Epsom Handicap

The 2018 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 2018 Epsom Handicap field is below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 90x1304x24 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 10 57kg 113
2 x121122x12 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Corey Brown 4 54kg 109
3 1x13714x32 D’ARGENTO Chris Waller James McDonald 1 53.5kg 106
4 x076x462x4 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 5 53kg 109
5 x577421x04 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 16 53kg 105
6 20x22525x0 SINGLE GAZE Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 12 52.5kg 108
7 11x0121x61 UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3 52.5kg 108
8 5×23095611 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 7 52.5kg 104
9 205138×464 ARBEITSAM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 15 52.5kg 103
10 1x22x04766 RELIGIFY Chris Waller Jay Ford 8 52.5kg 103
11 1x31117x48 LANCIATO (NZ) Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 6 52kg 103
12 0x25828x26 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Dean Yendall 19 51.5kg 100
13 22x1330x32 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 21 51kg 105
14 722x240x92 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Damien Thornton 13 51kg 102
15 525x546x51 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Craig Williams 17 51kg 1.0kg 101
16 2x1295x271 SIEGE OF QUEBEC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr 14 50kg 104
17 x3620x4025 INVICTUS PRINCE (GB) Matthew Smith Andrew Adkins 9 50kg 98
18 025x2347x8 RADIPOLE (IRE) Michael Moroney Dean Holland 22 50kg 97
19 336717×631 MURAAQEB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 2 50kg 93
20 326×003132 GOODFELLA Bjorn Baker 20 50kg 90
21e 7433923×39 NETTOYER Wendy Roche 18 50kg 88
22e x568x31117 PARET Chris Waller Michael Dee 11 50kg 84

2018 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 2018 Epsom Handicap nominations.

The 2018 Epsom Handicap nominations will be listed below.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 90x1304x24 HARTNELL (GB) G 8 James Cummings 113
2 x121122x12 PIERATA H 4 Gregory Hickman 109
3 1x13714x32 D’ARGENTO H 4 Chris Waller 106
4 x076x462x4 SHILLELAGH (NZ) M 7 Chris Waller 109
5 x577421x04 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) G 7 James Cummings 105
6 20x22525x0 SINGLE GAZE M 6 Chris Waller 108
7 11x0121x61 UNFORGOTTEN M 4 Chris Waller 108
8 5×23095611 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 104
9 205138×464 ARBEITSAM G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 103
10 1x22x04766 RELIGIFY G 8 Chris Waller 103
11 1x31117x48 LANCIATO (NZ) G 6 Mark Newnham 103
12 0x25828x26 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 100
13 22x1330x32 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES M 4 Bjorn Baker 105
14 722x240x92 RED EXCITEMENT G 9 Gerald Ryan 102
15 525x546x51 NEW TIPPERARY G 6 Joseph Pride 101
16 2x1295x271 SIEGE OF QUEBEC H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 104
17 x3620x4025 INVICTUS PRINCE (GB) G 6 Matthew Smith 98
18 025x2347x8 RADIPOLE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 97
19 336717×631 MURAAQEB H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 93
20 326×003132 GOODFELLA H 4 Bjorn Baker 90
21 7433923×39 NETTOYER M 5 Wendy Roche 88
22 x568x31117 PARET G 4 Chris Waller 84
23 2131222×42 ANOTHER DOLLAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 90
24 1x3326x111 AVILIUS (GB) G 5 James Cummings 109
25 x03438x713 BEST OF DAYS (GB) H 5 James Cummings 95
26 x11820x506 CABEZA DE VACA G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 99
27 x312561x16 COMIN’ THROUGH G 5 Chris Waller 112
28 533x98x065 DANON LIBERTY (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 102
29 43x1636x36 DIXIE BLOSSOMS M 6 Ron Quinton 108
30 11329×1022 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR G 6 Tony McEvoy 101
31 11x1012x16 DON’T GIVE A DAMN G 5 Danny Williams 86
32 x400521x53 EGG TART M 5 Chris Waller 108
33 74340×0000 EMBLEY G 7 Bjorn Baker 92
34 21x0918x40 FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 101
35 20634x31x2 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 5 Matthew Smith 76
36 2x3x411x24 FIGHTING HARADA C 3 Mick Price 67
37 5x384850x6 FOXPLAY M 5 Chris Waller 107
38 3x1111x581 GRUNT (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 113
39 62x1213x75 HAPPY CLAPPER G 8 Patrick Webster
40 9x15233x60 HOLY SNOW H 4 Mick Price 94
41 0x4184x817 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 117
42 3613975×50 I AM COLDPLAY (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 101
43 1x7121x223 I AM SERIOUS M 5 Chris Waller 99
44 5x2124x606 INSTANT DE REVE (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 84
45 1x43215x14 INVINCIBELLA M 5 Chris Waller 107
46 335x695x75 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 8 James Cummings 111
47 6582210064 JACQUINOT BAY G 11 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 97
48 1x6260x114 KAONIC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 93
49 11130×2424 KEMENTARI H 4 James Cummings 110
50 6537513×52 KINGSGUARD (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 98
51 0x446x5x15 LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
52 x74232x172 LE ROMAIN G 6 Kris Lees 115
53 20x93116x5 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 102
54 21219 MASTER ASH C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 76
55 2x56x430x8 MEROVEE H 4 Chris Waller 70
56 41x780x006 MIGHTY BOSS H 4 Mick Price 104
57 63x27314x0 MR MOONLIGHT MAGIC (GB) H 6 James Cummings 109
58 00x1x0x853 MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ) G 7 Bjorn Baker 108
59 12141×2131 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 99
60 112x412x21 NOIRE M 5 Chris Waller 101
61 9x85306x95 PETROLOGY G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 94
62 111x31x310 PLEIN CIEL (GER) G 6 Darren Weir 97
63 13173x5x60 POETIC DREAM (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 94
64 23x22872x1 PRIMITIVO G 4 John P Thompson 70
65 242630×355 PRIZED ICON H 5 Kris Lees 104
66 14x1143x34 RENEWAL G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 77
67 x020540258 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) G 9 Michael Moroney 96
68 4312533×85 ROMANCER (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 82
69 x0658x0770 SALSONIC G 5 Jason Coyle 88
70 26x2811x37 SAMBRO G 4 Chris Waller 95
71 20x2220x89 SAMOVARE M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 95
72 x38x947x00 SATONO RASEN (JPN) H 7 Chris Waller 100
73 2217x11x12 SAVATIANO M 4 James Cummings 94
74 4x31591x38 SEABROOK (NZ) F 3 Mick Price 101
75 x77326x976 SEABURGE H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 96
76 22x9131x40 SEDANZER M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 104
77 361x8899x0 SENSE OF OCCASION G 8 Kris Lees 108
78 x8x150x604 SEVENTH UP (NZ) G 8 Shelley Hale 94
79 31124×0978 SHOW A STAR G 7 Bjorn Baker
80 12235×21 SHUMOOKH M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 90
81 11450×5528 SIR PLUSH (NZ) G 6 Bjorn Baker 93
82 270x0172x9 SOVEREIGN NATION G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
83 6957×123 TAVISAN (NZ) C 3 Mick Price 70
84 39×7005378 TESTASHADOW G 7 Gary Portelli 96
85 4x612825x0 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney 76
86 413224513x TORGERSEN (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 94
87 1x3431x767 WHOSYOURHOUSEMATE (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 67
88 1131271232 WIDGEE TURF G 5 Patrick Payne 104

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
2018 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
2017 1 Happy Clapper 2 Tom Melbourne 3 Snitzon 1:33.1
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