Epsom Handicap 2020

Saturday October 3, 2020

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 and 2019 success of Kolding who went on to win the inaugural $7.5 million The Golden Eagle race.

This year the Epsom Handicap runs on Saturday October 3, 2020. 

2020 Epsom Handicap Results

The full Epsom Handicap 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 3, 2020.

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

Epsom Handicap Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 3, 2020
  • 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).

2020 Epsom Handicap Odds

The season’s latest Epsom Handicap 2020 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.

2020 Epsom Handicap Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Epsom Handicap 2020 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 Bet: #13 Rock ($7 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Rock could prove the value in this year’s Epsom, the Hawkes Racing-trained Pierro five-year-old getting in on just 52.5kg even with the penalty for his lead-up Group 3 Cameron Handicap win over 1500m at Newcastle. Carried three kilos more in that for a nearly four length win and will be flying home again with Tommy Berry retaining the ride in this tougher but still winnable assignment. 

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).

2020 Epsom Handicap Field

The official Epsom Handicap 2020 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 2020 Epsom Handicap field features a capacity line-up of milers dominated by the Chris Waller stable including the defending champion Kolding (20) and the clear favourite Star Of The Seas drawn the rails. 

  • Scratchings: #1 Kolding (20); #21e Just Thinkin’ (17)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x45778x021 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 20 56.5kg     111
2 101x300x51 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4 56kg     110
3 93x1720x22 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 1 55.5kg     109
4 0x8100x343 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 21 55.5kg     109
5 190x1410x0 NETTOYER Wendy Roche James Innes Jnr 14 54kg     110
6 2x13437x03 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Jason Collett 3 54kg     106
7 x7207523x2 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 2 54kg     106
8 7713116×14 THE CANDY MAN Peter & Paul Snowden Regan Bayliss 9 53.5kg     105
9 31x7410x81 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tim Clark 6 53kg     104
10 12×2322605 NICCANOVA Craig Carmody Blaike McDougall 11 53kg     104
11 x111228x21 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 18 52.5kg     107
12 11x2142x62 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Glen Boss 19 52.5kg     107
13 11150x3x51 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 13 52.5kg   1.5kg 100
14 8221111×05 COLETTE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 10 52kg     106
15 3x82435x35 RELOADED Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 7 51kg     100
16 832022×073 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Jarrod Austin Ms Jess Taylor 8 50kg     97
17 1x11123x92 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 12 50kg     96
18 363422×164 SAVACOOL (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 16 50kg     98
19 23250×3466 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan (a) 5 50kg     98
20 41121111×9 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Dolan 15 50kg     96
21e x11445x612 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott   17 50kg     88

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 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 2020 nominations close on a Monday in early September, about a month leading-up to Epsom Handicap Day.

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

2020 Epsom Handicap Form

A link to our detailed Epsom Handicap 2020 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