Toorak Handicap

Looking for information on this year’s Toorak Handicap? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know.

The Toorak Handicap is a Group 1 race run at Caulfield, open to all (except maidens), and is one of the most closely watched mile races during the Spring Carnival.

This race makes a nice lead in to the Cantala Stakes, which is also a mile race, taking place at Flemington during the famous Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Offering $1,000,000 in prize money after having its stakes doubled in 2021, the Toorak Handicap takes place in October as part of the bumper Caulfield Guineas Day card.

Horses out of the Toorak Handicap may also continue onto the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) back at the track a fortnight later with five to complete the double, but not since Leilani (1974).

Toorak Handicap 2021 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 9th, 2021 
  • Track Location: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,600 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Handicap
  • Qualification: Maidens excluded
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Melbourne Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $1,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1881
  • 2021 Toorak Handicap Winner: I’m Thunderstruck

Toorak Handicap 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Toorak Handicap results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 9, 2021.

  1. #11 I’m Thunderstruck
  2. #1 Tofane
  3. #2 Superstorm

I’m Thunderstruck ($3.20F) was excellent saluting for the punters in the 2021 Toorak Handicap results defeating the brave top-weight Tofane with Superstorm third again in the mile feature ahead of his shot at the $7.5 million Golden Eagle in Sydney.

Toorak Handicap Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Toorak Handicap
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s The Toorak Handicap.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s The Toorak Handicap. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in The Toorak Handicap, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within The Toorak Handicap, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within The Toorak Handicap to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within The Toorak Handicap to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within The Toorak Handicap to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from The Toorak Handicap, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Toorak Handicap In 2021

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    • Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
    • Make sure to check out the form guide, once it’s released
    • Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options
    • Select the horse(s) for the race.

Toorak Handicap 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Toorak Handicap will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

WHICH HORSE WILL WIN THE 2021 toorak handicap

When looking at which horse will win the Toorak Handicap in 2021 it is crucial to consider form indicators like the lead-up runs of the spring hopefuls, their experience over the mile and the weight each runner is allocated under the handicap conditions of the race.

Other important factors to determine the Toorak Handicap winner include:

  • Four-year-old Fancies: Four-year-olds have dominated the recent Toorak Handicap results.
  • Sir Rupert Lead-Up: The Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes has been the best lead-up guide to the Toorak in the past decade with Trust In A Gust (2014) the last to do the double.

toorak handicap FAVOURITES 2021

The early 2021 Toorak Handicap favourites include smart Shocking four-year-old I’m Thunderstuck and last start Sandown Stakes winner Elephant.

From 2010-21 six Toorak Handicap favourites saluted for the punters, most recently Land Of Plenty ($4.20 in 2018) and I’m Thunderstruck ($3.20 in 2021).

Toorak Handicap Field 2021

The official Toorak Handicap 2021 field of final acceptances is released the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Toorak Handicap final field features 14 runners including the top three out of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes – Sierra Sue, Dice Roll and Saturday’s lightweight favourite in gate four I’m Thunderstruck.

  • Scratched: #7 Harbour Views (14); #9 Aysar (7)

Toorak Handicap 2021 Tips

Favourite: #11 I’m Thunderstruck ($2.80 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #11 I’m Thunderstruck to salute for the punters (see above)

Best Roughie: #8 Quantum Mechanic ($26 at time of publish)

Check back here the week of the race for our insider 2021 Toorak Handicap betting tips and selections with a full tipping preview to be published on the Neds Blog.


Toorak Handicap Race Day 2021

The 2021 Toorak Handicap takes place on Saturday, the 9th of October, 2021 as part of a huge 2021 Caulfield Guineas Day card that features 10 races including three Group 1 events. 

Other key events held on Caulfield Guineas Day include the:

  • Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m);
  • Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) run in 2021 as the Neds Might And Power Stakes;
  • Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m);
  • Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m);
  • Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m); and the
  • Group 3 Northwood Plume Stakes (1200m).

Toorak Handicap 2021 Nominations

Closing time for nominations is 12 PM on Monday the 4th of October, 2021.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 97x7211x34 TOFANE (NZ) M 6 Michael Moroney 1 58kg 115
2 7×06041171 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 2 56kg 111
3 x90736x413 SUPERSTORM G 5 Danny O’Brien 3 56.5kg 108
4 1x111x121 ELEPHANT (NZ) G 5 Emma-Lee & David Browne 4 55.5kg 106
5 3312133×03 QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 5 52.5kg 104
6 57x0140x95 LUNAR FOX H 4 Paul Preusker 6 54kg 103
7 53x4x11x0x NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE) G 6 Peter G Moody 7 54kg 103
8 x0x11143x2 DICE ROLL (FR) G 7 Nick Ryan 8 53.5kg 102
9 14x3640x13 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 7 Matthew Williams 9 53kg 101
10 2x229x0446 AYSAR H 4 Ben & JD Hayes 10 52kg 99
11 11x5823x30 IRISH FLAME (NZ) G 7 Brett Scott 11 52kg 99
12 81×9312111 SO YOU ASSUME M 4 Shane Nichols 12 52kg 96
13 15×13113 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 13 52kg 96
14 x11125x112 SECOND SLIP (NZ) G 5 Will Clarken 14 52kg 91
15 51180×6481 WINNING PARTNER G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 15 52kg 91
16 541×401232 JUST FOLK G 5 Josh Julius 16 52kg 82
17 615x0485x3 EMBOLISM G 4 Danny O’Brien 17 52kg 80

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Toorak Handicap 2021 Weights

The race is run under handicap conditions. Final weights will be declared on Monday, the 4th of October, 2021. The official Toorak Handicap 2021 weights on the final field will be published in our above Toorak Handicap Field section. 

Mr Quickie (59kg in 2020) was the last Toorak Handicap top-weight to win.

2021 Toorak Handicap Topweight: 

  • #1 Tofane (58kg)

Toorak Handicap 2021 Acceptances

Acceptances will be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 6th of October, 2021. The official 2021 Toorak Handicap acceptances will be published in our above Toorak Handicap Field section. 

Toorak Handicap 2021 jockeys

Riders must be announced by 1 PM on Wednesday, the 6th of October, 2021. The official 2021 Toorak Handicap jockeys will be published in our above Toorak Handicap Field section. 

toorak handicap BARRIER DRAW 2021

The barrier draw announcement will come in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 6th of October, 2021. The official 2021 Toorak Handicap barriers will be published in our above Toorak Handicap Field section.

Toorak Handicap Scratchings 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM, Saturday, 9th October, 2021.

2021 Toorak Handicap Scratchings: 

  • #7 Harbour Views (14); #9 Aysar (7)

Toorak Handicap Race Number 2021

The 2021 Toorak Handicap is set to run as Caulfield Race 9 at 5:10pm (AEDT) on Saturday October 9, 2021 at Caulfield Racecourse. There are ten races in total that day at Caulfield.

Toorak Handicap 2021 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Toorak Handicap Form Guide following final acceptances. 


toorak handicap LIVE 2021

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Toorak Handicap live, across the following mediums.

Free-to-air television: Seven Network

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Stream Online: 7Live

Toorak Handicap Winners

Winners of the Toorak Handicap dating back to 1983 are listed in the below table.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2021 I’m Thunderstruck Jye McNeil Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr. 1:34.87
2020 Mr Quickie Jamie Kah Phillip Stokes 1:35.81
2019 Fierce Impact Craig Williams Matthew Smith 1:35.19
2018 Land Of Plenty Damian Lane Darren Weir 1:34.52
2017 Tosen Stardom Damian Lane Darren Weir 1:35.8
2016 He’s Our Rokkii Dwayne Dunn David and B Hayes and T Dabernig 1:36.1
2015 Lucky Hussler Glen Boss Darren Weir 1:34.5
2014 Trust In A Gust Brad Rawiller Darren Weir 1:35.2
2013 Solzhenitsyn Nash Rawiller Robert Heathcote 1:36.4
2012 Solzhenitsyn Corey Brown Robert Heathcote 1:35.2
2011 King Mufhasa Michael Rodd Stephen McKee 1:36.2
2010 More Joyous Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse 1:36.4
2009 Allez Wonder Michelle Payne Bart Cummings 1:35.0
2008 Alamosa Craig Newitt Mick Price 1:36.9
2007 Divine Madonna M Rodd Mark Kavanagh 1.37.3
2006 Red Dazzler J A Cassidy Mick Price 1.37.5
2005 Barely A Moment Craig Williams Tony McEvoy 1.37.9
2004 Regal Roller M Flaherty Clinton McDonald 1.37.4
2003 Roman Arch L Currie Robbie Laing 1.36.0
2002 Shot of Thunder G Boss John O’Shea 1.36.1
2001 Show of Heart G Boss B N Miller 1.35.8
2000 Umrum J A Cassidy L M Macdonald 1.36.4
1999 Umrum E A Wilkinson L M Macdonald
1998 Marble Halls J A Cassidy D L Freedman
1997 Penghulu G J Childs H E Parnham
1996 Poetic King S D Marshall D L Freedman
1995 Sober Suit B Prebble J W Edwards
1994 Oppressor D Taggart G Mance
1993 Golden Sword S R King J Denham
1992 Ready To Explode S R King John Meagher
1991 Comrade J A Cassidy DR G Chapman
1990 Ricochet Rosie Mick Dittman G H Walter
1989 Cole Diesel M Kerr G Mance
1988 Planet Ruler B York D A Hayes
1987 Caledonian Boy P Hyland J J Moloney
1986 Canny Lass J Marshall Rick Hore-Lacy
1985 King Phoenix M Goreham T R Howe
1984 Mr. Ironclad P Jarman B J McLachlan
1983 Showmeran G Doughty K Neman Jr.