Epsom Handicap News

Classy five-year-old He’s Your Man has capped an exceptional Chris Waller Quinella in the 2014 Epsom Handicap (1600m); beating talented stable mate Royal Descent in a stunning photo finish at Flemington Racecourse. Jumping from the gates well, the Cape Cross gelding settled within the pack, allowing early leaders Pheidon, Ninth…


Epsom Handicap

The 2014 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 prize money 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 Royal Randwick the week before and the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill in mid September.

Epsom Handicap Ballot Exemption

There are several races that provide ballot exemption for the Epsom Handicap. As a result, they are often included in the campaigns of horses targeting the Epsom Handicap. The winners of the Tramway Handicap, Theo Marks Stakes, Cameron Handicap and George Main Stakes are all exempt from ballot in the Epsom Handicap. The winners of the Bill Ritchie Handicap and Shannon Stakes receive ballot exemption as well as exemption from penalty.

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 2015

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Group 1

Manikato Stakes

(1200m)

Moonee Valley

$1,000,000

WFA

Group 1

Melbourne Cup 2015

(3200m)

Flemington

$6,000,000

3YO QH

Group 1

Crown Oaks 2015

(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).

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