The Standish Handicap is a Group 3 Australian thoroughbred horse race held under open handicap conditions, for horses aged two years old and upwards, over a distance of 1200 metres. It is held annually at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne in January. The prizemoney is AUD$200,000.
The Standish Handicap is named after Captain Robert Standish, a VRC committeeman and former Chief Commissioner of police at the time of the bushranger Ned Kelly. Standish is also credited with coming up with an idea to run a race and call it the Melbourne Cup.
1884 - 1972 held over 6 furlongs.
1973 - 2005 held over 1200 metres.
2006 held over 1100 metres.
2007 onwards held over 1200 metres.
1884 – 1979 was a Principal race.
1980 onwards was Group 3 race.