Toorak Handicap History

Racingbase Staff in Toorak Handicap 23 Feb 2020
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The Toorak Handicap has a rich and prestigious history which dates back to its first running in 1881 when Josephine won the race.

It 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).