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, 30 September 2017
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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.
2017 Epsom Handicap Final Field & Odds:
See below for all the latest Epsom Handicap odds plus final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2017 Epsom Handicap Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
Following the early scratching of He’s Our Rokkii and Embley, 12 runners remain for the $1,000,000 TAB Epsom Handicap. The early favourite is Happy Clapper who resumed for a win in the Tramway then ran 2nd to Winx in the George Main, defeating the rest of the field by over 4 lengths. Second favourite is Egg Tart who is one of 5 runners for Chris Waller and won 5 races last campaign before resuming for 2nd in the Theo Marks. Third favourite is Tom Melbourne who has ran 2nd at all 3 starts this campaign.
Comin’ Through has won 2 races at Randwick since resuming but this is his toughest test. Foxplay was 2nd behind Winx in the Warwick Stakes before 3rd in the George Main. Sound Proposition won 2 races at Randwick before a close 2nd in the G3 Cameron. McCreery was 4th in the George Main and likes this distance. Red Excitement likes this distance but hasn’t won for a while. Zanbagh looked good winning the Tibbie at Newcastle and is a rough hope. The other runners are currently 30 to 1 or longer.
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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|1 Happy Clapper||10 Egg Tart||1 Happy Clapper|
|2 Foxplay||1 Happy Clapper||10 Egg Tart|
|10 Egg Tart||9 Tom Melbourne||11 Comin’ Through|
|11 Comin’ Through||11 Comin’ Through||9 Tom Melbourne|
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.
|2017||Happy Clapper||Tom Melbourne (IRE)||Snitzson|
|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|