Toorak Handicap Tips & Preview 2022

Toorak Handicap Tips & Preview


Looking for Toorak Handicap tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2022 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.


The third of the three Group 1 races at Caulfield on Saturday is the Toorak Handicap and it is I Wish I Win that has been installed as a $2.80 favourite with ladbrokes ahead of Tuvalu at $8.50 and Military Expert at $9. Gentleman Roy is the only other contender under the double figures at $9.50. 

Pinstriped is a $13 shot, while Uncle Bryn has attracted a bit of support and is into $15. Callsign Mav, Laws Of Indices and Hilal (all $21) head the rest. 


I Wish I Win comes in with the best last start benchmark figures of any runner, going 12.6 lengths faster than standard benchmark when claiming the Testa Rossa Stakes (1300m) at Sandown. 

The former Kiwi settled back in that race and overcame a bit of traffic in the straight to win convincingly. He had four lengths on Gentleman Roy prior to that when winning first up over the 1400m at Caulfield and is just 1kg worse at the weights. 

Seven contenders come out of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and it was Callsign Mav that went a healthy 11.1 lengths faster than standard back on September 17 to claim the Group 1. 

He meets a number of rivals slightly worse at the weights but was caught three wide that day on the Heavy 9 track. With rain forecast for Caulfield in the lead up to Saturday we could get near the Heavy range yet again. 

Tuvalu was 3rd in the Rupert Clarke off an 11-week break and should have improvement to come. Buffalo River is a likely leader in the Toorak that will puncture in the straight. He was 5th in the Rupert Clarke, just behind Laws Of Indices, who stuck on for 4th. 

Dalasan, Bankers Choice and Hilal are the others to come out of the Caulfield Group 1. Bankers Choice heads into this third up and was strong late in the piece. At this stage in the autumn he improved four lengths on benchmark figures to run 6th in the Doncaster Mile at Randwick. Dalasan produced the second fastest last 200m in the Rupert Clarke. 

Another key lead up to this is the Sandown Stakes (1600m) that was held at Sandwon on the same day as the Testa Rossa Stakes. Gentleman Roy was allowed to lead that at a very slow tempo and had all the answers in the straight, holding off Military Expert by a length. Pinstriped had to much to do from the midfield and was 3rd. The winner went just three lengths faster than standard. 

Uncle Bryn creates a bit of X-factor. He was runner-up behind Military Expert two starts ago and has since finished runner-up behind Smokin’ Romans in the Naturalism Stakes (2000m). The winner out of that claimed the Turnbull Stakes last weekend. 


Hard to tip against I Wish I Win, who has been emphatic in his two wins in Australia. He is racing like the 1600m shouldn’t be a problem, while the awkward barrier shouldn’t phase him too much. Look for Luke Nolen to camp in the three-wide line, which might be the place to be at Caulfield on Saturday. Best roughie in the race is Dalasan. His peak figures have come third up at his past few preparations and he was excellent when 5th at this stage in the Doncaster at Randwick back in the autumn, while he likes a track with a bit of give in it.