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2021 Toorak Handicap Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The Toorak Handicap is a Group One on Saturday's Melbourne meeting
  • This feature is run over 1600 metres at Caulfield
  • Can I'm Thunderstruck claim a deserved Group One?
Toorak Handicap Tips
I'm Thunderstruck is the horse to beat in the Toorak Handicap. (Getty)
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Justin Darcy 07 Oct 2021
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The Toorak Handicap is one of three Group One events contested on Caulfield Guineas Day, which is the first of three feature programs run over the Caulfield Cup Carnival.
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A famous 1600m race that dates all the way back to 1881, the key lead-up event is generally the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes run a fortnight earlier, while the handicap conditions sees big and competitve fields assembled each year.

At $2.80 with Sportsbet, I'm Thunderstruck heads the market for the 2021 Toorak Handicap.

2021 Toorak Handicap Betting Odds

                                                                                                                            
NoHorseTrainerJockeyBarrierWeightOdds
1TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 358kg$9.50
2SUPERSTORM Danny O'Brien Damien Oliver 1056.5kg$11
3SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 1156kg$12
4ELEPHANT (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Damian Lane 555.5kg$5.50
5LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 1354kg$81
6DICE ROLL (FR) Nick Ryan Fred Kersley 153.5kg$10
7HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams Michael Dee 1453kg$34
8QUANTUM MECHANIC Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Craig Newitt 652.5kg$21
9AYSARBen & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 752kg$31
10IRISH FLAME (NZ) Brett Scott Matthew Cartwright (a) 1252kg$151
11I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 452kg$2.80
12SO YOU ASSUME Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 952kg$18
13SECOND SLIP (NZ) Will Clarken Ms Linda Meech 252kg$18
14EMBOLISM Danny O'Brien Damien Thornton 852kg$34
Odds provided by Sportsbet. Correct on October 6 - 12.41pm.

2021 Toorak Handicap Tips


Toorak Handicap 2021 Best Bet - I'm Thunderstruck

GET $3.50 for I'm Thunderstruck to finish 1st or 2nd

He was incredibly unlucky not to win the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes after copping plenty of checks coming into the straight and getting well out of his ground out the back.

This time he draws much more favourably in barrier four where he can settle closer in the run which will actually have him within a striking distance on the bend.

I'm Thunderstruck is short for a handicap, but deservedly so as he would be carrying more weight had he of won the Rupert Clarke last start.

Toorak Handicap 2021 Next Best Bet - Elephant

He showed in the Sandown Stakes that he has proper ability and that his Feehan Stakes second was no fluke. 

Elephant gets 1kg off Superstorm which could reverse that Feehan Stakes result here, and he has great tactical speed to settle near the pace and have a good start on the like of I'm Thunderstruck.

He has a great will to win and if the favourite has no luck once again, this gelding could shoot clear and prove too hard to reel in.

Toorak Handicap 2021 Value Bet - Aysar

I keep falling for him, but back down in the weights and a similar run to what we saw in the Rupert Clarke says that he can be competitive.

Aysar had every chance last week at Flemington, but I am not sure the big weight suited him, it is like it took away his turn of foot.

From gate seven, he is going to likely find a spot two or three from the lead, and back to the Caulfield mile suits where he was placed second in the Caulfield Guineas last year.

Toorak Handicap FAQs

When is the 2021 Toorak Handicap?

The 2021 Toorak Handicap is scheduled to run on Saturday, October 9.

Where is the Toorak Handicap held?

The Toorak Handicap is held at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.

What distance is the Toorak Handicap?

The Toorak Handicap is run over a distance of 1600 metres.

Who won the 2020 Toorak Handicap?

Mr Quickie won the 2020 Toorak Handicap.

How can I live stream the 2021 Toorak Handicap?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Toorak Handicap and all other Australian horse races.

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Verdict

We will be having our main bet on I'm Thunderstruck, saving on Elephant and just having one unit on Aysar in case of a blowout.
Best Bet: I'm Thunderstruck To Win $2.80 at Sportsbet - 7 Units
Next Best Bet: Elephant To Win $5.50 at Sportsbet - 2 Units

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