One of Sydney’s standout races during the Spring Carnival each year, the featured Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) will boast an impressive $1 million prize pool from this year after the ATC confirmed it would double the previous tag of $500,000.
Run on the first Saturday of October, the Epsom is contested under standard handicap conditions and headlines and impressive nine race card which also includes both the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) for three-year-old fillies.
The Group 1 Epsom Handicap has a rich history, and has won by some of the country’s most renowned milers. The great Gunsynd saluted in the race in 1971 while Desert War was the most recent horse to win the race two years in row in 2004 and 2005.
Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller has dominated the race in recent years and will be aiming to complete a hat-trick in the event after saddling Boban to success in 2013 and He’s Your Man in 2014.
Chief Executive of the ATC, Darren Pearce told Racing Victoria the premier racing body is thrilled to up the stakes for the 2015 Epsom Handicap and beyond and are confident the decision will lead to an even greater spectacle.
“The Star Epsom Handicap is again Australia’s premier Spring mile race and we hope it can attract The Star Doncaster winners and runners, and those heading to races such as the Cox Plate as in previous years with champions such as Super Impose, Filante and Racing To Win,” Pearce said.
“Prizemoney is just one area where we have been able to return more of our surplus to the industry, and we are delighted to further bolster our Spring program.
“The reduction in track fees represents the beginning of a commitment to use surpluses to reduce costs for owners and we are committed to doing more in the future as we focus on continual improvement.”
The 2015 edition of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap is due to run as the featured event at Randwick on October 3rd.