Toorak Handicap Tips & Preview 2023

Toorak Handicap Tips & Preview


Looking for Toorak Handicap tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2023 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.


It is the exciting West Australian mare, Amelia’s Jewel that heads the market at Dabble for the last of the three Group 1 races at Caulfield on Saturday and is at the $2.20 quote, while the Queensland galloper, Antino, is a $7 shot. They are the only two contenders in single figures. 

There are 17 gallopers in action and Pride Of Jenni has firmed into $12 after her last start runner-up performance behind Amelia’s Jewel and is ahead of The Inevitable is at $13. Here To Shock is at $14, while Amenable heads the rest of the contender at the $17 quote. 


Amelia’s Jewel is all the rage in the betting and has won nine of her 11 career starts. The Simon Miller-trained galloper was too strong in the recent Stocks Stakes (1600m) for the mares at Moonee Valley, going 11.9 lengths faster than standard benchmark, which is the best last start figure of any runner in this race. Pride Of Jenni stuck on well to fill the exacta that night and is 4.5kg better at the weights but the winner might have more to come. 

Antino is one of four last start winners in the race and claimed the Sandown Stakes (1500m) on October 1. The five-year-old has also won five of 11 and went 8.8 lengths faster than standard last time. He comes into this third up and was a winner at Eagle Farm over the 1400m at this stage of his last prep before claiming the Wayne Wilson Plate (1600m) by three lengths from Munhamek. 

However, the son of Redwood will have to do it from barrier 17. Here To Shock filled the exacta behind him last time draws barrier 3. The pair meet each other on level terms at the weights. 

There are a wide variety of formlines heading into the Toorak. My Oberon is also entered into the King Charles Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday and was 7th in the Epsom (1600m) at his most recent start, while The Inevitable was 8th in the Epsom. Pounding was a luckless 11th in the same race. 

The Inevitable and My Oberon were back on a slow tempo in the Sydney Group 1. Both worked home solidly and The Inevitable produced the fastest last 200m. He was 3rd in the All-Star Mile (1600m) in the autumn and comes into it if the likes of Pride Of Jenni go hard up front. 

Pinstriped comes in with the second best last start benchmark figures of any runner and claimed the Feehan Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley at his most recent start. The five-year-old was runner-up behind Mr Brightside at his only other run this preparation and there is nothing wrong with that form. Attrition was runner-up in the Feehan and has since battled over the 1800m in the Underwood Stakes (1800m) but will be better in a 1600m Handicap.  

Four runners come out of the Testa Rossa Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 23, finishing behind Buffalo River. They are Savannnah Cloud (2nd), Corner Pocket (3rd), Amenable (6th) and Bankers Choice (7th). 

The winner won’t be in action here and was allowed a bit of a free reign up front. Amenable was a bit of an eye-catcher, producing the fastest last 200m. Bankers Choice looked to be in contention before being chopped out of it with 100m to go. 

Is the a roughie that can feature? Charterhouse is one of two Maher/Eustace gallopers and has produced some excellent figures in his three runs in Australia. He produced the fastest last 200m behind Star Patrol over the 1200m in his only run this time in and will be strong late. 



Plenty of hype around Amelia’s Jewel and I don’t think we have seen the best of her just yet. She has been in cruise control in her two wins in Melbourne and Damian Lane just needs to find a spot early on from barrier 12. Hard to see her being rolled. Best roughie in the race for mine is Charterhouse. The imported galloper is down in the weights and has been excellent in his three runs since coming over. Second up last time he drew wide and was forced back at Flemington before charging home in the Winter Championship (1600m). This is harder but his performance behind Star Patrol over the unsuitable 1200m at Group 2 level on September 16 was highly encouraging and he can run into the money late in the piece.