Toorak Handicap

Toorak Handicap

Group One Betting Guide
Month: October
Location: Caulfield Racecourse
Prize Money: $500,000
Distance: 1,600m

The Group 1 Toorak Handicap is held every October at Caulfield and is worth $500,000. The 1600m handicap is regarded as one of the best mile races in Australia and if punters are looking for value this race is for them.

Unlike many other Melbourne spring carnival races the Toorak suits horses paying a good price. This pleases punters, especially those wanting to make some money before the Melbourne Cup a few weeks later.

More Joyous has been the most impressive winner of the Toorak Handicap when it won carrying 58kg in 2010. That was one occasion where punters found a favourite ($2.20), but there has generally been good value on offer with the bookmakers.

2020 Toorak Handicap betting odds

The 2020 Toorak Handicap is a hard one to decipher early on for punters, with the Mike Moroney trained Buffalo River coming up a $4.00 favourite after an impressive first up run a fortnight ago. With two dominant performances in his past two starts Junipal is rightly in the market at $5 and will be looking to claim is maiden Group 1 victory. I Am Superman and Superstorm are the only other runners in single figures, with plenty of value to be found in the remainder of the field with proven Group 1 performers such as Mr Quickie, Cascadian and Age Of Chivalry at decent each way odds.

Best Toorak Handicap bookmakers

The Toorak Handicap isn’t a race that’s on the tip of every punters’ tongue, but the bookies offer great value which has been snapped up over the last few years.

Markets will open 1-2 months in advance of the race with most bookmakers waiting for final nominations to come in. Some of the top bookmakers will open up all-in markets which don’t provide insurance if your selected runner doesn’t start in the race, but the odds are more appealing.

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Toorak Handicap betting guide

In the last 10 years, only four favourites have won which includes More Joyous, Trust In A Gust, Solzhenitsyn and Red Dazzler, but the race is set for a good-value runner.

Because the race is early October, many of the spring carnival fancies are just starting to warm up and this is where punters can strike. There have been 12 winners at double-figure odds in the last 34 years and the average price is an incredible $24.16.

The value is also with the New Zealand and former New Zealand runners. There has been three individual winners come out of New Zealand with four wins among them – Solzhenitsyn winning back-to-back in 2012/2013. Alamosa won in 2008 paying $9 and the Stephen McKee-trained King Mufhasa won in 2011 paying the same price.

Allez Wonder caused one of the biggest upsets in recent history, winning at odds of $40 in 2009. It defeated a field that included Raheeb, Black Piranha, All American and King Mufhasa.

Victorian form is the way to go when betting the Toorak Handicap. Only four winners had their most recent run in Sydney, so stick with the runners which have had plenty of experience at the difficult Caulfield track.

The best jockey to back is Glen Boss who has ridden three winners from 13 starts. Only Jimmy Cassidy has better stats, but with his retirement comes the end of a good punting opportunity.

Darren Weir was a trainer to follow prior to his suspension, especially given his form over the last few years. Weir has had four runners for two wins and one placing, winning with Trust In A Gust and Lucky Hussler in consecutive years.

2019 Toorak Handicap result

1stFierce Impact ($17.70)
2ndNight’s Watch ($2.40)
3rdAge Of Chivalry ($3.10)

Toorak Handicap – Recent runnings

  • Despite drawing barrier 15 in a field of 18 and being Three Wide the trip, it was no issue as Fierce Impact wins the G1 Toorak Handicap in soft fashion. Craig Williams was able to get the stallion in the moving line early, and when asked for an effort at the 600 metre mark he was able to put away the big field with ease when claiming the lead at 150 metre mark and left the remainder of the field flat footed, and in the process handing Williams his second Toorak Handicap.
    • Land Of Plenty was one of the favoured runners coming into the 2018 Toorak Handicap and backers were not let down. Settling towards the back of the field after a hot tempo up front, Land Of Plenty was able to snag three-wide cover heading into the second half of the race which proved decisive. The Weir runner ambled up alongside the front runners and shot straight past them at the 200m, with Humidor staying on well to finish in second.
    • Tosen Stardom paid a great price for punters in 2017, winning at odds of $10.50. The Darren Weir-trained import was coming off a frustrating autumn campaign, but it had the class edge over a field which lacked strong group one winning form. Outsiders finished in the placings which further added to the depth worries about the race, but the result landed a massive $344,422 first four result with Mark Of Time running fourth. Read race report.
    • He’s Our Rokki made it five consecutive wins in Melbourne when winning the Toorak Handicap. Favourite punters scored another big win on the day and it continued the roll of trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig who trained four winners on the big day.
    • Lucky Hussler gave trainer Darren Weir his second consecutive win in 2015. The then six-year-old was well liked in the market after a string of consistent performances and it established its class over the final 100m. The beaten brigade haven’t gone on to become major winners of note, but Disposition, Stratum Star and Strawberry Boy were all worthy rivals. The win also gave Glen Boss his third win in the race.
    • The son of Keep The Faith Trust In A Gust battled well in the straight to hold off the fast-finished Speediness. The win was Darren Weir’s first Toorak Handicap winner and one of his career highlights at the time. The 2014 field has subsequently been one of the weakest in history. Many of the beaten runners have performed well since, but only at handicap level. Solicit is the exception with numerous black type victories – it finished well down the track in eighth, but was found to be lame.

    Toorak Handicap past winners list

    Year Toorak Handicap Past Winner
    2019 Fierce Impact
    2018 Land Of Plenty
    2017 Tosen Stardom
    2016 He’s Our Rokkii
    2015 Lucky Hussler
    2014 Trust In A Gust
    2013 Solzhenitsyn
    2012 Solzhenitsyn
    2011 King Mufhasa
    2010 More Joyous
    2009 Allez Wonder
    2008 Alamosa
    2007 Divine Madonna
    2006 Red Dazzler
    2005 Barely A Moment
    2004 Regal Roller
    2003 Roman Arch
    2002 Shot Of Thunder
    2001 Show A Heart
    2000 Umrum
    1999 Umrum
    1998 Marble Halls
    1997 Penghulu
    1996 Poetic King
    1995 Sober Suit
    1994 Oppressor
    1993 Golden Sword
    1992 Ready To Explode
    1991 Comrade
    1990 Ricochet Rosie
    1989 Cole Diesel
    1988 Planet Ruler
    1987 Caledonian Boy
    1986 Canny Lass
    1985 King Phoenix
    1984 Mr. Ironclad
    1983 Showmeran
    1982 Magari
    1981 Penny Edition
    1980 Torbek
    1979 Manaroa
    1978 Salamander
    1977 Nunkalowe
    1976 Visit
    1975 Plush
    1974 Leilani
    1973 Princess Eulogy
    1972 All Shot
    1971 Gunsynd
    1970 Tauto
    1969 Crewman
    1968 Tried And True
    1967 Tobin Bronze
    1966 Galilee
    1965 Ripa
    1964 Nicopolis
    1963 Nicopolis
    1962 Gay Filou
    1961 Anonyme
    1960 Gabonia
    1959 Smokey Jane
    1958 Tudor Hill
    1957 Mac’s Amber
    1956 Farquhar
    1955 Harmonist
    1954 Plato
    1953 Desert Breeze
    1952 Desert Breeze
    1951 Jovial Lad
    1950 Grey Boots
    1949 Saxony
    1948 Saxony
    1947 Don Pedro
    1946 Royal Gem
    1945 Huntingdale
    1944 The Bohemian
    1943 Burberry / Counsel
    1942 Crojick
    1941 Sun Valley
    1940 Gold Salute
    1939 Hilton
    1938 El Golea / Ena
    1937 The Trump
    1936 The Chanter
    1935 Epigram / Journal
    1934 Sir Simper
    1933 Chilperic
    1932 K. Cid
    1931 Glenanton
    1930 The Gay Mutineer
    1929 Highland
    1928 Kalloni
    1927 Textile
    1926 Abdera
    1925 Metellus
    1924 Soorak
    1923 Sonora
    1922 The Tyrant
    1921 Stare
    1920 Lord Setay
    1919 St. Mira
    1918 Prince Royal
    1917 King’s Bounty
    1916 Rael Locin
    1915 Miss Meadows
    1914 Rathlea
    1913 Valido
    1912 Uncle Sam
    1911 Motoa
    1910 Sequarious
    1909 Irishman
    1908 Soultline
    1907 True Scot
    1906 Iolaire
    1905 Dandalla
    1904 Ossian
    1903 F.J.A.
    1902 Kinglock
    1901 Bonnie Chiel
    1900 Lochaber
    1899 Alva
    1898 Massinissa
    1897 Paul Pry
    1896 Hopscotch
    1895 Mostyn
    1894 Devon
    1893 Titan
    1892 Fortunatus
    1891 Zalinski
    1890 Precedence
    1889 Maelstrom
    1888 Bothwell
    1887 Dufferin
    1886 Middlemarch
    1885 Mentmore
    1884 Precious Stone
    1883 Bar One
    1882 Verdure
    1881 Josephine