Epsom Handicap

  • Date: Saturday October 4, 2014
  • Racecourse: Randwick
  • Race Distance: 1,600m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Prize Money: $500,000

2014 Epsom Handicap News

Thompson Wary Of Winx In Flight Stakes

Thompson Wary Of Winx In Flight Stakes

First Seal stamped herself as 2014 Flight Stakes favourite when she defeated Winx in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on September 20, but trainer John Thompson is still wary of the threat posed by Winx in the Group 1 event at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

First Seal started the Tea Rose…

The 2014 Epsom Handicap is a Group 1 race that is held each year in early October at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. 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.

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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 2014 Epsom Handicap field is below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x54170x455 BOBAN Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1 58kg 114
2 5x4525x222 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 11 55.5kg 113
3 6x85506x38 TOYDINI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James McDonald 8 55.5kg 109
4 13x820x883 LASER HAWK Joseph Pride Corey Brown 12 53.5kg 107
5 5x5239x168 STAR ROLLING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Ms Linda Meech 2 53kg 104
6 x2340x3131 HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 10 52.5kg 103
7 14x0x2x505 HONORIUS David Payne Ms Winona Costin (a) 6 52.5kg 102
8 585534×471 HOOKED John P Thompson Sam Clipperton 14 52kg 100
9 01x385x733 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Chris Munce 9 52kg 100
10 75x0x0x644 LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE) Chris Waller Jeff Lloyd 4 52kg 96
11 x004441140 JETSET LAD (NZ) Brian Smith Anthony Allen 7 52kg 94
12 3947223×02 LIBERTY’S CHOICE Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 5 52kg 90
13 1231626×94 PHEIDON Gai Waterhouse Thomas Huet 3 52kg 86
14 1146276×61 WOODBINE Gai Waterhouse Christian Reith 13 52kg 86
15 21144×527 SPY DECODER (NZ) Anthony Cummings Jay Ford 15 52kg 73

2014 Epsom Handicap Nominations

The 2014 Epsom Handicap nominations were released at the same time as other major Sydney races the Metropolitan Handicap and the Spring Champion Stakes. There are some great horses listed on the 2014 Epsom Handicap nominations, such as Diamond Drille, Hawkspur and Honorius. 2014 Epsom Handicap nominations are listed below.

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 SACRED FALLS (NZ) Chris Waller 1= 59kg 117
2 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees 1= 53kg 108
3 CLUSTER Peter & Paul Snowden 1= 52kg 101
4 HOOKED John P Thompson 1= 52kg 100
5 BOBAN Chris Waller 5= 58kg 114
6 DISSIDENT Peter G Moody 5= 58kg 114
7 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller 7= 57kg 113
8 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller 7= 55.5kg 113
9 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 9= 56.5kg 111
10 MOMENT OF CHANGE Peter G Moody 9= 56.5kg 111
11 CRITERION (NZ) David Payne 11= 56kg 110
12 REBEL DANE Gary Portelli 11= 56kg 110
13 TOYDINI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 13= 55.5kg 109
14 COMMANDING JEWEL Leon & Troy Corstens 13= 53.5kg 109
15 LASER HAWK Joseph Pride 15 53.5kg 107
16 MESSENE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 16= 54kg 106
17 WEARY (FR) Chris Waller 16= 54kg 106
18 DIAMOND DRILLE Gai Waterhouse 16= 52kg 106
19 MONTON Ron Quinton 19= 53.5kg 104
20 LIDARI (FR) Peter G Moody 19= 53kg 104
21 SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 19= 53kg 104
22 STAR ROLLING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 19= 53kg 104
23 AOMEN (IRE) Anthony Cummings 23= 52.5kg 103
24 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 23= 52.5kg 103
25 HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller 23= 52.5kg 103
26 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 23= 52.5kg 103
27 CRACKERJACK KING (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 23= 52kg 103
28 HONORIUS David Payne 28= 52.5kg 102
29 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent 28= 52kg 102
30 SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees 28= 52kg 102
31 RECITE (NZ) John Bary 31= 52kg 101
32 RIVA DE LAGO Chris Waller 31= 52kg 101
33 ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke 33= 52kg 100
34 ATLANTE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 33= 52kg 100
35 GYPSY DIAMOND Peter & Paul Snowden 33= 52kg 100
36 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 33= 52kg 100
37 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher 37= 52kg 99
38 BULL POINT Chris Waller 37= 52kg 99
39 I’M IMPOSING (GB) Chris Waller 37= 52kg 99
40 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) Michael Moroney 37= 52kg 99
41 ZEPHYRON (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 37= 52kg 99
42 CHINTZ (NZ) Joseph Pride 42= 52kg 97
43 JACQUINOT BAY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 42= 52kg 97
44 LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE) Chris Waller 44 52kg 96
45 JETSET LAD (NZ) Brian Smith 45= 52kg 95
46 MR CHARD Tony McEvoy 45= 52kg 95
47 ROCK STURDY Joseph Pride 45= 52kg 95
48 VILANOVA (NZ) Chris Waller 48 52kg 94
49 BRAVE CENTAUR (NZ) Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison 49 52kg 93
50 CANNY BALLAD Joseph Pride 50= 52kg 92
51 SWEET AS BRO (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens 50= 52kg 92
52 ELECTRIC FUSION Robert Smerdon 52= 52kg 91
53 REAL SURREAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 52= 52kg 91
54 SINGLE Craig Carmody 52= 52kg 91
55 ESTONIAN PRINCESS Scott Aspery 55= 52kg 90
56 SKIP TOWN Matthew Smith 55= 52kg 90
57 INTIMATE MOMENT (NZ) Ron Quinton 57= 52kg 89
58 LAIDBACK LARRY (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 57= 52kg 89
59 BASS STRAIT (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 59= 52kg 88
60 SAINT OR SINNER (NZ) Michael Moroney 59= 52kg 88
61 PHEIDON Gai Waterhouse 61 52kg 86
62 AUSSIES LOVE SPORT Gai Waterhouse 62= 52kg 85
63 BEST CASE (NZ) Anthony Cummings 62= 52kg 85
64 RYKER Gai Waterhouse 62= 52kg 85
65 ANY DAY WILL DO David Vandyke 65= 52kg 84
66 LIBERTY’S CHOICE Gai Waterhouse 65= 52kg 84
67 SHAMALIA Bart & James Cummings 65= 52kg 84
68 CAMPANOLOGY (GB) Chris Waller 68= 52kg 82
69 SPIRIT OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody 68= 52kg 82
70 WOODBINE Gai Waterhouse 68= 52kg 82
71 ZULULAND David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 68= 52kg 82
72 SCRATCH ME LUCKY Paul Perry 72 52kg 80
73 LONGMA Gai Waterhouse 73= 52kg 78
74 LORNA MAY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 73= 52kg 78
75 SPY DECODER (NZ) Anthony Cummings 75 52kg 73
76 DARCI MAGIC (NZ) Bede Murray 76 52kg 72
77 FORGET MAYBE Anthony Cummings 77= 52kg 71
78 STAMINA Peter G Moody 77= 52kg 71
79 BOLD CIRCLE David Payne 79 52kg 70
80 O’REILLY’S REVENGE (NZ) Bede Murray 80 52kg 67
81 DIAMONDSINTHENIGHT David Pfieffer 81 52kg 64

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
2014 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
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