Weights for the two October 4 Royal Randwick features in Sydney were released today including those for the Epsom Handicap 2014.
Both the $500,000 THE STAR Epsom Handicap (1600m) and the $400,000 Group 1 McGrath Real Estates Agents The Metropolitan (2400m) run in Sydney at the meeting and Racing NSW has revealed the allocated handicaps for both races.
There were 85 Epsom Handicap nominations taken for the 149th running of the race this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival with the top weight coming from the four time Sydney Premiership winning stables of Chris Waller.
He has a host of livewire chances in the Epsom Handicap nominations and betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au including O’Reilly five-year-old Sacred Falls allocated 59kg.
The three-time Group 1 winner is a dual Doncaster Mile champion (2013 and 2014) and carried 56.5kg when eighth in the Epsom last year.
He’s since won a second Doncaster however and run second in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, plus enjoyed nice weight-for-age runs when fourth in both the Warwick Stakes and Chelmsford Stakes this time in at Randwick.
Waller trained the first six over the line in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) on September 6 including the winner Hawkspur and runner-up Royal Descent who are allocated 56.5kg and 55.5kg respectively for the Epsom Handicap.
The pair are also the shortest priced of Waller’s Epsom hopes in the futures markets at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $11 as two of the six equal favourites.
Runner-up to Sacred Falls in this year’s Doncaster Mile run in the mud, former ATC Oask winner Royal Descent is also the heaviest weighted of the mares in the Epsom Handicap this year with her 55.5kg.
The other top fancies and their Epsom Handicap weights are then Peter Moody’s Memsie Stakes – Makybe Diva Stakes double winner this season Dissident (58kg), the Team Hawkes-trained Toydini (55.5kg), Group 2 Tramway Stakes winner first-up Lucia Valentina (53kg) and Toydini’s stable mate Chautauqua (52.5kg) who won the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality last weekend.
Also in the mix for Waller meanwhile are the likes of equal 58kg second top weight Boban who won the race last year carrying five kilos less (53kg) and the former Gai Waterhouse-trained Bull Point well down the ballot sitting equal 36th with only 52kg.
Boban has won two subsequent Group 1 races since his Epsom success last Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the Bernardini five-year-old having run fifth behind Dissident in both the Memsie and Makybe Diva at his two most recent starts.
Other heavily weighted runners following Sacred Falls (59kg), Dissident (58kg) and Hawkspur (58kg) meanwhile include dual Group 1 winner Foreteller (57kg) also prepared by Waller, Moment Of Change (56.5kg), Rebel Dane (56kg) and Criterion (56kg).
Three three-year-olds meanwhile remain in Epsom Handicap contention this year with Zululand, Scratch Me Lucky and Bold Circle all on the 52kg limit.
Also on 52kg but assured of a start sitting equal first on the Epsom Handicap ballot along wither the Kris Lees-trained Lucia Valentina meanwhile is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Cluster who won the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) defeating Bull Point by a neck at Rosehill last weekend.
Other notable Epsom hopes and their weights then include 2012 Thousand Guineas winner Commanding Jewel (53.5kg), another Team Hawkes entry in Doomben Cup runner-up Leebaz (52.5kg), stable mate Atlante (52kg), the Anthony Cummings-trained As Needed (52kg) and Waller’s Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes winner on Golden Rose Day He’s Your Man (52.5kg)
See below for the full Epsom Handicap 2014 ballot and weight allocations.
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2014 Epsom Handicap Weights & Ballot
Royal Randwick Racecourse – Saturday October 4, 2014
|1||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||1=||53kg||108|
|2||CLUSTER||Peter & Paul Snowden||1=||52kg||101|
|3||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||3||59kg||116|
|5||DISSIDENT||Peter G Moody||4=||58kg||114|
|6||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||6||55.5kg||113|
|7||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||7||57kg||112|
|9||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||8=||56.5kg||111|
|10||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||10=||56kg||110|
|11||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||10=||56kg||110|
|12||TOYDINI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||12=||55.5kg||109|
|13||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon & Troy Corstens||12=||53.5kg||109|
|14||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||14=||54kg||106|
|15||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||14=||54kg||106|
|16||DIAMOND DRILLE||Gai Waterhouse||14=||52kg||106|
|17||LASER HAWK||Joseph Pride||17=||53.5kg||105|
|19||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||19=||53kg||104|
|20||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||19=||53kg||104|
|21||STAR ROLLING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||19=||53kg||104|
|22||AOMEN (IRE)||Anthony Cummings||22=||52.5kg||103|
|23||CHAUTAUQUA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||22=||52.5kg||103|
|24||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||22=||52.5kg||103|
|26||LEEBAZ (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||22=||52.5kg||103|
|27||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent||27=||52kg||102|
|28||SLOW PACE (USA)||Kris Lees||27=||52kg||102|
|29||CRACKERJACK KING (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||29=||52kg||101|
|30||RECITE (NZ)||John Bary||29=||52kg||101|
|31||RIVA DE LAGO||Chris Waller||29=||52kg||101|
|32||ARABIAN GOLD||David Vandyke||32=||52kg||100|
|33||ATLANTE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||32=||52kg||100|
|34||GYPSY DIAMOND||Peter & Paul Snowden||32=||52kg||100|
|35||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||32=||52kg||100|
|37||BULL POINT||Chris Waller||36=||52kg||99|
|38||I’M IMPOSING (GB)||Chris Waller||36=||52kg||99|
|39||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||36=||52kg||99|
|40||ZEPHYRON (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||36=||52kg||99|
|41||CHINTZ (NZ)||Joseph Pride||41=||52kg||97|
|42||JACQUINOT BAY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||41=||52kg||97|
|43||LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE)||Chris Waller||43||52kg||96|
|44||HOOKED||John P Thompson||44=||52kg||95|
|45||JETSET LAD (NZ)||Brian Smith||44=||52kg||95|
|46||MR CHARD||Tony McEvoy||44=||52kg||95|
|47||VILANOVA (NZ)||Chris Waller||44=||52kg||95|
|48||CANNY BALLAD||Joseph Pride||48||52kg||94|
|49||BRAVE CENTAUR (NZ)||Lance Noble||49=||52kg||93|
|50||REAL SURREAL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||49=||52kg||93|
|51||SWEET AS BRO (NZ)||Leon & Troy Corstens||51||52kg||92|
|52||ELECTRIC FUSION||Robert Smerdon||52=||52kg||91|
|54||ESTONIAN PRINCESS||Scott Aspery||54=||52kg||90|
|55||SKIP TOWN||Matthew Smith||54=||52kg||90|
|56||INTIMATE MOMENT (NZ)||Ron Quinton||56=||52kg||89|
|57||LAIDBACK LARRY (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||56=||52kg||89|
|58||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||58=||52kg||88|
|59||SAINT OR SINNER (NZ)||Michael Moroney||58=||52kg||88|
|60||ROCK STURDY||Joseph Pride||60||52kg||87|
|61||AUSSIES LOVE SPORT||Gai Waterhouse||61=||52kg||86|
|63||BEST CASE (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||63||52kg||85|
|64||ANY DAY WILL DO||David Vandyke||64=||52kg||84|
|65||LIBERTY’S CHOICE||Gai Waterhouse||64=||52kg||84|
|66||SHAMALIA||Bart & James Cummings||64=||52kg||84|
|67||CAMPANOLOGY (GB)||Chris Waller||67||52kg||83|
|68||SPIRIT OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||68=||52kg||82|
|70||ZULULAND||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||68=||52kg||82|
|72||AS NEEDED||Anthony Cummings||72=||52kg||80|
|73||SCRATCH ME LUCKY||Paul Perry||72=||52kg||80|
|75||LORNA MAY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||74=||52kg||78|
|76||ROCK HERO||David Payne||76||52kg||77|
|77||SENSIBILITY||Peter G Moody||77=||52kg||75|
|78||THE BOUNCER (NZ)||Bryce Revell||77=||52kg||75|
|79||SPY DECODER (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||79||52kg||73|
|80||DARCI MAGIC (NZ)||Bede Murray||80=||52kg||71|
|81||FORGET MAYBE||Anthony Cummings||80=||52kg||71|
|82||STAMINA||Peter G Moody||80=||52kg||71|
|83||BOLD CIRCLE||David Payne||83||52kg||70|
|84||O’REILLY’S REVENGE (NZ)||Bede Murray||84||52kg||66|