2015 Toorak Handicap Field and Barrier Draw

October 7th, 2015

A talented and capacity field of eighteen has been confirmed for Saturday’s 2015 Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m); highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting racing prospects.

Stratum Star has been confirmed in the 2015 Toorak Handicap final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Stratum Star has been confirmed in the 2015 Toorak Handicap final field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Stratum Star charged home to post a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago and is positioned well for continued success in the Toorak Handicap in barrier 2.

Posting four wins and a further nine minors through eighteen career starts so far, Stratum Star was a standout for Darren Weir through the recent Autumn Carnival; running third in each of the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) before placing second in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m).

Having run third in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) leading into the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, Stratum Star will be partnered by last start hoop Craig Williams in the Toorak Handicap.

Weir has confirmed we will launch a two-pronged attack on the Group 1 feature after also including Lucky Hussler in the Toorak Handicap final field.

Lucky Hussler capped an impressive 2014 Spring Carnival campaign with a close second to Hucklebuck in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), but returned this time for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m).

Having placed fourth in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) and sixth in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, Lucky Hussler has been set for this race and will leave from the ideal barrier 4.

Disposition ran a close second in the Sir Rupert Clarke last time and could very well receive the run of the race in the Toorak Handicap from barrier 7, with Dwayne Dunn aboard.

Disposition began his racing career in Perth under the guidance of Grant Williams; winning each of the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) and Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) before finishing second in Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).

Performing well through two autumn starts under the care of Wez Hunter, the Reset gelding charged home to win the Listed The Sofitel (1400m) in his first start for Lee and Anthony Freedman on September 12th; his only other start prior to the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

Classy mare Noble Protector was unable to figure late when 13th in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) first-up, but has since trialled well and is primed for success in the Toorak Handicap, particularly with only 54kgs in tow.

A standout for Robert Smerdon through autumn, the Haafhd mare won each of the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) and Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) before running on for third in less-than ideal conditions in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m).

Queensland-based raider Hopfgarten will leave from barrier 1 in the Toorak Handicap, while Jacquinot Bay has been charged with overcoming the outsider gate.

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2015 Toorak Handicap Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 212x167x46 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Glen Boss 4 58kg 109
2 2x2332x731 STRATUM STAR Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 57kg 107
3 x630210x09 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Winks 12 56kg 105
4 32x5611x44 STRAWBERRY BOY Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 16 56kg 105
5 x127202x36 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Blake Shinn 5 55.5kg 104
6 7318040×00 PUCCINI (NZ) Peter & Jacob McKay Ben Melham 3 55.5kg 104
7 1122x24x12 DISPOSITION Lee & Anthony Freedman Dwayne Dunn 7 55kg 103
8 x331231441 KENJORWOOD Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 9 55kg 103
9 x94460x110 AMICUS Chris Waller Craig Newitt 17 54.5kg 106
10 411x82x094 FLAMINGO STAR (GER) Chris Waller 14 54.5kg 102
11 4x2111x507 HI WORLD Peter G Moody Kerrin McEvoy 13 54.5kg 102
12 14x12358x0 HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote Glen Colless 1 54kg 101
13 1324x113x0 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) Robert Smerdon Michael Walker 6 54kg 105
14 112789×272 JACQUINOT BAY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Chris Parnham 18 53.5kg 100
15 4004361×18 ABIDEWITHME (NZ) Peter G Moody Patrick Moloney (a) 11 52kg 99
16 745x458x29 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher Luke Currie 15 52kg 97
17 1x59504x97 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) Michael Moroney Daniel Moor 10 52kg 96
18 10x045x933 MOONOVERMANHATTAN Mick Price Michael Dee (a) 8 52kg 92