2014 Epsom Handicap Weights Released

September 15th, 2014

Weights for the two October 4 Royal Randwick features in Sydney were released today including those for the Epsom Handicap 2014.

Sacred Falls

Sacred Falls is allocated the 2014 Epsom Handicap top weight with 59kg for the October 4 showdown. Photo: Steve Hart.

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

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
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
4 BOBAN Chris Waller 4= 58kg 114
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
8 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller 8= 56.5kg 111
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
18 MONTON Ron Quinton 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
25 HONORIUS David Payne 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
36 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher 36= 52kg 99
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
53 SINGLE Craig Carmody 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
62 PHEIDON 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
69 WOODBINE Gai Waterhouse 68= 52kg 82
70 ZULULAND David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 68= 52kg 82
71 RYKER Gai Waterhouse 71 52kg 81
72 AS NEEDED Anthony Cummings 72= 52kg 80
73 SCRATCH ME LUCKY Paul Perry 72= 52kg 80
74 LONGMA Gai Waterhouse 74= 52kg 78
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
85 DIAMONDSINTHENIGHT David Pfieffer 85 52kg 64