Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2019 Toorak Handicap. The race will take place on Saturday, 12 October, 2019, and will be the headline on a big day of racing at Caulfield.
A race which captures the imagination of punters, the Toorak Handicap is one of four Group 1 features held on Caulfield Guineas Day.
We provide you with Toorak Handicap tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live Toorak Handicap stream to watch the race unfold.
Looking for the winner of the Toorak Handicap can be a daunting task, but keeping some important factors on your side can help you.
Our experts assess all the Toorak Handicap runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2019 Toorak Handicap tips to help you back the winner.
Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2019 Toorak Handicap tips and selections.
Leading bookmakers TAB, Ladbrokes or Neds have the latest 2019 Toorak Handicap betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the Toorak Handicap betting markets in the days leading up to the race and prior to as contenders emerge.
SEE THE LATEST TOORAK HANDICAP BETTING MARKET AT NEDS
Australia’s leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Toorak Handicap (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Caulfield races including the Toorak Handicap streamed live online at Ladbrokes, CrownBet and Sportsbet. To find out how to stream the 2019 Toorak Handicap live, see our guide to watch the race.
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 recent winners of the race having come through that lead-up event.
A few 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).
Founded in 1859, Caulfield Racecourse hosts around 20 race days every year, headlined by the Caulfield Cup.
The track is commonly known at ‘The Heath’ following the early days in which jockeys would ride through rough bush, heath and sand hills during races.
The name is now renowned across Australia and New Zealand for representing Caulfield’s superb racing and entertainment venue.
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.
Following the 1995 Caulfield Cup, the course underwent a significant reconstruction and reopened in 1996. The track’s circumference was widened to 30m and lengthened inside the home straight by around 43m.
Racing is contested in a left-handed direction at Caulfield and features long, sweeping turns. As a result, there can be a slight draw bias for those drawn low over distances further than seven-furlongs.
The course has a total circumference of 2080m including a home straight of just over 360m.
In terms of the Caulfield Cup, records throughout the 21st century have showcased a slight advantage for single digit stalls due to the course’s swift anti-clockwise bends.
Favourable positioning at Caulfield can be crucial to a contenders’ winning claims, as the setting has a short home straight of less than 400m. It means hold-up performers routinely encounter trouble in-running, resulting in many hard-luck stories.
Over shorter distances, the emphasis is placed on speed as horses seek a prominent position before turning for home. A below-par start in Caulfield’s sprint races usually results in a poor finishing position for horses, showcasing the need for sharp early pace.
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