Toorak Handicap Tips & Betting AdVICE

Toorak Handicap 2019

Date Saturday, October 12, 2019
Track Caulfield Racecourse
Distance 1600m
Class Group 1
Race Type Handicap
Prizemoney $500,000
Age No Age Restriction


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Toorak Handicap betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Toorak Handicap pointers are:

  • The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is the key lead up race
  • Trainer Darren Weir has an excellent record
  • The barrier draw plays little part in determining the outcome


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The Toorak Handicap is one of four Group 1 races held on Caulfield Guineas Day.

The highlight is the stallion-making Caulfield Guineas (1600m) which is worth $1 million. Supporting the Guineas is the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m).

The Toorak Handicap is run under handicap conditions with the topweight receiving 58kg and the minimum weight being 52kg.

The Toorak Handicap has a rich and prestigious history which dates back to its first running in 1881 when Josephine won the race.

It has had a number of name variations during its history which started with the Toorak Handicap, The IXL, The Elders Mile and then back to the Toorak Handicap.

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, a Group 1 event held over 1400m at Caulfield, is the key lead-up race to the Toorak Handicap with the past four winners of the race having come through that lead-up event.

Following the Toorak Handicap, a number of runners will progress to the $1 million Emirates Stakes (1600m) held at Flemington in November.

One path is to compete in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day prior to the Emirates whilst the occasional Cox Plate runner will also compete in the Emirates Stakes.

A couple of superstars have won the Caulfield Cup after racing in the Toorak Handicap and they are The Trump (1937), Royal Gem (1946), Galilee (1966), Tobin Bronze (1967) and Leilani (1974).

Galilee would not only win the Caulfield Cup but also the Melbourne Cup in the same year while Tobin Bronze won the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate in 1967 after his Toorak victory.

Notable winners of the Toorak Handicap include The Trump (1937), Royal Gem (1946), Galilee (1966), Tobin Bronze (1967), Gunsynd (1971), Leilani (1974), Umrum (1999 & 2000), Show A Heart (2001), Roman Arch (2003), Regal Roller (2004), Barely A Moment (2005), Divine Madonna (2007), More Joyous (2010), Solzhenitsyn (2012-13), Lucky Hussler (2015) and Tosen Stardom (2017).

Toorak Handicap Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Umrum
2001 Show A Heart
2002 Shot Of Thunder
2003 Roman Arch
2004 Regal Roller
2005 Barely A Moment
2006 Red Dazzler
2007 Divine Madonna
2008 Alamosa
2009 Allez Wonder
2010 More Joyous
2011 King Mufhasa
2012 Solzhenitsyn
2013 Solzhenitsyn
2014 Trust In A Gust
2015 Lucky Hussler
2016 He’s Our Rokkii
2017 Tosen Stardom
2018 Land Of Plenty
2019 Fierce Impact


A fair course that provides most runners an even chance when the rail is True position. When the rail is out shifted our 6 metres or more it favours on pace runners and leaders.

The track’s unique triangular shaped layout comprises of three straights and all turns have a 4% to 6% banking which places less strain on horse’s joints.


The first Caulfield Cup was run in the autumn of 1879, and was transferred to the spring in 1881. The track was closed during the war and was used as an army camp, with the Caulfield Cup being run at Flemington.

Renovations to the track and grandstand have made it one of the premier racecourses in Australia with top class facilities for the horses, club members and the public.

The racecourse is located approximately eight kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, on the boundary of Caulfield and Caulfield East in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs.