Epsom Handicap 2021

Saturday October 2, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: Last start winners have a gun recent record in the Epsom Handicap

The Epsom Handicap is one of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival’s major mile races and runs at Royal Randwick Racecourse in late September or early October each year. Offering $1.5 million in prize money after receiving a $500,000 boost in 2021 the race is held at the same meeting as The Metropolitan and the Flight Stakes and has been conducted since 1865.

The 1600m feature is open to horses aged three years and older and is named after the iconic Epsom Downs Racecourse in the South of England. It has held Group 1 status since 1979 and has been won by many notable champions including Desert War (2004 & 2005), Shogun Lodge (2000), Super Impose (1990 & 1991), Imposing (1979), Gunsynd (1971) and Sky High (1961).

More recently Chris Waller-trained horses have dominated the Epsom Handicap results including the 2015 win by superstar mare Winx and 2019 success of Kolding who went on to win the inaugural $7.5 million The Golden Eagle race.

This season the Epsom Handicap ran on Saturday October 2, 2021 and was won by the Joe Pride-trained Private Eye ($11). 

2021 Epsom Handicap Results

The full Epsom Handicap 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 2, 2021.

  • 1st: #12 Private Eye
  • 2nd: #10 Aramayo
  • 3rd: #3 Dalasan

Private Eye ($11) was brave winning the Epsom Handicap 2021 results for trainer Joe Pride ahead of the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle, a double completed in 2019 by Kolding. 

Epsom Handicap Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 2, 2021
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Run: 1865

Epsom Handicap Betting

Epsom Handicap betting markets are often led by horses that won their final lead-up into the mile classic with three of the four winners from 2013 – 16 coming off a victory including Winx (2015).

In 2019 the top two horses in Epsom Handicap betting ran the quinella with the $5.50 equal favourites Kolding and Te Akau Shark running one-two.

Chris Waller’s horses always sit highly up the Epsom Handicap odds as he prepared four of the winners between 2013 – 21 most recently Kolding (2019).  Gai Waterhouse-trained hopefuls, if in form, also feature in the Epsom Handicap markets as she has won the Epsom Handicap a record seven times, most recently with Fat Al (2012).

Waller was narrowly denied another Epsom win in 2020 when his mare Funstar ran second to Probabeel. The stable also ran second in 2021 with Aramayo running second to the Joe Pride-trained winner Private Eye. 

Epsom Handicap odds online are affected by the results of traditional lead-up races including the Theo Marks Stakes, which Winx won on way to her 2015 success in the feature, and other events offering an Epsom Handicap ballot exemption like the Shannon Stakes the week before at Rosehill Gardens.

Favourites in Epsom Handicap betting have a solid recent record and no galloper since Captain Sonador ($15 in 2010) had won the race at double-figure Epsom Handicap odds until the massive upset by Hartnell ($20 in 2018) and then Private Eye ($11 in 2021). 

2021 Epsom Handicap Odds

The season’s latest Epsom Handicap 2021 betting odds and links to our markets on the Group 1 Randwick mile classic will be available over the spring below.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Epsom Handicap will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

Epsom Handicap Tips

Epsom Handicap tips flood in the week of the race and usually feature horses that are well-weighted under the handicap conditions. No horse has carried more than 57kg to Epsom Handicap victory since Super Impose (61kg in 1991).

Winners of the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap and the Group 2 Shannon Stakes are also good Epsom Handicap tips as these two races have produced plenty of recent champions of the Epsom Handicap results.  Kolding (2019) and Probabeel (2020) are the latest to complete the Bill Ritchie – Epsom Handicap double.

The Group 1 George Main Stakes meanwhile has also produced a number of winners, so keeping an eye on these lead-up races is a good Epsom Handicap betting tip.

2021 Epsom Handicap Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Epsom Handicap 2021 betting tips and exotic Group 1 Randwick selections will be detailed below for punters the week of the race, so stay tuned for the miler hopefuls to back and sack this season.

  • Best Value: #13 Atishu ($19 at time of publish) 

It’s an open edition of the Epsom with Mo’unga the class horse but giving away the weight and Riodini in outstanding form with those light kilos but drawn wide. There could be a blow out! Like the price on this Chris Waller-trained Savabeel mare who is just so consistent. Looking to go back-to-back for the mares after the Probabeel win last year and she’s doing everything right. Up notably in grade, but was brave winning the Group 3 Bill Ritchie narrowly defeating a few of these last time out. Carries just 50.5kg and is proven at the mile. 

Epsom Handicap Field

The Epsom Handicap field has a capacity of 20 starters plus four emergencies and the last year it was run at capacity was 2010 when Captain Sonador won. The field of final acceptors is released on the Tuesday before the race runs on a Saturday at the start of October. 

Horses come into the Epsom Handicap field each season via a number of different Sydney lead-up races including the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) that produced Hauraki (2nd) for his 2016 win and Happy Clapper (2nd) in 2017, while that double was last completed by Racing To Win (2006).

Epsom Handicap Odds & Field at Ladbrokes.com.au

Winx (2015) is one of the most famous recent Epsom Handicap winners. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

An earlier spring lead-up into the Epsom Handicap field is August’s Group 3 Show County Quality, a race the 2020 Epsom champion Probabeel ran second in that season. In 2021 Private Eye completed the Show County Quality – Epsom Handicap double. 

2021 Epsom Handicap Field

The official Epsom Handicap 2021 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be announced by Racing NSW on the Tuesday of race week with the full line-up to be published below. 

The 2021 Epsom Handicap field features 17 runners with the early favourites Mo’unga and Riodini both drawing wide in barriers 13 and 15 respectively. 

2021 Epsom Handicap Nominations

The Epsom Handicap 2021 nominations close on Monday the 6th of September, 2021 about a month leading-up to Epsom Handicap Day.

The 2021 Epsom Handicap nominations attracted 90 early entries including Jamie Richards’ defending champion Probabeel, the in-form Winx Stakes winning four-year-old Mo’unga and Chris Waller’s ATC Oaks champion Hungry Heart

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 11x3240x45 ACADEMY G 5 Mark Newnham 83
2 3×11 AEECEE EXPRESS (NZ) C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 69
3 74x36587x6 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) M 5 John O’Shea 97
4 1x1133x250 ALL TIME LEGEND G 5 Les Bridge 88
5 D110x320x4 ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 5 Billy Healey  
6 21121114x AMARELINHA (NZ) M 4 Jamie Richards 104
7 80x12113x2 ANNAVISTO (NZ) M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
8 5148x479x2 ARAMAYO G 6 Chris Waller  
9 721x591x78 ARCHEDEMUS G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes  
10 81162×4259 ASHIM (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith 70
11 14757×5147 ASHMAN G 6 Kim Waugh 79
12 9x31111x14 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 89
13 11x121x1 AYRTON (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)  
14 x91642325x BARGAIN (NZ) M 4 Mark Newnham  
15 x11210x122 BEAU ROSSA G 4 Will Clarken  
16 9221420×58 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 8 James Cummings  
17 417x903x84 BLUE SOLDIER (USA) G 5 Annabel Neasham 87
18 180x38478x BONVICINI M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 89
19 21x3618x1 BROOKSPIRE M 4 Chris Waller 78
20 2203x2340x BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 6 Michael Moroney 100
21 91x117x7x7 BULLFINCH (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 78
22 14x3531x3 CAPTIVANT C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 100
23 25x3413x54 CASCADIAN (GB) G 7 James Cummings  
24 2120421×40 CEPHEUS (GB) H 5 Matthew Dunn 90
25 51622x32x0 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 89
26 31x07x6739 COGNAC (IRE) G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 74
27 61x12454x6 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 112
28 1x621321x CONVERGE G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 100
29 407x0733x0 DALASAN H 5 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas  
30 35113x236x DISCHARGED G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 92
31 12114x8x DRAGON LEAP G 5 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 96
32 x12821121x DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings 100
33 0x30x177x2 EMBRACER G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 96
34 9x241265x8 ENTENTE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 96
35 61x111x EQUATION H 4 Annabel Neasham 80
36 2211x2130x EXOBOOM G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden  
37 2x720872x0 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 7 Tom Dabernig  
38 31319107×4 FORBIDDEN LOVE M 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 102
39 2184x3121x FOURHOMETWO (GB) G 4 Annabel Neasham 95
40 3314x3640x HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 7 Matthew Williams  
41 112x1327x HARMONY ROSE M 4 Mark Newnham 95
42 27x78111x8 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 106
43 12x33542x3 ICEBATH (NZ) M 5 Brad Widdup 106
44 303x2007x7 IMAGING (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 107
45 1x1x4339x4 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
46 50x845170x IN GOOD HEALTH M 6 John Ramsey  
47 x09x1111x9 IRONCLAD (GB) G 6 Will Clarken  
48 612730x80x JUST THINKIN’ G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 90
49 4654x300x4 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 106
50 x213x1116x KIKU M 4 Chris Waller 86
51 13124×13 KINGSHEIR (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 75
52 0x22501x59 KOLDING (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 116
53 17x6321x28 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 102
54 12x51434x9 LION’S ROAR (NZ) G 4 John O’Shea  
55 11114x7x0 LOVE TAP G 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 76
56 2412 MILITARY EXPERT C 3 Annabel Neasham 70
57 113x6345x3 MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne  
58 17x32107x1 MO’UNGA (NZ) H 4 Annabel Neasham 112
59 x1211111x0 NANCHO (GER) G 7 Anthony Cummings 107
60 60x10x403x NOT AN OPTION H 4 Michael Moroney  
61 0x4322112x NUDGE M 5 Chris Waller 106
62 32824x558x NUMERIAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham  
63 x0658x7110 PERFECT RADIANCE M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 74
64 2310x153x8 POLAND H 4 Michael Moroney  
65 2x237x5x58 PRIME STAR G 4 Richard & Michael Freedman  
66 1111x821x1 PRIVATE EYE G 4 Joseph Pride 100
67 117x1102x1 PROBABEEL (NZ) M 5 Jamie Richards  
68 45312220×7 PROMPT PRODIGY (NZ) H 4 Edward Cummings 78
69 x53312133x QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 104
70 7047525×00 RAINBOW THIEF (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney  
71 x131114x93 REGARDSMAREE G 5 Nick Ryan  
72 6x942119x5 RELOADED G 5 Chris Waller  
73 181x1960x6 RICH HIPS M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
74 x9230x8752 RIODINI (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott  
75 236x1313x RIPPER RITA M 4 Greg Eurell  
76 730x348x84 ROCK G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 102
77 7x120138x5 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 106
78 5x32324x37 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 105
79 6014x300x5 SHOUT THE BAR M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 108
80 97×0604117 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young  
81 66556253×1 SIGNORA NERA (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 87
82 21x11420x9 SKY LAB G 4 Paul Perry 94
83 5021670×61 SOLDIER OF LOVE G 6 Bjorn Baker 90
84 5x41690x03 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 106
85 03x1214x61 THINK IT OVER G 6 Kerry Parker  
86 1x527513x1 TIGER OF MALAY C 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 91
87 4330x8245x VANGELIC M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 94
88 1x2410x YALETOWN G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 86
89 47x6D111x1 ZAAKI (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham  
90 112x5x4242 ZIEGFELD (GB) G 5 James Cummings  

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Epsom Handicap Form Guide

The Epsom Handicap form guide is poured over by punters before they place their bets on the spring showdown every season and lists all the horses, their allocated weights and barriers, trainers and jockeys, and other crucial info like track / distance form.

There’s lots to look at in the form guide but how horses ran in their lead-up races is especially important, while wide barriers haven’t been a hoodoo in recent years with the likes of Secret Admirer (16 in 2011), Boban (10 in 2013), He’s Your Man (10 in 2014), Winx (12 in 2015) and Kolding (12 in 2019) all overcoming double digit gates to win the race.

Epsom Handicap Form Facts

  • Chris Waller trained four of the nine Epsom Handicap winners from 2013 – 21
  • Mares have won the Epsom Handicap just three times in over 30 years with Secret Admirer (2011), Winx (2015) and Probabeel (2020)
  • Double-digit barriers produced eight winners from 2011 – 2021 – including Secret Admirer (16 of 17 in 2011), Hartnell (10 of 20 in 2018), Kolding (12 of 19 in 2019) and Probabeel (15 of 17 in 2020)
  • Favourites have a credible record in the race and recent Epsom Handicap results have been dominated by single-figure chances

2021 Epsom Handicap Form

A link to our detailed Epsom Handicap 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Epsom Handicap Results

The Epsom Handicap results are published after the showdown happens at Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day and features the finishing order of all the starters, any scratched horses, the winning trifecta payout as well as margins for those punters that bet on how much a horse would win or lose by.

Epsom Handicap Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Private Eye Aramayo Dalasan 1:33.7
2020 Probabeel Funstar Riodini 1:32.8
2019 Kolding Te Akau Shark Star Of The Seas 1:34.8
2018 Hartnell D’argento Unforgotten 1:32.7
2017 Happy Clapper Tom Melbourne Snitzson 1:33.1
2016 Hauraki Dibayani Mackintosh 1:33.8
2015 Winx Ecuador Sons Of John 1:34.5
2014 He’s Your Man Royal Descent Hooked 1:33.3
2013 Boban Streama Toydini 1:34.4
2012 Fat Al Ambidexter Rolling Pin 1:34.5
2011 Secret Admirer Pinker Pinker Red Tracer 1:35.5
2010 Captain Sonador Trusting Sacred Choice 1:34.1
2009 Rock Kingdom Rangirangdoo Road To Rock 1:38.6
2008 Theseo Bank Robber Gallant Tess 1:36.2
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Racing To Win Desert War Malcolm 1:35.1
2005 Desert War Johan’s Toy Lotteria 1:34.5
2004 Desert War Our Egyptian Raine Tsuimai 1:37.2
2003 Clangalang Grand Armee Forum Floozie 1:35.2
2002 Excellerator Kingsgate Gordo 1:35.5
2001 Final Fantasy Kingsgate Crawl 1:22.5
2000 Shogun Lodge Landsighting Chinhoyi 1:33.5