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 runs on Saturday September 29, 2018.
2018 Epsom Handicap Results
- 1st: TBD
- 2nd: TBD
- 3rd: TBD
Epsom Handicap Race Info
- Date: Saturday September 29, 2018
- Track: Randwick Racecourse
- Distance: 1600m
- Conditions: Handicap
- Status: Group 1
- Prize Money: $1 million
- First Run: 1865
Epsom Handicap Betting & Odds
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). Chris Waller’s horses always sit highly up the Epsom Handicap odds as he prepared three of the five winners between 2013 – 17. 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) has won the race at double-figure Epsom Handicap odds.
2018 Epsom Handicap Odds
The season’s latest Epsom Handicap 2018 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. 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.
2018 Epsom Handicap Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Epsom Handicap 2018 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).
2018 Epsom Handicap Field
The official Epsom Handicap 2018 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be announced by Racing NSW the week of the race and published in full below, so stay tuned to see what spring milers make the final line-up for the $1 million classic.
2018 Epsom Handicap Nominations & Weights
Each season the Epsom Handicap nominations close in early September, followed by the official Epsom Handicap weights a fortnight later.
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) and Winx (12 in 2015) all overcoming double digit gates to win the race.
Epsom Handicap Form Facts
- Chris Waller trained three of the five Epsom Handicap winners from 2013 – 17
- Mares have won the Epsom Handicap just twice in over 30 years with Secret Admirer (2011) and Winx (2015)
- Double-digit barriers produced five of the seven winners from 2011 – 2017 including Secret Admirer (16 of 17 in 2011)
- Favourites have a credible record in the race and recent Epsom Handicap results have been dominated by single-figure chances
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.
2018 Epsom Handicap Results
The full Epsom Handicap 2018 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 29, 2018.
Epsom Handicap Winners
|2017||Happy Clapper||Tom Melbourne||Snitzson||1:33.1|
|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|