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Toorak Handicap Tips & Predictions - I'm Thunderstruck tipped for deserved Group 1 win

  • The Toorak Handicap is run on Saturday, October 9
  • The 1600m race is one of three Group 1s 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)
Justin Darcy 08 Oct 2021
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The Toorak Handicap is one of three Group One events contested on Caulfield Guineas Day, with I'm Thunderstruck heading the betting market .

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.

Who will win in another competitive edition of the mile race?

2021 Toorak Handicap Tips

Best Bet - I'm Thunderstruck

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.

I'm Thunderstruck - 2.80Toorak Handicap Best BetBET HERE
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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.

Elephant - 5.50Toorak Handicap Next Best BetBET HERE
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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.

Aysar - 31.00Toorak Handicap Value BetBET HERE
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Toorak Handicap FAQs

When is the 2021 Toorak Handicap?

The 2021 Toorak Handicap is scheduled to run on Saturday, October 9 at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne.

What distance is the Toorak Handicap?

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

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.



I'm Thunderstruck is the one they have to beat, but have a saver on Elephant and a unit on Aysar in case of a blowout.

Best Bet: I'm Thunderstruck To Win $2.80 at Ladbrokes Australia - 7 Units
Next Best Bet: Elephant To Win $5.50 at Neds - 2 Units
Value Bet: Aysar Each-Way $31.00 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit

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