Epsom Handicap

  • Date: Saturday October 3, 2015
  • Racecourse: Randwick
  • Race Distance: 1,600m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Prize Money: $500,000

2016 Epsom Handicap News

Hauraki Early Favourite in Epsom Handicap Betting

Hauraki Early Favourite in Epsom Handicap Betting

The John O’Shea-trained George Main Stakes runner-up Hauraki heads the futures betting markets for the Epsom Handicap to run at Royal Randwick Racecourse this weekend.

Recent Tramway Stakes winner Hauraki is early favourite to win the 2016 Epsom Handicap at Randwick Racecourse this Saturday in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

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The 2015 Epsom Handicap is a Group 1 race that is held each year in early October at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

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Run under handicap conditions, the Epsom Handicap is the premier handicap event of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Worth $500,000 in prize money, the Epsom Handicap is run over a miler’s distance of 1,600 metres. The Epsom Handicap features on the same day as the Group 1 Metropolitan and the Group 1 Flight Stakes for three-year-old fillies.

The first Epsom Handicap took place back in 1863 when it was won by a horse named Dundee. The race was not run in 2007 due to the outbreak of equine influenza throughout Australia. Throughout the Epsom Handicap’s long history, a number of horses have claimed successive race wins. This includes Masquerade (1881-82), Melodrama (1906-07), Chatham (1932-33), Toi Port (1963-64), Super Impose (1990-91) and Desert War (2004-05). The fastest winning Epsom Handicap time was set by Final Fantasy (2001) with 1 minute and 22.45 seconds, while the slowest winning time of the Epsom Handicap was recorded by High Law in 1952 who won the race in 1 minute and 43 seconds.

Horses that perform well in the Epsom Handicap often go on to run in races such as the Group 2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day later in the month. Other notable winners of the Epsom Handicap include Nightmarch (1929), De La Salle (1948), Noholme (1959), Sky High (1961), Gunsynd (1971), Imposing (1979), Theseo (2008) and Captain Sonador (2010).

Epsom Handicap Field

The Epsom Handicap has a rather large field, with the race allowing a maximum of 20 runners to compete plus emergencies. The field is chosen based on a balloting system that assigns a number to each horse that is nominated for the race. The horses with ballot numbers one to 20 will make it into the final field. Ballot numbers are predominantly decided on a horse’s handicap rating. The higher the handicap rating a horse has, the lower the ballot number will be. Handicap rating is decided on things such as prize money won in the past two years and a horse’s performance in recent races. Horses may also gain entry to the Epsom Handicap by winning certain eligible lead-up races that grant them automatic entry into the Epsom Handicap. Horses that win races such as the Group 3 Tramway Handicap and the Group 1 George Main Stakes are then able to beat the ballot to gain entry into the Epsom Handicap.

The Epsom Handicap field is open to all horse aged three-years-old and upwards and is run under handicap conditions. This means that those horses that are rated the highest will carry the heaviest weight. This is done to ensure that all horses in the field have a close to equal chance of winning. The Epsom Handicap field is always made up of a strong field of milers, who are capable of being competitive at Group 1 level over the 1,600 metre distance.

The 2015 Epsom Handicap field is below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 15x4700x19 HOOKED John P Thompson Tye Angland 2 58kg 108
2 0x49376x64 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Zac Purton 4 57.5kg 111
3 28x2460x23 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 14 57.5kg 107
4 x7515211x1 WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 13 57kg 110
5 7x299x5383 MESSENE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 8 57kg 106
6 x28840x332 RUDY Helen Page Luke Tarrant (a) 9 56kg 104
7 x21141x621 SILVERBALL (FR) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5 56kg 104
8 14x2614x24 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Glen Boss 7 56kg 104
9 1x6650x555 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent Blake Shinn 10 56kg 103
10 38x2240x96 SWEYNESSE John O’Shea James McDonald 11 56kg 101
11 1x42154x11 SADLER’S LAKE Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 3 56kg 92
12 17412311×2 SONS OF JOHN Jason Attard Jeff Penza 15 56kg 98
13 11x2677x02 MALICE John O’Shea Joao Moreira 1 56kg 96
14 30x210x737 TERONADO Bruce W Hill Jason Collett 6 56kg 88
15 1194x7x063 PRESSING Mick Price Glyn Schofield 12 56kg 83

2015 Epsom Handicap Nominations

The 2015 Epsom Handicap nominations were released at the same time as other major Sydney races the Metropolitan Handicap and the Spring Champion Stakes. There are bound to be some great horses listed on the 2015 Epsom Handicap nominations.

The 2015 Epsom Handicap nominations will be listed below.

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 15x4700x19 HOOKED H 5 John P Thompson 1= 58kg 108
2 x7515211x1 WINX M 4 Chris Waller 1= 57kg 110
3 x970x12x14 BOBAN G 6 Chris Waller 3 58kg 116
4 x18x111x56 CONTRIBUTER (IRE) H 6 John O’Shea 4= 57.5kg 115
5 0x7433x132 ROYAL DESCENT M 6 Chris Waller 4= 55.5kg 115
6 167x2114x4 HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 6 56.5kg 113
7 x43431x521 KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 7= 56kg 112
8 951511×263 PORNICHET (FR) H 5 Gai Waterhouse 7= 56kg 112
9 0x49376x64 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees 9= 57.5kg 111
10 1121226×15 CATKINS M 6 Chris Waller 9= 53.5kg 111
11 212x167x46 LUCKY HUSSLER G 6 Darren Weir 11= 54.5kg 109
12 123x621x06 AMANPOUR M 5 Gai Waterhouse 11= 52.5kg 109
13 28x2460x23 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 13 57.5kg 107
14 7x299x5383 MESSENE G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14= 57kg 106
15 3352x0x339 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 14= 53kg 106
16 32x5611x44 STRAWBERRY BOY G 7 Chris Waller 14= 53kg 106
17 30082×2490 WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 14= 53kg 106
18 x94460x110 AMICUS M 4 Chris Waller 14= 52kg 106
19 x3x1112x26 ALPINE EAGLE H 4 Tony McEvoy 19= 52.5kg 105
20 346x5120x2 CHARLIE BOY G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 19= 52.5kg 105
21 x630210x09 LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19= 52.5kg 105
22 x127202x36 NINTH LEGION G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19= 52.5kg 105
23 2x2332x731 STRATUM STAR H 4 Darren Weir 19= 52.5kg 105
24 1324x113x0 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) M 6 Robert Smerdon 19= 52kg 105
25 14x2614x24 ECUADOR (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 25= 56kg 104
26 x28840x332 RUDY G 5 Helen Page 25= 56kg 104
27 x21141x621 SILVERBALL (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 25= 56kg 104
28 411x82x094 FLAMINGO STAR (GER) H 6 Chris Waller 25= 52kg 104
29 1x6650x555 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 29= 56kg 103
30 0x86690x48 ARABIAN GOLD M 5 Gai Waterhouse 29= 52kg 103
31 4x1141x98 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 29= 52kg 103
32 3350x19x87 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 5 John O’Shea 29= 52kg 103
33 38x2240x96 SWEYNESSE H 4 John O’Shea 33= 56kg 101
34 1122x24x12 DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 33= 52kg 101
35 1x9Px570x0 GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE) G 7 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 33= 52kg 101
36 x171117x27 HAZARD M 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 33= 52kg 101
37 x331231441 KENJORWOOD G 6 Peter G Moody 33= 52kg 101
38 x7348x0x43 MAY’S DREAM M 5 Darren Weir 33= 52kg 101
39 4x2111x507 HI WORLD H 4 Peter G Moody 39= 52kg 100
40 112789×272 JACQUINOT BAY G 8 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 39= 52kg 100
41 21x2131x6 TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker 39= 52kg 100
42 17412311×2 SONS OF JOHN G 5 Jason Attard 42= 56kg 98
43 80x5797x60 AOMEN (IRE) G 8 Anthony Cummings 42= 52kg 98
44 125236×356 KINGDOMS (NZ) G 6 Brian Smith 42= 52kg 98
45 745x458x29 AKAVOROUN G 6 Ciaron Maher 45= 52kg 97
46 3330×48504 DESERT JEUNEY G 6 Nigel Blackiston 45= 52kg 97
47 11x2677x02 MALICE G 5 John O’Shea 47= 56kg 96
48 1x60212x07 HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea 47= 52kg 96
49 1x290x3890 PETROLOGY H 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 49= 52kg 95
50 1x59504x97 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney 49= 52kg 95
51 6x12212x08 SENSE OF OCCASION G 5 Joseph Pride 49= 52kg 95
52 2124x621x5 ATLANTIS DREAM (NZ) M 7 Darren Weir 52 52kg 94
53 2x96834x70 CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) H 6 Bjorn Baker 53 52kg 93
54 1x42154x11 SADLER’S LAKE G 4 Chris Waller 54= 56kg 92
55 384x452x78 SYSMO (FR) G 7 Tony McEvoy 54= 52kg 92
56 83x8431x75 BEST CASE (NZ) G 5 Anthony Cummings 56= 52kg 91
57 x2240651x0 JABALI H 4 Mick Price 56= 52kg 91
58 2232111083 BERRY DELICIOUS M 4 Jason Coyle 58= 52kg 90
59 6x12971x38 YESTERDAY’S SONGS G 5 Michael Moroney 58= 52kg 90
60 1111x8x524 HE OR SHE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 60= 52kg 89
61 x8x137423x SAN DIEGO G 5 John O’Shea 60= 52kg 89
62 1x33171x47 SLIGHTLY SWEET M 4 Jason Coyle 60= 52kg 89
63 30x210x737 TERONADO G 5 Bruce W Hill 63= 56kg 88
64 1515×35578 ADORABEEL (NZ) M 6 Joseph Pride 63= 52kg 88
65 117x28x144 KING KINSHASA (GB) G 5 Gai Waterhouse 63= 52kg 88
66 10320x2x51 VELOX (GB) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 63= 52kg 88
67 6211375×17 WORTHY CAUSE H 4 John Zielke 67 52kg 87
68 x114817x55 BALLET SUITE M 4 Chris Waller 68= 52kg 86
69 811621×000 LOVED UP M 4 Brett Cavanough 68= 52kg 86
70 62627×3378 WINE TALES M 4 Chris Waller 68= 52kg 86
71 4313x11x12 GOD’S IN HIM G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 71 52kg 84
72 1194x7x063 PRESSING H 4 Mick Price 72= 56kg 83
73 1122×26 SARDAAJ (NZ) M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 72= 52kg 83
74 012x3549x5 SPY DECODER (NZ) G 5 Anthony Cummings 74 52kg 82
75 7300×74295 PACIFIC HEIGHTS (IRE) G 7 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 75 52kg 81
76 x31932x513 FAROLITOS G 4 John O’Shea 76= 52kg 80
77 8×14131117 SKYLINE BLUSH M 4 Anthony Cummings 76= 52kg 80
78 321121x1x1 START WONDERING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 76= 52kg 80
79 x02349x970 SUPARA M 4 Gai Waterhouse 79 52kg 79
80 3616x340x8 REKINDLED POWER H 4 Paul Messara 80= 52kg 78
81 73331154×3 TASHBEEH H 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 80= 52kg 78
82 21265×6703 TESTASHADOW G 4 Gary Portelli 82 52kg 76
83 113x6535x THINKING OF YOU (NZ) M 4 Peter G Moody 83= 52kg 75
84 63115734×7 ZARZALI M 4 James Cummings 83= 52kg 75
85 1x120x12 AZKADELLIA (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher 85= 52kg 73
86 19x313x120 HIS MAJESTY (IRE) G 6 Kim Waugh 85= 52kg 73
87 248364209x EXCITED PRINCE G 6 Jason Coyle 87 52kg 72
88 32174×1 PUZZLING WONDER H 4 Anthony Cummings 88 52kg 70
89 6×89444466 SCRATCH ME LUCKY G 4 Paul Perry 89= 52kg 69
90 1x320x0 SKYLIMIT H 4 Gai Waterhouse 89= 52kg 69
91 51x2846x56 SWORN TO SILENCE (NZ) G 4 Bryce Heys 91 52kg 68
92 240x708x64 BETTER LAND H 4 Peter G Moody 92 52kg 67
93 42×23 SAN TELMO G 5 Anthony Cummings 93 52kg

Epsom Handicap Form Guide

The Epsom Handicap is often used as a form guide for the remainder of the spring carnival. Horses that perform well in the Epsom Handicap are usually expected to be competitive in races such as the Caulfield Guineas for three-year-olds, Toorak Handicap, Thousand Guineas for three-year-old fillies, Seymour Cup, Crystal Mile, Myer Classic for fillies and mares, Inglis Miles for mares aged four-years-old and upwards, Hawkesbury Gold Cup and the Caulfield Guineas. However, most of the runners in the Epsom Handicap are likely to be angling towards an Emirates Stakes run. The Emirates Stakes is worth a total of $1 million in prize money and is run under quality handicap conditions over the same distance. Being the richest mile-long race of the Spring Carnival, this is a usual target for all Epsom Handicap runners. Therefore, the Epsom Handicap can be used as a good guide when deciding what horse is likely to perform in the Emirates Stakes.

When trying to pick a winner in the Epsom Handicap, races such as the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes, Tramway Handicap, George Main Stakes, Tea Rose Stakes, Stutt Stakes, Shannon Stakes, Stan Fox Stakes and Edward Manifold Stakes are good form guides to follow.

Epsom Handicap Betting

The Epsom Handicap is known for offering quality odds on most of the field. This is due to the fact that most of the horses have won stakes races in the past and are extremely talented. Therefore, it is always hard to choose which horse will win, particularly under handicap conditions, where it is the handicapper’s job to try and ensure that all horses have an equal chance of winning. So for people who are confident that a particular horse will win, there is an opportunity to make big dividends.

People may choose to place bets such as a straight forward win or place bet on the Epsom Handicap. A roughie that manages to place in the Epsom Handicap can pay very healthy odds for finishing in the top three. The usual quinella, exacta, trifecta, mystery trifecta and quadrella bets are also popular on the Epsom Handicap.

As with all the main spring carnival feature races, it is common for people to place a double bet on the Epsom Handicap. Bets such as the George Main Stakes/ Epsom Handicap double, Manikato Stakes/ Epsom Handicap double, Epsom Handicap/ Caulfield Guineas double, Epsom Handicap/ Thousand Guineas double, Epsom Handicap/ Caulfield Cup double, Epsom Handicap/ Cox Plate double, Epsom Handicap/ Victoria Derby double, Epsom Handicap/ Melbourne Cup double, Epsom Handicap/ Crown Oaks double and Epsom Handicap/ Emirates Stakes double are widely popular.

Epsom Handicap Odds

Epsom Handicap odds are first released when nominations are announced approximately one month before the race is run. There can be up to 100 horses nominated for the Epsom Handicap and odds are available on all horses at good odds. However, should a nominated horse not make the final field, or choose not to run, then all stakes placed on that horses will be lost. Horses that are high up in the ballot order are usually offered at lower odds than those that do not look like they will make it into the final field.

Odds are re-released when the final field and barrier draw comes out closer to the race date. This has a big impact on the odds, with horses traditionally having a higher winning chance from one of the inside gates. It is easy for a runner to be caught wide after jumping from a wide barrier, or alternatively they may have to use up a lot of early energy to get across to the inside of the track. Any horses that are caught wide will be caught running a longer race than the rest of the field, causing them to often run out of steam before they can make their final sprint. Therefore, odds are usually shorter for horses with good barriers.

Epsom Handicap Tips

People choose to formulate their own Epsom Handicap tips by weighing up a variety of different factors. Firstly, there is the barrier draw. As previously mentioned, horses with a good inside draw are usually favourable to those who have to work hard early from the outside. A lot of people’s Epsom Handicap tips are dictated by the state of the track. If the track is wet then it is likely that people will turn to proven wet-track runners to feature heavily in their tips for the race.

Also, certain horses may have a very good second-up record. If this is the case and they are currently running in their second race of the preparation, people may tip them as likely winners. This also goes for horses that never seem to win their first start following a spell. These horses would not be likely tips if they were competing in their first run.

The most common way for people to formulate Epsom Handicap tips is by looking at certain lead-up races. How a horse performed in other handicap 1,600 metre races in the spring is usually a good guide as to how they will perform in the Epsom Handicap.

Epsom Handicap Day

Epsom Handicap Day is held at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. The day also goes by the name of “Super Saturday”, with eight races on the day being of Group status. The Epsom Handicap shares its day with the Group 1 The Metropolitan, Group 1 Flight Stakes, Group 2 Premiere Stakes, Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes, Group 2 Premiere Stakes and Group 3 Craven Plate. Epsom Handicap Day is worth a total of $2.35 million in prize money.

Epsom Handicap Day is the final day of the Sydney Spring Racing carnival, with Melbourne taking over with Caulfield Guineas Day and the Caulfield Carnival as of the next weekend.

Epsom Handicap Day is one of the biggest race days in New South Wales and consistently brings tens of thousands of patrons to Randwick Racecourse to watch the races each year.

Epsom Handicap Results

The Epsom Handicap is one of the oldest races in Australia, being first run in 1863 when it was won by Dundee. The youngest jockey to win a race in the Epsom Handicap was Jim McHugh, who won the 1927 race aboard Robin Hood weighing just 27 kilograms and aged just 11 years and 4 months in his second ever race start.

Champion race horses such as Amounis (1926, 28), Nightmarch (1929), Chatham (1932-33), Sky High (1961), Gunsynd (1971), Imposing (1979) and Super Impose (1990-91) have all won the Epsom Handicap. The Epsom Handicap continued to be run during World War 1 and World War 2, however did not take place in 2007 due to Equine Influenza.

Below you will find a list of winners and results for the Epsom Handicap since the year 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2016 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2015 1 Winx 2 Ecuador 3 Sons Of John 1:34.58
2014 1 He’s Your Man 2 Royal Descent 3 Hooked 1:33.34
2013 1 Boban 2 Streama 3 Toydini 1:34.43
2012 1 Fat Al 2 Ambidexter 3 Rolling Pin 1:34.56
2011 1 Secret Admirer 2 Pinker Pinker 3 Red Tracer 1:35.59
2010 1 Captain Sonador 2 Trusting 3 Sacred Choice 1:34.1
2009 1 Rock Kingdom 2 Rangirangdoo 3 Road To Rock 1:38.6
2008 1 Theseo 2 Bank Robber 3 Gallant Tess 1:36.2
2007 Race Not Run
2006 1 Racing To Win 2 Desert War 3 Malcolm 1:35.1
2005 1 Desert War 2 Johan’s Toy 3 Lotteria 1:34.5
2004 1 Desert War 2 Our Egyptian Raine 3 Tsuimai 1:37.2
2003 1 Clangalang 2 Grand Armee 3 Forum Floozie 1:35.2
2002 1 Excellerator 2 Kingsgate 3 Gordo 1:35.5
2001 1 Final Fantasy 2 Kingsgate 3 Crawl 1:22.5
2000 1 Shogun Lodge 2 Landsighting 3 Chinhoyi 1:33.5