The Toorak Handicap is one of the more competitive handicaps on the Australian racing calendar and a maximum field lines up on Saturday.
The Caulfield feature includes the likes of Hartnell, Jungle Cat and Black Heart Bart, but looking to dethrone the older horses will be the likes of Land of Plenty, Noire and Siege of Quebec.
Handicap conditions makes for an exciting affair and we have our best bet, best each way and best roughie for the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.
2018 Toorak Handicap final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Toorak Handicap 2018
Land of Plenty @ $6 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
Jungle Cat @ $12 – BET NOW
Dollar For Dollar @ $18 – BET NOW
Toorak Handicap 2018 Form Guide & Tips
Hartnell ($6) – BET NOW
Hartnell turned around his form to score a win in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap last start and his confidence should be sky high now.
The 13-time winner was often playing second-best to Winx, but his performances had dropped off a touch when running in behind the likes of Magic Consol and Showtime.
That turned around last start and he’s always a danger in any race.
Jungle Cat (Best Each Way – $12) – BET NOW
$12 for an internationally-performed runner which won the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke at his first Australian start is crazy money.
Charlie Appleby has dominated in Australia and the Dubai-performed six-year-old is now shooting for his fifth consecutive win.
Not easy to carry 58.5kg to victory in this race but he’s way over the odds.
Black Heart Bart ($41) – BET NOW
Not running close to his best and retirement beckons for the former quality runner. $41 should realistically be around $65.
Shillelagh ($4.80) – BET NOW
Far too short in the market given her winning record of seven wins from 27 starts. The largely underperforming mare hasn’t won for a long time now and although her run in the Epsom was good, this is a different race.
Her racing style often gets the better of her and it will be hard to make ground from the back in such a big field.
Wouldn’t touch $4.80 but could entertain $10 if she drifts.
Land of Plenty (Best Bet – $6) – BET NOW
A turn-of-foot is needed to win most Group 1 races in Australia at this distance and Land of Plenty possesses one of the best.
The Weir-trained five-year-old scorched home behind Jungle Cat last start and although drawing barrier 19 will force him back, he has better acceleration than many of his rivals here.
Carrying 53kg is going to assist nicely and he’s ready to break through at this level.
Dollar For Dollar (Best Roughie – $19) – BET NOW
Exceeded expectations when running second in the Rupert Clarke and sitting on the speed could prove vital here.
The six-year-old is a winner of eight from 19 starts and proved that he can muster enough ability at this level last start. That run was a good indication for this and he could show a good kick around the turn with only 52.5kg on his back.
Hellova Street ($35) – BET NOW
Natural front runner which could have some company this time around. Better-performed at easier levels than this and a win would be a shock.
I Am A Star ($23) – BET NOW
Has impressed with consecutive wins leading into this, but they came against only moderate fields and finding a good spot from barrier 15 will make it tough on the mare.
$23 is a good price but only place options appeal.
Lite’n In My Veins ($46) – BET NOW
Has been in poor form this campaign following some success earlier on. That’s not going to match up well here and he should be at longer odds.
Noire ($12) – BET NOW
Noire will be a popular pick with some punters, mostly due to her recent record. The Waller-trained mare is a winner of seven from 15 starts but the majority of those have come against midweek types.
Any runner at 52kg is a chance of causing an upset, however, and she looks an outside chance of doing that.
Siege of Quebec ($12) – BET NOW
One of the more enigmatic runners going around, Siege of Quebec doesn’t know what consistency is but that makes him dangerous.
The well-bred son of Fastnet Rock won at Randwick two back before working home OK in the Epsom Handicap behind Hartnell. Is he good enough to win this? Probably not, but the 52kg is a good leveler.
Cliff’s Edge ($15) – BET NOW
Returned to form with a nice win at Caulfield last start but his ability has dropped off this season and we can’t see him winning this.
Kingsguard ($41) – BET NOW
Best results have come in moderate Saturday-grade races in Sydney and that form won’t cut it here. Better suited in something much easier.
Muraaqeb ($13) – BET NOW
Flies under the radar and his run for fifth in the Epsom was a nice effort. He could have a big-race win in store sometime soon, but maybe wait for the autumn.
Inside draw is a bonus and he’s not the worst at $13.
Radipole ($81) – BET NOW
Two poor efforts this time in. Needs to lift just to run in the first half of the field.
Lord Langley ($46) – BET NOW
Japanese form hasn’t quite stood up this season in Australia and this seven-year-old looks well past his prime.
Waging War ($15) – BET NOW
Has attracted some attention in the betting market but first four hopes would be best here. Fifth behind Cliff’s Edge last start and we can’t see him figuring.
Al Passem ($41) – BET NOW
Likely to struggle and the draw doesn’t help.
Fierce Impact ($81) – BET NOW
Unlikely to get a run and should be $200 if he does.