Epsom Handicap News

A notable performer through the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival, trainer Peter Snowden has confirmed exciting colt Cluster will contest just his second race since transferring to the Randwick trainer’s new stable this weekend, ahead of a busy preparation geared towards the featured Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) on October 4th….


Epsom Handicap

The Epsom Handicap is a prestigious Group 1 Australian thoroughbred horse race held annually at the Royal Randwick Racecourse.

The 2014 Epsom Handicap will run on Saturday 4th October, 2014.

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Conducted over 1600 metres (one mile) in early October every year, the Group 1 Epsom Handicap is one of the major races of the Sydney Spring Carnival and is worth $500,000 in prizemoney plus trophies.

The Epsom Handicap is run on the biggest and most bet on meetings of the Sydney Spring Carnival, featuring an incredible three other Group 1 races.

The other elite level races held at the Epsom Handicap meeting are The Metropolitan (2400m) and the Flight Stakes (1600m).

Epsom Handicap Lead Up Races

There are a number of earlier spring carnival races held in Sydney that provide horses with the ideal preparatory run for the Epsom Handicap.

Good lead up races include the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) at Randwick the week before and the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill in mid September.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Queensland Oaks

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$400,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Queensland Derby

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Stradbroke Handicap

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$1,000,000

Hcp

Group 1

The TJ Smith

(1600m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Winter Stakes

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

WFA

Group 1

BTC Cup

(1200m)

Doomben

$400,000

WFA

Group 1

Cox Plate

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Group 1

Manikato Stakes

(1,200m)

Moonee Valley

$1,000,000

Open WFA

Group 1

Victoria Derby

(2,500m)

Flemington

$1,500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Cox Plate 2014

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Group 1

Manikato Stakes

(1200m)

Moonee Valley

$1,000,000

WFA

Group 1

Melbourne Cup 2014

(3200m)

Flemington

$6,000,000

3YO QH

Group 1

Crown Oaks 2013

(2,500m)

Flemington

$1,000,000

3YO SW

Epsom Handicap History

The Epsom Handicap is a time-honoured classic first run in 1863 when Dundee claimed victory.

The feature is named after the esteemed Epsom Downs racecourse in England, which is home to the three-year-old classic the Epsom Derby.

Originally a Principal race run over eight furlongs, the Epsom Handicap distance was converted to 1,600m with the adoption of the metric system in 1972.

Less than a decade later the Epsom Handicap was elevated right up to Group 1 status because of the high quality of horses attracted to the race each year.

Since then a number of champion gallopers have claimed glory in the Epsom Handicap including Imposing (1979), Super Impose (1990 & 1991), Racing To Win (2006) and Theseo (2008).

In 2001 Final Fantasy set the Epsom Handicap race record winning in a speedy 1:22.45.

The race was not run in 2007 after the break out of the equine influenza in Australia.

Throughout history six horses have claimed back-to-back wins in the Epsom Handicap: Masquerade (1882 & 1883), Melodrama (1907 & 1908), Chatham (1932 & 1933), Toi Port (1963 & 1964), Super Impose (1990 & 1991) and Desert War (2004 & 2005).

Epsom Handicap Winners & Results

Below is a list of the most recent Epsom Handicap winners.

Year Winner Jockey Time
2013 Boban G. Schofield 1:34.43
2012 Fat Al T. Berry 1:34.5
2011 Secret Admirer B. Avdulla 1:35.5
2010 Captain Sonador G. Boss 1:34.12
2009 Rock Kingdom B. Shinn 1:36.65
2008 Theseo Z. Purton 1:36.28
2007 RACE NOT RUN - -
2006 Racing To Win G. Boss 1:35.06
2005 Desert War L. Cassidy 1:34.51
2004 Desert War S. Seamer 1:37.23
2003 Clangalang C. Brown 1:35.22
2002 Excellerator J. Cassidy 1:35.46
2001 Final Fantasy M. De Montfort 1:22.45
2000 Shogun Lodge G. Boss 1:33.5

Following the Epsom Handicap there is the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and major races including the Victoria Derby, Melbourne Cup, Crown Oaks & Emirates Stakes.