The 2011 Epsom Handicap is still a while away however now is the time to start having a look around for horses which just may make the grade later on in the year.
The spring carnival is only a matter of weeks off getting underway and in doing so some quality horses will start to wind up the pace and really get motoring.
All trainers will give there horse at least a start or two before the Epsom Handicap and as a result you’ll get a good read on the horse against some of their rivals.
The Group 1 Epsom Handicap is one of the biggest races of the Sydney spring calendar and it’s arguably the biggest overall race card.
Every race of the day is black type rated with two Listed events, a Group 3, two Group 2’s and a massive four Group 1’s.
Nominations close for the 2011 Epsom Handicap at the end of September with the race itself scheduled for Saturday October the 1st.
There are some key exemptions though which give a horse direct entry and mean they can bypass the always hotly contested ballot entry.
In addition these races have been deemed the best lead up races for the Epsom so any serious punter should take note and really study these races properly.
Exempt from ballot for the 2011 Epsom Handicap are the winners of the Tramway Handicap and the Cameron Handicap.
Exempt from both ballot and penalty for the 2011 Epsom Handicap are the winners of the Bill Ritchie Handicap, Shannon Stakes and the Stan Fox Stakes.
There is a prize pool of $500,000 on offer for the race with first place worth $300,000 in cash.
The other events on the Epsom Handicap Day card include the Group 1 Metropolitan, Group 1 Flight Stakes, Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes, Group 2 Premiere Stakes, Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes, Group 3 Craven Plate, Listed Breeders Plate and the Listed Gimcrack Stakes.
As you can see any punter worth their salt is involved on Epsom Day with such a high quality card and so many of the best horses always in action.
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