Epsom Handicap News

Boban has narrowly defeated Streama to win the 2013 Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Royal Randwick today. After not have a good start, siting wide and encountering a few problems in their run, jockey Glyn Schofield steered Boban to the outside and produced an amazing finish to catch Streama and…


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 Spring Champion Stakes, The Metropolitan and the Flight Stakes.

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.