Boban Bolts Home To Claim Epsom Handicap Victory

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Boban has burst down the outside of the track to win the Group 1 Epsom Handicap in Sydney.

The four-year-old looked too far back to cause the leaders any real dramas as they made the final turn at Royal Randwick Racecourse, however, his finishing burst proved lethal in the closing stages of the race.

Boban won the 2013 Epsom Handicap in the tightest photo finish of the day ahead of Streama, who placed second, and Toydini, who finished in third position.

Today’s win came just two weeks after Boban won the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicapat the same track.

Boban (outside) has won the Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Royal Randwick.

Boban (outside) has won the Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Royal Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart.

Trainer Chris Waller was relieved when the results were finally decided after much scrutiny of the finishing photo.

“It was a tough couple of minutes but worth the wait,” Waller said.

“He had an awkward gate and Glyn (Schofield) went back… but he did get the horse to settle.

“He’s starting to put it together as a race horse. Yeah, he’s going to make it.”

Waller attributed Boban’s success this spring to the horse maturing and developing confidence.

“Patience is the best thing,” he said.

“He’s managed to get a little bit of confidence out of that and his body’s changed.

“It’s a good horse.

“I’m very proud to be here and were also proud of our sport and it’s just a privilege to be a part of it.”

Boban was ridden by jockey Glyn Schofield in today’s $500,000 Epsom Handicap.

“He travelled well,” Schofield said.

“Fortunately I got on the back of Jimmy (Cassidy) and got sucked into the race.

“I thought I was going to win by a length.

“(But) on the line I wasn’t really sure at all.

“He had to sustain the long run.”

Schofield was quick to credit Chris Waller for Boban’s impressive form turn around.

“Full credit to Chris,” he said.

“All in one prep, he’s got the horse to turn around.

“Thanks again to Chris and the owners.”

Boban was paying odds of $6.70 to win the Epsom Handicap, while Streama was the $5 favourite.

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