Wide Open Toorak Handicap!

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It's a tough mile and TattsBet punters are finding it just as tough to sort out a favourite for Saturday's Group 1 Toorak Handicap on a fabulous day of racing at Caulfield. At this stage, nothing separates the top five in the betting - Bull Point , Arabian Gold , Trust In A Gust , Commanding Jewel  and Solicit .

A Handicap over 1600m, the Toorak boasts prize money of $400,000, with $240,000 going to the winner. Darren Weir's Trust In A Gust has an impressive formline, having toppled Dissident (leading Cox Plate contender) in the Group 1 Rupert Clarke over 1400m last outing. On that occasion the four-year-old carried 52kg, now he's got 56.5kg and an extra 200m. From the all-conquering Chris Waller stable, Bull Point comes out of the same race, having stormed home from tenth at the 800m mark to finish third, less than two lengths behind Trust In A Gust. This time he meets his conqueror 2kg better at the weights and has drawn gate two compared to Trust In A Gust's barrier 11.

Arabian Gold has travelled south after toppling Catkins first up over 1400m at Rosehill and has won two of her three second up starts. Another plus for the four-year-old daughter of Dubawi is she's won at Caulfield previously and over the same distance. However, the second outside gate is a negative. Fellow classy mares Commanding Jewell and Solicit are also big threats.

Trained at Newmarket in England, Marco Botti's Guest Of Honour adds extra spice at his first run since winning two mile races in the UK in June and July. Team Hawkes could supply the knock out horse in Atlante . He beat Trust In A Gust first up over 1200m and had no luck when finishing eighth in the Rupert Clarke. The son of Fastnet Rock has a handy 4.5kg weight advantage on the Moonee Valley victory a month ago. 

On a super Saturday of racing, there are three other Group 1s at Caulfield - the Caulfield Guineas, the Thousand Guineas and the Caulfield Stakes.

Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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