Toorak Handicap

The Group 1 Toorak Handicap is held every October at Caulfield and is worth $400,000. 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.

2018 Toorak Handicap result


1stLand Of Plenty ($4.20)
2ndHartnell ($3)
3rdSiege Of Quebec ($4.10)

2018 Toorak Handicap betting odds

Land of Plenty is the favourite for the Toorak Handicap. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Darren Weir-trained Land Of Plenty is the early $5 favourite to win the 2018 Toorak Handicap after a powerful run in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

Godolphin import Jungle Cat, who took out the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, is on the next line of betting at the $7 quote at Ladbrokes.

Stablemate to the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Osborne Bulls ($9) is the only other runner in single figures.

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 11 winners at double-figure odds in the last 33 years and the average price is an incredible $24.82.

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 three 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 is a trainer to follow, 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.

Toorak Handicap – Recent runnings

  • 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
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