Toorak Handicap Horse Race

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The Toorak Handicap race is part of a fantastic Guineas Day at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne (click here to learn more about horse races in Caulfield racecourse).

The 1600-metre open handicap event is one of the most important races in Australia. Toorak Handicap Group 1 fields tend to be very high quality, the race being part of a day that begins to really whet the appetite as we head towards the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

We have the race history, past winners and barrier stats for the latest event on Saturday, October 9th.

Race History

A historic race, the Toorak Handicap has been on the schedule since 1881. A traditional race held on Guineas Day at Caulfield is part of a stellar card that opens the Melbourne Racing Club’s Spring Carnival.

With Caulfield unavailable during the War, the race was temporarily moved to Flemington. Over the years, the best lead-up race for this event has proven to be the 1400-metre Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

Toorak Handicap Race Results 2020

This is how the first four showed up in the 2020 Toorak Handicap:

  1. Mr Quickie (J: Jamie Kah, T: Phillip Stokes)
  2. Buffalo River (J: Craig Williams, T: Michael Moroney)
  3. Superstorm (J: William Pike, T: Grand and Alana Williams)
  4. Age Of Chivalry (J: Damian Lane, T: Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra)

Past Winners

Despite the nature of the weights in the Toorak Handicap race meaning a more level playing field for all, winners of this event generally have to be pretty high quality. Here are the last ten Toorak Handicap winners:

  • 2020 – Mr Quickie
  • 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

Barrier Draw Statistics

The final field barrier draw is all-important in 1600 metre races at Caulfield. When the field barrier draw is announced, odds and horse racing tips are partly based on it.

Toorak Handicap Race Winners by Barrier

Here’s how each barrier has performed in the Toorak Handicap race since 1983:

Barrier Wins
1 2
2 4
3 5
4 3
5 3
7 1
8 3
9 2
10 2
11 4
12 1
14 1
15 1
17 1
18 1

Some barriers have produced no winners at all, with wide gates definitely a disadvantage. Barriers 12 and over have handed out only 5/34 winners (15%).

On the hard side, it’s not always easy either given the potential to run into traffic. With that in mind, barriers 2-8 are easily best with those gates alone accounting for 19/34 winners for a win rate of 56%.

How to Live Stream the 2021 Toorak Handicap Race

Some TV networks may be streaming the Toorak Handicap race via their apps. However, the best way to access a high-quality live stream is via a top online bookmaker.

As well as offering live horse racing betting, a lot of major firms show major races live. That includes the Toorak Handicap. Check the T&C’s of your chosen bookie first, as many will require you to place a bet or have a funded account in order to watch the coverage.


The important questions answered about the 2021 Toorak Handicap.

When is the Toorak Handicap Race 2021?

The race is run on Guineas Day – Saturday, October 9th, 2021.

What is the Prize Money for the Toorak Handicap Race?

The Toorak Handicap field will be running for a total purse of $500,000.

How Long is the Toorak Handicap Race?

The race is run over a distance of 1600 meters.

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