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 late September or 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, 3 October 2020
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’s classic 1600m races, carrying prizemoney of $1,000,000.
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.
2018 Epsom Handicap Final Field & Odds:
See below for all the latest Epsom Handicap odds plus final field.
2018 Epsom Handicap Preview & Tips:
Track: Soft Weather: Overcast
There is a full field of 20 runners for the $1,000,000 TAB Epsom Handicap, following the early scratching of Radipole and first emergency Nettoyer. Chris Waller has 8 runners including the two most favoured runners in the early market. Betting is close between the top 3 runners, and the early favourite is D’argento who resumed for 3rd behind Winx in the Winx Stakes then 2nd in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes. Second favourite is Australian Oaks winner Unforgotten who resumed for 6th in the Winx Stakes before an impressive 1.3 length win in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes last start. Third favourite is Pierata who resumed for a win in the G2 Missile Stakes then ran a close 2nd in the G3 Bill Ritchie Handicap.
Siege Of Quebec chased hard to win the Bill Ritchie last outing but has no wet weather form. Lanciato has worked home solidly at his last 2 starts and was inconvenienced when 8th in the G2 Tramway Stakes. Hartnell followed 2nd in the G2 PB Lawrence Stakes with a close 4th in the G2 Dato’Tan Chin Nam Stakes and goes well third-up. Champagne Cuddles ran 3rd in the G2 Sheraco Stakes then 2nd in the G2 Golden Pendant. Shillelagh resumed for 4th in the G2 Theo Marks Stakes and generally improves second-up. All other runners are currently over 20 to 1 including Muraaqeb who won a benchmark race at this track and distance last start carrying 60kg and only has 50kg here.
Racing returns to Randwick this week for a Super Saturday event with three Group 1, two Group 2, two Group 3, a Listed and a benchmark race. 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.
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.
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