The Epsom Handicap is one of the two great Group 1 handicap miles (1600m) run by the Australian Jockey Club. The race is held in October each year at Randwick during the Spring Racing Carnival.
- Race Type: Group 1 Handicap
- Distance: 1,600 metres
- Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday, 1 October 2016
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The race is named after the famous Epsom Downs racecourse in the south of England where the highly prestigious three-year-old Classic the Epsom Derby has been contested since 1780. The first Epsom Handicap was run in 1865 and was won by a horse named Dundee. The race is for three year olds and up, and along with the Doncaster is regarded as one of Australia classic 1600m races, carrying prizemoney of $600,000.
It is a race which has been contested by some of the best horses in Australia and many top class horses have carried huge weights to win.
2016 Epsom Handicap Final Field & Odds:
See below for all the latest Epsom Handicap odds plus final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2016 Epsom Handicap Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There are 13 runners for the $1,000,000 TAB Epsom Handicap and the betting is very open. The early favourite is McCreery who comes off consecutive wins in the Rowley Mile and the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes, and is one of 4 runners for Chris Waller who has won the past 3 Epsom’s. The second line of betting has Hauraki who won the Tramway first-up then chased home Winx for 2nd in the George Main Stakes, and Fabrizio who has won 5 of his 8 starts but is taking a big step-up in grade.
Palentino won the Australian Guineas as a three-year-old and won the Makybe Diva Stakes over this distance last start. Happy Clapper likes this track and was 2nd in the Doncaster in the autumn. Mackintosh has won 6 of his 9 starts and resumed with a win in the G2 Theo Marks. Le Romain was the Randwick Guineas winner here in the autumn and has run 2nd at all 3 starts since resuming. All other runners are at 14 to 1 or longer, including Sons Of John who was 3rd in this race last year.
Racing returns to Randwick this week for a Super Saturday event with three Group 1, two Group 2, a Group 3 and three Listed races. The headline race is the Group 1 $1,000,000 Epsom Handicap over 1600 metres. The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
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|2 Hauraki||4 Happy Clapper||2 Hauraki|
|1 Palentino||1 Palentino||4 Happy Clapper|
|13 Fabrizio||2 Hauraki||1 Palentino|
|8 Mackintosh||10 Heavens Above||11 Vanburgh|
Previous winners of the Epsom Handicap:
Six horses have won the race in consecutive years – Masquerade (1882/1883), Melodrama (1907/1908), Chatham (1932/1933), Toi Port (1963/1964), the wonderful Super Impose (1990/1991) and Desert War (2004/2005). In addition Amounis won twice, but not consecutively, in 1926 and 1928.
The race was not ran in 2007 for the first time in its 142 year history, due to an outbreak of Equine Influenza that stopped horse movements in the area. In 2012 Fat Al gave Gai Waterhouse her 7th Epsom winner, to equal the record set by her father TJ Smith.
|2016||Hauraki||Dibayani (IRE)||Mackintosh (NZ)|
|2015||Winx||Ecuador (NZ)||Sons Of John|
|2014||He’s Your Man (Fr)||Royal Descent||Hooked|
|2012||Fat Al||Ambidexter||Rolling Pin|
|2011||Secret Admirer||Pinker Pinker||Red Tracer|
|2010||Captain Sonador||Trusting||Sacred Choice|
|2009||Rock Kingdom||Rangirangdoo||Road To Rock|
|2008||Theseo||Bank Robber||Gallant Tess|
|2007||Race Not Run|
|2006||Racing To Win||Desert War||Malcolm|
|2005||Desert War||Johan’s Toy||Lotteria|
|2004||Desert War||Our Egyptian Raine||Tsuimai|
|2003||Clangalang||Grand Armee||Forum Floozie|