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 Legion and Woodbine to set a fair tempo over the back straight and rounding the bend.
Finding the final straight with plenty to do, He’s Your Man steadily worked into stride and charged home down the outside, beating Royal Descent by a short bob of a head; brave runner Hooked maintaining for third.
Jetting into the country from Hong Kong to partner He’s Your Man in the 2014 Epsom Handicap, Joao Moreira was understandably thrilled to secure a maiden Australian Group 1 at Flemington this afternoon.
“Great, lovely horse, such great people invited me to get here, special for this horse and we’ve done it, the feeling couldn’t be better,” Moreira said immediately after the race.
“Really, really special – I’ve chased a Group 1 win in Australian for probably four or five years and finally we got there, so that means a lot to me.”
Trainer Chris Waller was clear favourite to win the 2014 Epsom Handicap having confirmed several of his stable’s stars in the final field, laying the praise on Joao Moreira’s perfectly-timed ride and underlining the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) as the likely next point of call.
“I’ve always maintained you’ve got to use the jockeys in form. For whatever reason we chose Joao, I like the fact he’d been in Australian before and ridden a few times, not with a lot of luck but he had that experience and the Sydney racing scene is tough,” Waller said.
“Probably the Mackinnon springs to mind; four weeks between runs, we’ve spaced his runs successfully in the past and sure it’s a weight for age, but I don’t know.”
Securing a fifth race win in taking out the 2014 Epsom Handicap, He’s Your Man’s performance this afternoon is sure to lead to a substantial cut in early Mackinnon Stakes betting markets.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best early odds on all major races through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival!
2014 Epsom Handicap Results
|1||6||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||Joao Moreira||–||10||52.5kg||$5.50|
|2||2||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||0.1L||11||55.5kg||$6.50|
|3||8||HOOKED||John P Thompson||Sam Clipperton||1.6L||14||52kg||$17|
|4||9||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Chris Munce||1.7L||9||52kg||$10|
|5||7||HONORIUS||David Payne||Ms Winona Costin (a)||1.8L||6||52.5kg||$101|
|6||13||PHEIDON||Gai Waterhouse||Thomas Huet||1.9L||3||52kg||$41|
|7||12||LIBERTY’S CHOICE||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||3.2L||5||52kg||$21|
|8||14||WOODBINE||Gai Waterhouse||Christian Reith||3.3L||13||52kg||$18|
|9||1||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||4.1L||1||58kg||$6.50|
|10||5||STAR ROLLING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Ms Linda Meech||4.7L||2||53kg||$16|
|11||10||LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jeff Lloyd||4.9L||4||52kg||$41|
|12||15||SPY DECODER (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||Jay Ford||5.5L||15||52kg||$71|
|13||11||JETSET LAD (NZ)||Brian Smith||Anthony Allen||5.7L||7||52kg||$61|
|14||3||TOYDINI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||5.8L||8||55.5kg||$5F|
|15||4||LASER HAWK||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||6.4L||12||53.5kg||$10|