The Group 1 Toorak Handicap has been won by Solzhenitsyn at Caulfield Racecourse last Saturday October 13, 2012.
The six-year-old won the race by almost half a length ahead of Spirit Song, who placed second, and Yosei, who ran a huge race to finish in third.
Solzhenitsyn was paying odds of $5 to win the 2012 Toorak Handicap at bookmaker.com.au.
It was just the second Group 1 win for trainer Robert Heathcote, who was elated after the race was run.
Heathcote was also lucky enough to win the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes with stable star Buffering.
“To win a Group 2 race with Buffering and back it up with a Group 1 with Solzhenitsyn, it doesn’t get much better,” Heathcote said.
More Joyous was favourite to continue her unbeaten spring campaign in the 2012 Toorak Handicap, however, the 60 kilogram top weight proved to be too much for the superstar mare.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse insisted she was still on track for a run in the $3 million Cox Plate on October 27, 2012, at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
“There is disappointment because she didn’t win, but I was still happy – she never stopped trying,” Waterhouse said.
“You can’t win them all and this is the sort of tough run she needed.
“The good news is the mare has pulled up well and we can look forward to getting her ready for the Cox Plate.”
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2012 Toorak Handicap Race Results
|1||7||SOLZHENITSYN (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||Corey Brown||–||3||52kg||$5|
|2||8||SPIRIT SONG||Aaron Purcell||Craig Williams||0.4L||1||52kg||$21|
|3||4||YOSEI||Stuart Webb||Glen Boss||0.8L||9||52.5kg||$14|
|4||1||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||3.3L||4||60kg||$2.30F|
|5||2||KING MUFHASA (NZ)||Stephen Mckee||Michael Rodd||3.7L||2||59.5kg||$9|
|6||9||TOKUGAWA||Leon Corstens||Steven King||4.1L||8||52kg||$17|
|7||5||STEPS IN TIME||John O’Shea||Craig Newitt||4.3L||5||52kg||$14|
|8||6||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings||Michael Walker||5.8L||7||52kg||$41|
|9||3||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney||James McDonald||11.8L||10||56.5kg||$9|
|10||10||ULUNDI||Pat Carey||Timothy Bell||12.55L||6||52kg||$201|