorak Handicap recent winners & placegetters
|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|