2011 Epsom Handicap Nominations

August 23rd, 2011

The first round of nominations have been released for the 2011 Epsom Handicap with no shortage of high quality runners destined for big spring feature.

The Epsom Handicap itself is worth $500,000 and contested across a 1600m trip at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

It’s the headline act of the biggest day during the Sydney spring racing carnival and runs in partnership with three other Group 1’s including the Spring Champion Stakes, the Flight Stakes and the Metropolitan.

Not only are the who’s who of Sydney’s best trainers out in force in the Epsom Handicap nominations but so too are plenty of interstate trainers with the significance of the Epsom Handicap not lost on a national scale.

As it stands there are 121 horses on the list of Epsom Handicap nominations meaning there’s still a lot of water to go under the bridge before we determine a final field.

That being said we can still pinpoint a few nice looking early chances and a number which are well worth a mention.

Anacheeva is a Group 1 winner and looks to be well suited over 1600m. The horse is starting up this weekend in the Memsie Stakes so they could certainly be one to watch.

Brazilian Pulse ran a shocker first up on the weekend but at her best she’d be with them here. On current form you’d say no chance but don’t take your eye of her in the lead up.

Fanjura surprised many with its runs last prep but if it keeps improving there’s no reason it won’t be around the money in the Epsom. Mid pack horse with plenty of speed late, could be a real bolter.

Glass Harmonium was a star during the Brisbane winter carnival and his forward striding tough attitude is a perfect Epsom fit. The big grey European import is a hard horse to miss and he’ll definitely run a race should he get to Randwick.

Lucha Libre is very lightly raced but at those starts has impressed a lot. Won in black type company at just his second start, look to see how well he returns.

My Kingdom Of Fife was arguably the find of the autumn and if he comes back in top shape he’ll be a hard one to overlook. Incredibly impressive horse and he’ll get the mile no troubles.

Playing God will fly the flag for Western Australia, something he’s already done brilliantly well last season. He can mix it in group company and hopefully as a four year old he’s come back even better.

Startsmeup is already into his prep and will need a bit of stamina to make it to the Epsom. That being said the Queenslander has heart and last start ran a game third in a good field in Sydney.

Tullamore won during the Brisbane winter carnival and Gai Waterhouse has a big opinion of this horse. Probably suited to something longer but depending how quickly he comes back from a spell the Epsom could fit in nicely.

Obviously none or all of these horses could end up in the Epsom handicap field let alone win the race on October 1st.

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Check out the 2011 Epsom Handicap Nominations below and then head over to Luxbet now where you might be able to snag yourself a bargain a couple of months out from the race!

2011 Epsom Handicap Nominations

Horse Benchmark Trainer
1.ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ) 78 Michael Moroney
2.ADNOCON NA Gerald Ryan
4.ALL SILENT 110 Grahame Begg
5.ALOHA 111 Mick Price
6.ALTIUS 85 Chris Waller
7.ANACHEEVA 105 Peter G Moody
8.ANGELICAN 67 Bart Cummings
9.ASHLEE’S JEWEL 77 Jason Coyle
10.AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) 102 Robert Hickmott
11.BAY WINDOW 90 Gwenda Markwell
12.BID SPOTTER 99 Graeme Rogerson
13.BLACKIE (NZ) 93 Michael Kent
14.BLAKEY BOY 65 Jim & Greg Lee
15.BOYS ON TOUR 74 John P Thompson
16.BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ) NA Michael Moroney
17.BULLBARS NA Peter Snowden
18.CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) 109 David Payne
19.CHARING CROSS 72 Gai Waterhouse
20.CHILLYPIN (NZ) NA Kevin Moses
21.CHULA VISTA 69 Anthony Cummings
22.DEAD END (NZ) 70 Michael Moroney
23.DEALER PRINCIPAL 100 Anthony Cummings
24.DIAMONDCOWBOY 70 Ivan Lister
25.DO RA MI (NZ) NA Peter G Moody
27.DYSPHONIA 100 Peter Snowden
28.EREWHON 90 Peter Snowden
29.EUCUMBENE 61 Guy Walter
30.EXTRA ZERO NA David Hayes
31.FANJURA (IRE) NA Anthony Freedman
32.FAST CLIP 98 Gai Waterhouse
33.FEMINA FASHION NA Trevor Whittington
34.FLAT CHAT NA John Sadler
36.FORETELLER (GB) 103 Chris Waller
37.FOXSTAR 82 Guy Walter
38.GATHERING 107 John P Thompson
39.GIGINO (NZ) 93 Chris Waller
40.GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) NA Michael Moroney
41.HARRY THE FOX (NZ) NA Anthony Cummings
43.ILOVETHISCITY 109 Grahame Begg
44.I’M IMPOSING (GB) NA Robert Hickmott
45.INDISCRETIONS 72 Peter Snowden
46.JERSEY LILY 103 Les Bridge
47.JUST BEEN LUCKY NA John P Thompson
48.KIM DIVINE 70 Bart Cummings
49.KING LIONHEART 80 Gai Waterhouse
50.KING’S ROSE (NZ) NA Peter G Moody
51.LAMASERY 87 David Vandyke
52.LANDLOCKED (NZ) 74 Anthony Cummings
53.LARRY’S NEVER LATE (NZ) 101 Jim Conlan
54.LEICA LARRIKIN 98 Les Bridge
55.LEVI’S CHOICE NA John P Thompson
56.LIGHT BRIGADE 85 Gai Waterhouse
57.LINTON 109 Robert Hickmott
58.LUCHA LIBRE (NZ) 86 Anthony Cummings
60.MANY STARS (NZ) 64 Anthony Cummings
61.MARAASEEM NA David Hayes
62.MASTER OF DESIGN 86 David Payne
63.MERENSKY REEF 79 Gai Waterhouse
64.MIRJULISA LASS 99 Gregory Hickman
65.MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ) 91 Joseph Pride
66.MONTON 97 Ron Quinton
67.MORE STRAWBERRIES 98 Gai Waterhouse
68.MY KINGDOM OF FIFE (GB) NA Chris Waller
69.NEESON 102 Joseph Pride
70.NIBLICK NA Robert Hickmott
71.OFFENDERS NA Peter Snowden
72.OLDER THAN TIME 104 Gai Waterhouse
73.PAGO ROCK NA Peter G Moody
74.PANE IN THE GLASS 93 John P Thompson
75.PARABLES NA Peter Snowden
76.PARTHIAN 97 Peter Snowden
78.PINNACLES NA Rick Hore-Lacy
79.PLAYING GOD NA Neville Parnham
80.POOR JUDGE 104 Wayne Nugent
81.PRESSDAY 99 Chris Waller
82.PREVENTABLE NA John P Thompson
83.PURENESS 103 Gai Waterhouse
84.RASPBERRIES 83 Peter Snowden
85.RED COLOSSUS NA Greg Eurell
86.RED LORD 97 Anthony Cummings
87.RED TRACER 104 Chris Waller
89.RENEWED VITALITY 72 John P Thompson
90.REUBEN PERCIVAL (NZ) 77 Gai Waterhouse
91.SACRED CHOICE 117 Joseph Pride
92.SAMUI LAD 75 Gai Waterhouse
93.SEA LORD 84 David Payne
94.SECRET ADMIRER 102 Grahame Begg
95.SHANNARA 96 Peter Snowden
96.SINCERO NA Stephen Farley
97.SKILLED NA Peter Snowden
98.SKYERUSH 90 Guy Walter
99.SPACECRAFT NA David Hayes
100.SPOT THE ROCK NA Tim Martin
101.STARTSMEUP 95 Bruce W Hill
102.STRAIGHT HENNESSY 65 Kerry Parker
103.STRATOFORTRESS (NZ) 99 Gai Waterhouse
104.STUDLEY PARK NA Robert Hickmott
105.SWEETEST MELODY 82 Gai Waterhouse
106.SWIFT JUDGEMENT 68 Bart Cummings
107.SYREON 103 Chris Waller
108.TEARDROP ROCK 81 Gai Waterhouse
109.TESTASCANA NA Peter G Moody
110.THANKGODYOU’REHERE 101 Patrick & Wayne Webster
111.TOM’S ROCKET 73 Joseph Pride
112.TOORAK TOFF NA Rick Hore-Lacy
113.TORIO’S QUEST NA Brett Partelle
114.TRIPLE ELEGANCE 107 Chris Waller
115.TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ) NA Chris Waller
116.TRUSTING 107 John P Thompson
117.TULLAMORE (NZ) NA Gai Waterhouse
118.TURNSTILES (NZ) 84 Anthony Cummings
119.WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ) 64 Gai Waterhouse
120.WILLY JIMMY NA Guy Walter
121.ZARA DANCER (NZ) 85 Bruce Wallace