Epsom Handicap 2018

Saturday September 29, 2018

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: #1 Hartnell
  • 2nd: #3 D’argento
  • 3rd: #7 Unforgotten

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.

Epsom Handicap Odds & Field at Ladbrokes.com.au

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

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 was be announced by Racing NSW on Tuesday, 25th September. Race favourite and Group 2 winner Chelmsford Stakes winner Unforgotten drew a handy inside gate, with Group 1 Rosehill Guineas winner D’Argento alongside.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 90x1304x24 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 10 57kg 113
2 x121122x12 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Corey Brown 4 54kg 109
3 1x13714x32 D’ARGENTO Chris Waller James McDonald 1 53.5kg 106
4 x076x462x4 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 5 53kg 109
5 x577421x04 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 16 53kg 105
6 20x22525x0 SINGLE GAZE Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 12 52.5kg 108
7 11x0121x61 UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3 52.5kg 108
8 5×23095611 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 7 52.5kg 104
9 205138×464 ARBEITSAM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 15 52.5kg 103
10 1x22x04766 RELIGIFY Chris Waller Jay Ford 8 52.5kg 103
11 1x31117x48 LANCIATO (NZ) Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 6 52kg 103
12 0x25828x26 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Dean Yendall 19 51.5kg 100
13 22x1330x32 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 21 51kg 105
14 722x240x92 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Damien Thornton 13 51kg 102
15 525x546x51 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Craig Williams 17 51kg 1.0kg 101
16 2x1295x271 SIEGE OF QUEBEC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr 14 50kg 104
17 x3620x4025 INVICTUS PRINCE (GB) Matthew Smith Andrew Adkins 9 50kg 98
18 025x2347x8 RADIPOLE (IRE) Michael Moroney Dean Holland 22 50kg 97
19 336717×631 MURAAQEB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 2 50kg 93
20 326×003132 GOODFELLA Bjorn Baker 20 50kg 90
21e 7433923×39 NETTOYER Wendy Roche 18 50kg 88
22e x568x31117 PARET Chris Waller Michael Dee 11 50kg 84


2018 Epsom Handicap Nominations & Weights

Early nominations for the race can be found here.

NO Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 6x0022x4x2 ABDON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
2 1x55462x02 ACE HIGH H 4 David Payne
3 672970×005 ADMIRAL JELLO G 6 Kris Lees
4 x843320x68 AL HARAM (FR) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
5 1x1120x518 ALL TOO SOON M 4 David Payne
6 24x32267x3 ALWARD (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller
7 5x0x92834x AMBITIOUS (JPN) H 7 Anthony Freedman
8 27x56164x5 AUVRAY (FR) G 8 Richard Freedman
9 11x3326x11 AVILIUS (GB) G 5 James Cummings
10 24112×0873 AZURO (FR) G 5 Darren Weir
11 5021443×00 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir
12 1021x22x33 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
13 1x11820x50 CABEZA DE VACA G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
14 34157×2441 CARZOFF (FR) G 6 Chris Waller
15 11x7389x00 CLASSIC UNIFORM G 6 Gary Moore
16 5651111×09 CORDERO G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
17 60×7298842 DARK EYES G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
18 63×0513206 DESTINY’S KISS G 10 Joseph Pride
19 x332120x96 DOMED M 5 John P Thompson
20 0x400521x5 EGG TART M 5 Chris Waller
21 274340×000 EMBLEY G 7 Bjorn Baker
22 14111251×7 ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 6 Matt Cumani
23 27019×2761 EXCELSIOR H 4 Gwenda Markwell
24 532x108x04 GOATHLAND (IRE) G 7 Kim Waugh
25 3x1111x58 GRUNT (NZ) H 4 Mick Price
26 4131x590x9 HANS HOLBEIN (GB) G 7 Liam Howley
27 x900x6x60x HAPPY MOMENT (JPN) H 9 Anthony Freedman
28 67x28167x0 HARLEM (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
29 03×9724115 HARPER’S CHOICE G 5 Gerald Ryan
30 x140x621x4 HARRISON (GB) G 6 Liam Howley
31 119x31x0x1 HIGH BRIDGE (GB) G 8 Chris Waller
32 2343x312x6 HIYAAM (NZ) M 4 Mick Price
33 213x HUSH WRITER (JPN) H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
34 5333x1x618 JAAMEH (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
35 2134x74x97 JAKE’S HILL (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
36 4111×51270 JUST SHINE (NZ) G 6 Clare Cunningham
37 6369×00640 KELLSTORM (IRE) H 6 Darren Weir
38 164x362x53 KILIMANJARO (IRE) G 7 Liam Howley
39 1424318×13 LETTER TO JULIETTE M 5 Garry White
40 528x420x83 LIBRAN (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller
41 6321×99574 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 7 Darren Weir
42 36164x0x02 MIDTERM (GB) G 6 Liam Howley
43 2741x780x0 MIGHTY BOSS H 4 Mick Price
44 1224×64317 MIRIMAR (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney
45 x419337x35 MISS ADMIRATION M 4 Mick Price
46 4x57x15x82 MR GARCIA (GB) G 6 Darren Weir
47 63x27314x0 MR MOONLIGHT MAGIC (GB) H 6 James Cummings
48 x8914228x6 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller
49 7433923×39 NETTOYER M 5 Wendy Roche
50 5525x546x5 NEW TIPPERARY G 6 Joseph Pride
51 1131119×4 NORTHWEST PASSAGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
52 2x203x60x8 ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (IRE) R 7 Chris Waller
53 17424x02x6 OPPOSITION (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
54 x222415x55 OREGON’S DAY M 5 Mick Price
55 x3110328x2 OUR VENICE BEACH (IRE) H 5 Liam Howley
56 14×0075673 OUTRAGED G 7 Kelly Schweida
57 13114656×6 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller
58 0151330×00 PERIBSEN (IRE) H 6 John O’Shea
59 x93x5880x0 PILOTE D’ESSAI (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
60 511×824116 PIONEERTOWN (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
61 13173x5x60 POETIC DREAM (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
62 9063431×00 PRINCE CHERI (FR) H 10 John O’Shea
63 514×521485 RAQEEQ (GB) G 5 Chris Waller
64 2x11x5x0x0 RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 7 Darren Weir
65 4332230×02 ROMANESQUE (IRE) H 6 Jarrod McLean
66 1x0658x077 SALSONIC G 5 Jason Coyle
67 2x38x947x0 SATONO RASEN (JPN) H 7 Chris Waller
68 122x9131x4 SEDANZER M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
69 93x7x52113 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
70 x43462L1x3 SIN TO WIN (NZ) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
71 20x22525x0 SINGLE GAZE M 6 Chris Waller
72 3314513×01 SIR CHARLES ROAD G 5 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
73 0000×00763 TALL SHIP (IRE) G 8 Darren Weir
74 1416400×01 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller
75 11116×6321 TRAP FOR FOOLS G 5 Jarrod McLean
76 11x0121x61 UNFORGOTTEN M 4 Chris Waller
77 8x3203860x US ARMY RANGER (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley
78 x110x81112 VALAC (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
79 98121x05x4 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 7 Michael Moroney
80 0x437829x7 VENTURA STORM (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
81 x6248x220x WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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