Horse Racing | Toorak Handicap

The Toorak Handicap is one of the premier Group 1 races held in early October. Part of Caulfield Guineas Day, it is an open handicap run over 1600m. Given total prize money is $400,000 this is a keenly contested affair, often between those just below elite class. The mile stars normally have their grand final in the $1m Emirates Stakes later in the carnival. First held in 1881, it was originally the Toorak Handicap until 1981, when it was changed to the IXL. Then from 1985 to 1990, it was known as The Elders Mile, before reverting back to the Toorak Handicap.

There have been some notable winners of this race, from The Trump in 1937 to Divine Madonna in 2007 and class mare More Joyous in 2010. A number of horses have scored back-to-back victories in the Toorak including; Saxony (1948/49), Desert Breeze (1952/53), Nicopolis (1963/64), Umrum (1999/2000) and Solzhenitsyn (2012/13). The Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield is a perfect lead in the Toorak Handicap, and in the mid-2000s, Barely A Moment (2005) and Regal Roller (2004) won both races. The event is best suited to sprinter milers with a turn of foot, rather than out and out stayers.



PREVIOUS TOORAK HANDICAP WINNERS

PREVIOUS TOORAK HANDICAP WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2016 HE'S OUR ROKKII DWAYNE DUNN DAVID HAYES 01:36.1
2015 LUCKY HUSSLER GLEN BOSS DARREN WEIR 01:34.5
2014 TRUST IN A GUST BRAD RAWILLER DARREN WEIR 01.35.2
2013 SOLZHENITSYN NASH RAWILLER ROBERT HEATHCOTE 01.36.4
2012 SOLZHENITSYN COREY BROWN ROBERT HEATHCOTE 01.35.2
2011 KING MUFHASA MICHAEL RODD SHEILA CHEVAL 01.36.2
2010 MORE JOYOUS NASH RAWILLER GAI WATERHOUSE 01.36.4
2009 ALLEZ WONDER MICHELLE PAYNE BART CUMMINGS 01.35.0
2008 ALAMOSA CRAIG NEWITT MICK PRICE 01.36.9
2007 DIVINE MADONNA MICHAEL RODD MARK KAVANAGH 01.37.3
2006 RED DAZZLER JIM CASSIDY MICK PRICE 01.37.5