Epsom Handicap

Epsom Handicap

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Location: Randwick Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 1,600m

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.

2020 Epsom Handicap Odds

A capacity field of 20 is set to greet the judge for the 2020 running of the Epsom Handicap. Chris Waller has a strong hand of 8 runners engaged, including the favourite Star Of The Seas at $6.00 after his eye catching run in the George Main Stakes and will look to improve on his third in last year’s Epsom Handicap.

The winner of the Bill Ritchie, Probabeel is on the second line of betting at $8.50, whilst Kolding and Rock share the third line of betting in what looks set to be a sensational running of the 2020 Epsom Handicap.

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:

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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.

In 10 years, 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) and Kolding (12 in 2019) all overcame wider alleys to take out the race.

2019 Epsom Handicap result

  • 1stKolding ($5.50)
  • 2ndTe Akau Shark ($2.05)
  • 3rdStar Of The Seas ($3.80 SP)

Recent Epsom Handicap runnings

  • 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 Stakes past winners
    Year Epsom Handicap Past Winner
    2019 Kolding
    2018 Hartnell
    2017 Happy Clapper
    2016 Hauraki
    2015 Winx
    2014 He’s Your Man
    2013 Boban
    2012 Fat Al
    2011 Secret Admirer
    2010 Captain Sonador
    2009 Rock Kingdom
    2008 Theseo
    2007 Race not held
    2006 Racing To Win
    2005 Desert War
    2004 Desert War
    2003 Clangalang
    2002 Excellerator
    2001 Final Fantasy
    2000 Shogun Lodge
    1999 Allez Suez
    1998 Dodge
    1997 Iron Horse
    1996 Filante
    1995 Nick’s Joy
    1994 Navy Seal
    1993 Golden Sword
    1992 Kinjite
    1991 Super Impose
    1990 Super Impose
    1989 From The Planet
    1988 Regal Native
    1987 Sound Horizon
    1986 Chanteclair
    1985 Magnitude
    1984 Riverdale
    1983 Cool River
    1982 Dalmacia
    1981 Gold Circle
    1980 Bold Diplomat
    1979 Imposing
    1978 Leonotis
    1977 Raffindale
    1976 La Neige
    1975 Authentic Heir
    1974 Citadel
    1973 Lord Nelson
    1972 Triton
    1971 Gunsynd
    1970 Ricochet
    1969 Broker’s Tip
    1968 Speed Of Sound
    1967 Cabochon
    1966 Chantal
    1965 Even Better
    1964 Toi Port
    1963 Toi Port
    1962 Rochdale
    1961 Sky High
    1960 Ma Cherie
    1959 Noholme
    1958 Turkestan
    1957 Timo
    1956 Knave
    1955 Hans
    1954 Connaught
    1953 Silver Phantom
    1952 High Law
    1951 Davey Jones
    1950 Achilles
    1949 Denali
    1948 De La Salle
    1947 Titanic
    1946 Blue Legend
    1945 Shannon
    1944 Modulation
    1943 Kiaree
    1942 Freckles
    1941 Rimveil
    1940 High Caste
    1939 Geebung
    1938 King’s Head
    1937 Gold Rod
    1936 Capris
    1935 Synagogue
    1934 Silver Ring
    1933 Chatham
    1932 Chatham
    1931 Autopay
    1930 Cathmar
    1929 Nightmarch
    1928 Amounis
    1927 Vaals
    1926 Amounis
    1925 Boaster / Metellus
    1924 Blackadder
    1923 Claro
    1922 Rostrum
    1921 Beauford
    1920 Greenstead
    1919 Wolaroi
    1918 Rebus
    1917 Satin Bird
    1916 Panacre
    1915 Woorak
    1914 Portrush
    1913 Aleconner
    1912 Hartfell
    1911 Volsloane
    1910 Silver Hampton
    1909 Hyman
    1908 Melodrama
    1907 Melodrama
    1906 Maximize
    1905 Sleeper
    1904 Contest
    1903 Famous
    1902 Air Motor
    1901 Sequence
    1900 Ampier
    1899 Djin Djin
    1898 Alemene
    1897 Robin Hood
    1896 Steward
    1895 Hopscotch
    1894 Uabba
    1893 Brockleigh
    1892 Daredevil
    1891 Marvel
    1890 Bungebah
    1889 Novice
    1888 Stockwell
    1887 Phaon
    1886 Zeno
    1885 Folly
    1884 Espiegle
    1883 Masquerade
    1882 Masquerade
    1881 Waxy
    1880 Master Avenel
    1879 Sweetmeat
    1878 Viscount
    1877 Eva
    1876 Malta
    1875 Evangeline
    1874 Westminster
    1873 Atalanta / Kingfisher
    1872 The Count
    1871 Captain Cook
    1870 Deceptive
    1869 Circassian
    1868 Phoebe
    1867 Birmingham
    1866 Rapidan
    1865 Dundee

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