Epsom Handicap 2019

Saturday October 5, 2019

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 million in prize money 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.

This year the Epsom Handicap ran on Saturday October 5, 2019 and saw the equal $5.50 favourites Kolding and Te Akau Shark run one-two. 

2019 Epsom Handicap Results

The full Epsom Handicap 2019 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 5, 2019.

  • 1st: #9 Kolding
  • 2nd: #4 Te Akau Shark
  • 3rd: #14 Star Of The Seas

The 2019 Epsom Handicap Results saw trainer Chris Waller win for the first time since Winx (2015) with his four-year-old Kolding completing the Bill Ritchie – Epsom Handicap double. Kolding jumped the $5.50 equal favourite with Kiwi galloper Te Akau Shark and there was a photo finish between the two for the win. Waller also prepared third past the post with Star Of The Seas rounding out the Epsom Handicap trifecta in 2019.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 9 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 12 50.5kg $5.50EF
2 4 TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) Jamie Richards James McDonald 0.1L 15 54.5kg $5.50EF
3 14 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 3.1L 13 50kg $13
4 5 GEM SONG Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 3.5L 4 52kg $11
5 10 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Kerrin McEvoy 4.1L 11 50.5kg (cd 51kg) $11
6 16 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Ben Thompson 4.5L 14 50kg $31
7 15 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Robbie Dolan (a) 4.9L 1 50kg $15
8 3 FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Tim Clark 5L 6 54.5kg $15
9 19 DESERT LORD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Innes Jnr 5.2L 8 50kg $26
10 2 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Tommy Berry 5.7L 5 55kg $26
11 7 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Michael Moroney Dean Holland 6.9L 9 51kg $61
12 6 UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Jay Ford 7.1L 2 51kg $26
13 18 THE CANDY MAN Barry Baldwin Brock Ryan (a) 7.3L 17 50kg $101
14 20 JUNIPAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damien Thornton 7.8L 16 50kg $26
15 17 KAONIC (NZ) Chris Waller Andrew Gibbons 7.9L 7 50kg $61
16 8 MANTASTIC (IRE) Chris Waller Andrew Adkins 8.3L 10 51kg $101
17 1 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 10.6L 19 57kg $7
18 12 LE JUGE (IRE) Chris Waller Ms Jess Taylor 10.9L 18 50.5kg $201
19 11 ARCHEDEMUS Gwenda Markwell Dom Tourneur 14.7L 3 50.5kg $61
13 EL DORADO DREAMING Kris Lees Ms Rachel King 0

Epsom Handicap Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 5, 2019
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 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 – 19 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).

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).

2019 Epsom Handicap Odds

The season’s latest Epsom Handicap 2019 betting odds and links to our markets on the Group 1 Randwick mile classic will be available over the spring below.

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) was the last horse 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.

2019 Epsom Handicap Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Epsom Handicap 2019 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.

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 Wednesday before the race runs on a Saturday at the start of October, two days after the first nominations close on the Monday.

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).

2019 Epsom Handicap Field

The official Epsom Handicap 2019 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week with the full line-up to be published below.

The 2019 Epsom Handicap Field features a capacity 20-horse line-up led by Dreamforce. The last-start George Main Stakes runner-up is favourite in early Epsom Handicap betting despite drawing the far outside barrier (20).

The Team Hawkes-trained Rock chasing a fourth straight win is also high-up the markets, as is Chris Waller’s Bill Ritchie Handicap winner Kolding.

Scratchings: #13 El Dorado Dreaming (1) has been scratched from the Epsom Handicap field with all 19 remaining horses coming in one gate as a result.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 21x8132x12 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 20 57kg 115
2 211x5Nx738 BEST OF DAYS (GB) James Cummings Tommy Berry 6 55kg 109
3 x60110x676 FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Tim Clark 7 54.5kg 108
4 114x111x22 TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) Jamie Richards James McDonald 16 54.5kg 108
5 x154134x32 GEM SONG Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 5 52kg 104
6 8x53403x60 UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Jay Ford 3 51kg 105
7 x2x0410507 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Michael Moroney Dean Holland 10 51kg 101
8 x812511x88 MANTASTIC (IRE) Chris Waller Andrew Adkins 11 51kg 100
9 2331111×51 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 13 50.5kg (likely: 51kg) 105
10 2x2128x111 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Kerrin McEvoy 12 50.5kg (likely: 51kg) 100
11 1118118×07 ARCHEDEMUS Gwenda Markwell Dom Tourneur 4 50.5kg 99
12 1311113×00 LE JUGE (IRE) Chris Waller Ms Jess Taylor 19 50.5kg 99
13 3033x432x7 EL DORADO DREAMING Kris Lees Ms Rachel King 1 50kg 102
14 2113211×49 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 14 50kg (likely: 50.5kg) 99
15 121x128x54 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Robbie Dolan (a) 2 50kg 98
16 0x58158x83 NETTOYER Wendy Roche Ben Thompson 15 50kg 98
17 41x5496x04 KAONIC (NZ) Chris Waller Andrew Gibbons 8 50kg 97
18 x111110x60 THE CANDY MAN Barry Baldwin Brock Ryan (a) 18 50kg 97
19 x4131x1x43 DESERT LORD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Innes Jnr. 9 50kg 90
20 67×2523131 JUNIPAL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damien Thornton 17 50kg (likely: 50.5kg) 86

2019 Epsom Handicap Nominations

Epsom Handicap Odds & Field at Ladbrokes.com.au

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

The Epsom Handicap 2019 nominations close on a Monday in early September, about a month leading-up to Epsom Handicap Day, with all the early entries to be announced below.

No. Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 002x7509x9 ALOISIA (NZ) M 5 Anthony Freedman
2 100x1360x6 AMPHITRITE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
3 x1118118x0 ARCHEDEMUS G 6 Gwenda Markwell 100
4 1121x1x13x AVANTAGE M 4 Jamie Richards 104
5 12x1550x81 BALLER H 4 Anthony Cummings 83
6 3211x5Nx73 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 6 James Cummings
7 x925245x52 CAPTAIN COOK (GB) G 7 Chris Waller
8 121x128x5 CASCADIAN (GB) G 5 James Cummings 98
9 0x3178447x CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES M 5 Bjorn Baker 107
10 123x70304x CHAPADA G 4 Michael Moroney
11 071516×320 CLIFF’S EDGE H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
12 34449x16x4 CON TE PARTIRO (USA) M 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 102
13 166×222213 CONNEMARA M 5 Bjorn Baker 85
14 13×1 DAWN PASSAGE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 79
15 2257323×34 DEALMAKER G 4 Chris Waller 84
16 5x4131x1x4 DESERT LORD G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 82
17 621x8132x1 DREAMFORCE G 7 John Thompson 113
18 612x4350x4 DYSLEXIC M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 97
19 1500036133 ECKSTEIN M 6 Chris Waller 107
20 x3033x432x EL DORADO DREAMING M 4 Kris Lees 103
21 33x09311x8 FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
22 8321x6720x FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 6 Matthew Smith
23 1x60110x67 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
24 x432200x39 FUNDAMENTALIST M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
25 12x154134x GEM SONG H 4 Kris Lees 100
26 440x13370x GOATHLAND (IRE) G 8 Kim Waugh 90
27 38487x86x8 GOOD ’N’ FAST G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 80
28 x75x2284x2 HAPPY CLAPPER G 9 Patrick Webster 117
29 0x53233x34 HARTNELL (GB) G 9 James Cummings
30 322x11x HURRICANE FIGHTER (NZ) G 4 Michael Moroney
31 x73810x237 INVINCIBLE GEM M 6 Kris Lees 108
32 267×252313 JUNIPAL H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 81
33 73×1 JUST THINKIN’ G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 65
34 441x5496x0 KAONIC (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 97
35 1x43236Px5 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 106
36 12331111×5 KOLDING (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 100
37 11311113×0 LE JUGE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 101
38 233x8124x0 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 109
39 8363216×65 LONG LEAF H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
40 3237×41211 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS G 5 Bryan Dais
41 x041650x62 MAHAMEDEIS G 5 Nick Ryan
42 5x812511x8 MANTASTIC (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 103
43 32x6900x60 MATERIAL MAN G 8 Pat Carey
44 115508x0x8 MICKEY BLUE EYES G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
45 160x11412x MIRETTE M 4 Archie Alexander
46 050x1200x6 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 107
47 152x231x20 MISTER SONGMAN G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 84
48 1x2x041050 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) G 6 Michael Moroney
49 11x112131x MR QUICKIE G 4 Phillip Stokes
50 5003x00x97 MURAAQEB H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 92
51 10x58158x8 NETTOYER M 6 Wendy Roche 96
52 60x34000x5 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller
53 7x6073447x NOIRE M 6 Chris Waller 104
54 4130x08x77 OOHOOD M 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
55 141x1417x9 PENSKE G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 90
56 1x3516832x POHUTUKAWA M 4 James Cummings
57 0x2490431x PURPLE SECTOR (NZ) H 4 John Thompson 86
58 25x14941x2 QAFILA M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
59 311x34017x REDOUBLE G 6 Bjorn Baker 102
60 2x2128x11 ROCK G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 79
61 535×512421 ROMANCER (NZ) G 6 Grahame Begg
62 192251557x ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
63 1241915×11 SAMADOUBT G 6 Bjorn Baker 112
64 767x740x40 SEABURGE G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
65 54x17x1630 SESAR H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
66 20×7 SHOTMAKER C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
67 5x42170x46 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
68 1292450×12 SO SI BON G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
69 814×211234 SO YOU WIN G 5 Chris Waller 93
70 200x2196x2 SPANISH WHISPER M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
71 22113211×4 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 99
72 1514x6770x TALLY G 7 James Cummings
73 114x111x22 TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) G 5 Jamie Richards 108
74 1x111110x6 THE CANDY MAN G 6 Barry Baldwin
75 2152×41 TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney
76 x16932225x TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 104
77 241x994x00 TRIBAL WISDOM G 6 Michael Moroney
78 8x53403x60 UNFORGOTTEN M 5 Chris Waller 105
79 157x2111x9 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 106
80 4x33x2x6x6 WREN’S DAY (USA) H 6 James Cummings 98
81 276x059x87 YOUNGSTAR M 5 Chris Waller 107
82 123111x YOURDEEL (NZ) G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
83 2221x00x79 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 5 Chris Waller 104

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 seven Epsom Handicap winners from 2013 – 19
  • Mares have won the Epsom Handicap just twice in over 30 years with Secret Admirer (2011) and Winx (2015)
  • Double-digit barriers produced seven winners from 2011 – 2019 including Secret Admirer (16 of 17 in 2011), Hartnell (10 of 20 in 2018) and Kolding (12 of 19 in 2019)
  • Favourites have a credible record in the race and recent Epsom Handicap results have been dominated by single-figure chances

2019 Epsom Handicap Form

A link to our detailed Epsom Handicap 2019 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
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