Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||Saturday, October 2, 2021|
THE Epsom Handicap is a handicapped group one race held at Royal Randwick in Sydney for horses aged three years and older.
Steeped in over 150 years of tradition, the Epsom Handicap is considered one of Australia’s great mile handicaps.
The history of the race is unique and unprecedented in thoroughbred racing.
The Epsom Handicap is one of only a handful of group one races in the world that has had multiple dead-heat finishes in its history, in 1873 and 1925.
Alongside this, the 2007 edition of the race drew worldwide headlines after it was cancelled following fears surrounding the equine influenza.
The Epsom Handicap has a total prize pool of $1 million and draws punters in given it pits up and coming mile horses against some of the more seasoned milers in the country.
The race has been dominated in the modern era by Gai Waterhouse, who has won the Epsom Handicap seven times in the time period between 1997 and 2012.
2021 Epsom Handicap Odds
Hungry Heart and Riodini share the second line of betting following eye-catching runs in the George Main Stakes, with $7 available for the duo.
Atishu, Aramayo and Private Eye are the other notable names that have seen support in all-in markets.
Best Epsom Handicap bookmakers
The Epsom Handicap is one of the key fixtures on the Australian thoroughbred racing calendar and is treated like gold by the online bookmakers.
Any bookie worth their salt will open a Epsom Handicap months in advance of the jump date, and will give the race plenty of coverage through their online channels.
The bookmakers we trust the most are listed below and we recommend anyone interested in betting on the Epsom Handicap to hit up any one of these sites:
Betting on the Epsom Handicap
When it comes to the Epsom Handicap, there are three races that punters will need to follow closely if history is any judge of who will win: Ritchie Handicap, Shannon Stakes and the George Main Stakes.
Invariably the winner or place-getter in these three races produces the Epsom Handicap winner.
In the period between 2006 and 2016 – taking into consideration that 2007 was called off due to the equine influenza scare – these three races have produced six of 10 winners, while the 2016 winner Hauraki finished second in the George Main Stakes two weeks prior to its Epsom win.
Weight handicaps are also extremely important in the race.
Only two horses – Hauraki (56kg) in 2016 and Winx (57kg) in 2015 – have carried more than 54kg to victory since 2006.
Unlike other big name races in the country, double-figure barriers have not been a problem in the Epsom Handicap.
Secret Admirer (16 in 2011), Boban (10 in 2013), He’s Your Man (10 in 2014), Kolding (12 in 2019) and Probabeel (15 in 2020) all overcame wider alleys to take out the race.
2020 Epsom Handicap result
Recent Epsom Handicap runnings
- Old sparring partners Probabeel and Funstar went stride-for-stride over the concluding stages, but it was the New Zealand mare Probabeel who claimed Epsom Handicap success. On the back of a near perfect steer from Kerrin McEvoy, the mare was settled in the first six despite jumping from barrier 15. When asked for an effort the mare quickly put a length on her rivals and in the end it was quite a soft win for a mare on the way up.
- Glen Boss and Chris Waller teamed up to take out the 2019 Epsom Handicap. The Waller trained galloper shared favouritism with the star Kiwi galloper Te Akau Shark and it was the two who fought out the finish, with Kolding holding on by the barest of margins to defy a flying Te Akau Shark in a battle for the ages. Kolding comes of age in Epsom Hcp victory
- Who would have picked long-time Winx rival Hartnell’s revival would come under the mightymare’s regular horseman Hugh Bowman? Saddling up in the Epsom after a pair of encouraging runs in Melbourne, a trip to Sydney was just the tonic for the Godolphin gun, which got a beautiful run in transit and surged to the line in the latter stages of the race to topple D’Argento in a photo finish.
- Happy Clapper justified its favouritism for the 2017 Epsom Handicap. The Patrick Webster-trained seven-year-old got quickly to the lead in the home straight while its opposition was stuck back in traffic – namely Tom Melbourne which got clear late and rattled home for second. The group one win was a long overdue victory for trainer Patrick Webster and it was one of the feel good stories of the day at Randwick. Read race report here.
- Godolphin gun Huaraki came into the Epsom of 2016 as a $6.50 shot after a strong performance in the George Main Stakes, but in a confusingly run race, James McDonald found himself at the back of the field with plenty of work to do heading into the latter stages. The Kiwi took the gun runner to the wide outside and hammered it home to win in a photo finish ahead of a dynamic Dibayani. Read a full report.
- One of the 17 straight, Winx came into the Epsom Handicap as an odds-on favourite and justified the short price in a dominating display. Despite getting tangled up coming around the Randwick bend Winx balanced up nicely and streaked away to the line.
- French import He’s Your Man’s performance in the 2014 Epsom Handicap could be the greatest victories of the modern era. Under a spectacular ride from Joao Moreira, the gelding powered to the line and got the bob of the head in at the perfect time to tip out stablemate Royal Descent.
- In its first major group 1 success in a glittering career, Waller-trained superstar Boban produced an off-the-canvas performance few had seen before in the Epsom. After rounding the corner in last, Glyn Schofield gave the gelding everything he had after taking it to the outside and the horse responded, taking the race out in the a photo to return $6 for punters.
Previous Epsom Handicap winners
|Epsom Handicap Past Winners|
|2020||Probabeel||Kerrin McEvoy||Jamie Richards|
|2019||Kolding||Glen Boss||Chris Waller|
|2018||Hartnell||Hugh Bowman||James Cummings|
|2017||Happy Clapper||Blake Shinn||Patrick Webster|
|2016||Hauraki||James McDonald||John O’Shea|
|2015||Winx||Hugh Bowman||Chris Waller|
|2014||He’s Your Man||Joao Moreira||Chris Waller|
|2013||Boban||Glyn Schofield||Guy Walter|
|2012||Fat Al||Tommy Berry||Gai Waterhouse|
|2011||Secret Admirer||Brenton Avdulla||Grahame Begg|
|2010||Captain Sonador||Glen Boss||Roger Milne|
|2009||Rock Kingdom||Blake Shinn||Gai Waterhouse|
|2008||Theseo||Zac Purton||Gai Waterhouse|
|2007||Race Not Held|
|2006||Racing To Win||Glen Boss||John O’Shea|
|2005||Desert War||Larry Cassidy||Gai Waterhouse|
|2004||Desert War||Scott Seamer||Gai Waterhouse|
|2003||Clangalang||Corey Brown||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou|
|2002||Excellerator||Jim Cassidy||Gai Waterhouse|
|2001||Final Fantasy||Mark de Montfort||Bruce Cross|
|2000||Shogun Lodge||Glen Boss||Bob Thomsen|
Epsom Handicap Past Winners Pre 2000
|Epsom Handicap Past Winners Pre 2000|
|1989||From The Planet|
|1968||Speed Of Sound|
|1948||De La Salle|
|1925||Boaster / Metellus|
|1873||Atalanta / Kingfisher|