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The 2017 Epsom Handicap is a Group 1 race that is held each year in Late September/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.

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 2017 Epsom Handicap field is below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 69x2125x12 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 4 57kg 113
2 4x24141x23 FOXPLAY Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 14 54.5kg 112
3 480×350112 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) Kris Lees Corey Brown 10 54kg 107
4 10x8747x46 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 5 53.5kg 106
5 311255×427 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 3 53.5kg 106
6 x156495x84 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 7 53kg 105
7 271183×477 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 2 52.5kg 108
8 0x2612x701 ZANBAGH John P Thompson Damian Lane 9 52.5kg 108
9 3x6905x222 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Glen Boss 13 52kg 103
10 31x11111x2 EGG TART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1 51kg 105
11 21x5338x11 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Joao Moreira 12 51kg 101
12 x6321220x0 SAVILE ROW (NZ) Michael Moroney Jay Ford 8 51kg 101
13 114173×546 SNITZSON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 6 50.5kg 94
14 2210×67911 EMBLEY Bjorn Baker Andrew Adkins (a) 11 50.5kg 91

2017 Epsom Handicap Nominations

The 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 2017 Epsom Handicap nominations.

The 2017 Epsom Handicap nominations will be listed below.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 69x2125x12 HAPPY CLAPPER G 7 Patrick Webster 1= 56.5kg 113
2 1111×21411 DEPLOY G 5 Gerald Ryan 1= 54kg 108
3 21x5338x11 COMIN’ THROUGH H 4 Chris Waller 1= 50.5kg 101
4 211x75x323 BLACK HEART BART G 7 Darren Weir 4= 58kg 116
5 x42212x681 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 4= 58kg 116
6 x11202x250 LE ROMAIN G 5 Kris Lees 4= 58kg 116
7 x9171x1x11 VEGA MAGIC G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 7 57kg 114
8 5x21x105x1 REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8= 56kg 112
9 x12x3361x8 SENSE OF OCCASION G 7 Kris Lees 8= 56kg 112
10 4x24141x23 FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller 8= 54kg 112
11 181x37x014 GAILO CHOP (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 11= 55kg 110
12 09x4x22x53 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 11= 55kg 110
13 271183×477 I AM A STAR (NZ) M 4 Shane Nichols 13= 52kg 108
14 1541112×13 INVINCIBLE GEM M 4 Kris Lees 13= 52kg 108
15 0x2612x701 ZANBAGH M 7 John P Thompson 13= 52kg 108
16 x31196x140 HEY DOC G 4 Tony McEvoy 16= 53.5kg 107
17 480×350112 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 16= 53.5kg 107
18 670x910x56 HEAVENS ABOVE M 6 Tim Martin 16= 51.5kg 107
19 113380×348 ECUADOR (NZ) G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 19= 53kg 106
20 10x8747x46 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 19= 53kg 106
21 311255×427 RED EXCITEMENT G 8 Gerald Ryan 19= 53kg 106
22 x156495x84 MCCREERY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 22= 52.5kg 105
23 31x11111x2 EGG TART M 4 Chris Waller 22= 50.5kg 105
24 7x0472x5x6 GOOD PROJECT H 6 Chris Waller 24= 52kg 104
25 3590x160x6 HE OR SHE G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 24= 52kg 104
26 13540x0x65 MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 26= 51.5kg 103
27 3x6905x222 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 26= 51.5kg 103
28 280x344x21 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) H 5 Darren Weir 28= 51kg 102
29 23292490×7 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 8 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 28= 51kg 102
30 33x5126x69 INFERENCE H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 28= 51kg 102
31 5×91375113 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) G 8 Michael Moroney 28= 51kg 102
32 282x060x00 SEABURGE H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 28= 51kg 102
33 1x11130x15 BONNY O’REILLY (NZ) M 5 Bjorn Baker 28= 50kg 102
34 68×6502206 AMOVATIO G 7 Chris Waller 34= 50.5kg 101
35 1516510×39 BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 34= 50.5kg 101
36 1x76x0101x RED BOMBER G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 34= 50.5kg 101
37 x6321220x0 SAVILE ROW (NZ) H 4 Michael Moroney 34= 50.5kg 101
38 0x20407x23 EURO ANGEL (NZ) M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 34= 50kg 101
39 11x16515x0 GHISONI M 5 James Cummings 34= 50kg 101
40 7121175×31 GRANDE ROSSO G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 40= 50kg 100
41 70x6713x71 HARDHAM H 4 David Brideoake 40= 50kg 100
42 23×0653111 HELL OR HIGHWATER M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 40= 50kg 100
43 028x337x76 MAURUS (GB) G 7 John P Thompson 40= 50kg 100
44 33x1106x73 SPECTROSCOPE (USA) H 5 James Cummings 40= 50kg 100
45 9x12x27x56 OMEI SWORD M 4 Chris Waller 45 50kg 99
46 21612×9725 CHOCOLATE HOLIC G 5 Darren Weir 46 50kg 98
47 23276×1531 SOVEREIGN NATION G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 47= 50kg 97
48 44943×1980 TASHBEEH H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 47= 50kg 97
49 66×1476295 THE VIRGINIAN G 5 Brett Cavanough 47= 50kg 97
50 x151611125 CANNYESCENT G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 50= 50kg 96
51 41x122x253 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 50= 50kg 96
52 x41212x221 THEANSWERMYFRIEND G 4 Robert Smerdon 50= 50kg 96
53 7x1215x141 WASHINGTON HEIGHTS G 6 Gerald Ryan 50= 50kg 96
54 36x621x325 IMPOSING LASS (NZ) M 5 Bjorn Baker 54= 50kg 95
55 4x234161x7 THE MISSION C 3 Paul Perry 54= 48kg 95
56 11x62745x6 NEW TIPPERARY G 5 Joseph Pride 56= 50kg 94
57 14x4197x88 RAW IMPULSE (GB) H 6 Darren Weir 56= 50kg 94
58 518437×443 ROCKET COMMANDER M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 56= 50kg 94
59 114173×546 SNITZSON H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 56= 50kg 94
60 4x4030x228 SO SI BON H 4 Robbie Laing 56= 50kg 94
61 x251212x67 INVADER C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 56= 48kg 94
62 5225223×54 COOL CHAP G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 62= 50kg 93
63 2894053443 JACQUINOT BAY G 10 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 62= 50kg 93
64 3×68321983 PETROLOGY G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 62= 50kg 93
65 333x6759x0 HAPPY HANNAH M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 65 50kg 92
66 2210×67911 EMBLEY G 6 Bjorn Baker 66= 50kg 91
67 x55250x118 LUBITON M 4 Bjorn Baker 66= 50kg 91
68 1x11x661x0 RADIPOLE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 66= 50kg 91
69 5111619×2 DAWN WALL M 4 Chris Waller 69= 50kg 90
70 01x1118x5 MY NORDIC HERO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 69= 50kg 90
71 1x1380x000 RISQUE (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 69= 50kg 90
72 3×33017128 KINGSGUARD (NZ) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 72 50kg 89
73 38×0009720 MIHANY G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 73= 50kg 88
74 2×32111114 SPECIAL MISSILE G 4 John P Thompson 73= 50kg 88
75 228x4x90x9 LIZARD ISLAND G 5 Pat Hyland 75= 50kg 87
76 x53526x425 NO DOUBT H 5 Anthony & Edward Cummings 75= 50kg 87
77 4x156x199x DOUBLE DREAM (FR) M 5 Kris Lees 77= 50kg 85
78 8x1130109x MONGOLIAN WOLF G 4 Darren Weir 77= 50kg 85
79 41231x2x21 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 79= 50kg 84
80 14163×64 TRAPEZE ARTIST C 3 Gerald Ryan 79= 48kg 84
81 3x75430x46 TAHANEE (ARG) M 5 Darren Weir 81= 50kg 83
82 4883230×76 VELADERO G 4 Chris Waller 81= 50kg 83
83 1x32386x90 SKYLIGHT GLOW M 4 Kris Lees 83 50kg 80
84 15×21 DRACARYS C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 84 48kg 78
85 113x256x68 JENNIFER LYNN M 4 Darren Weir 85= 50kg 77
86 1213 ADDICTIVE NATURE C 3 Bjorn Baker 85= 48kg 77
87 5x714538x1 SCREAMARR G 4 Anthony & Edward Cummings 87= 50kg 75
88 112 ASSIMILATE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 87= 48kg 75
89 214×83 GAUGUIN (NZ) G 4 John Sargent 89 50kg 68

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. It goes without saying that melbourne cup bets and odds are sought after weeks in advance of the final field being announced too.

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
2017 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2016 1 Hauraki 2 Dibayani 3 Mackintosh 1:33.8
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

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