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 early October each year. Offering $500,000 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).
This year the Epsom Handicap will be run on Saturday 1st October 2016.
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.
Epsom Handicap Betting & Odds
Epsom Handicap betting markets are often led by horses that won their final lead-up into the mile classic with four last start winners saluting in the race since 2005 including Boban (2013) and He’s Your Man (2014). Both of those horses were prepared by Chris Waller’s whose runners always sit high up the Epsom Handicap odds along with Gai Waterhouse-trained hopefuls as she has won the Epsom Handicap a record seven times, most recently with Fat Al (2012).
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 54kg to victory since 2006 with the most recent winners allocated around 52 – 53kg. 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 four of the past five Epsom champs. The Group 1 George Main Stakes meanwhile produced both Racing to Win (2006) and Theseo (2008), with the Epsom not run in 2007 due to Sydney’s equine influenza outbreak.
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) and He’s Your Man (10 in 2014) all overcoming double digit gates to win the race.
Epsom Handicap Results
The Epsom Handicap results are published after the showdown happens as Randwick Race 7 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.
2016 Epsom Handicap Results
|1||2||HAURAKI||John O’Shea||James McDonald||–||10||56kg||$6.50|
|2||6||DIBAYANI (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damian Lane||0.1L||11||54kg||$26|
|3||8||MACKINTOSH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||0.3L||2||52kg||$9.50|
|4||4||HAPPY CLAPPER||Patrick Webster||Brenton Avdulla||0.6L||1||55kg||$9|
|5||3||LE ROMAIN||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||1.2L||3||55.5kg||$10|
|6||9||MCCREERY (GB)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||1.6L||4||51.5kg||$6.50|
|7||10||HEAVENS ABOVE||Tim Martin||Corey Brown||1.7L||8||51kg||$17|
|8||12||TORGERSEN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Ms Kathy O’Hara||2.4L||5||50kg||$31|
|9||11||VANBRUGH||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||2.7L||7||51kg||$19|
|10||13||FABRIZIO||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Johan Victoire||3.5L||6||50kg||$6EF|
|11||5||MIGHTY LUCKY||Fred Cowell||Chris O’Brien||6.6L||12||54.5kg||$51|
|12||7||SONS OF JOHN||Jason Attard||Glen Boss||6.8L||13||53kg||$17|
|13||1||PALENTINO||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||7.7L||9||57kg||$6EF|
Epsom Handicap Winners
|2015||Winx||Ecuador||Sons Of John||1:34.5|
|2014||He’s Your Man||Royal Descent||Hooked||1:33.3|
|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|