2016 Epsom Handicap Field and Barrier Draw

September 27th, 2016

Thirteen runners have been confirmed in the 2016 Epsom Handicap field, following the completion of a barrier draw for Saturday’s feature race at Royal Randwick this morning.

Hauraki has been confirmed in the 2016 Epsom Handicap field. Photo: Steve Hart

Hauraki has been confirmed in the 2016 Epsom Handicap field. Photo: Steve Hart

Godolphin runner Hauraki has returned to racing in slick form this time and has drawn, perhaps ideally, into the 2016 Epsom Handicap field in barrier 10 with James McDonald in the saddle.

Placed at Group 1 level multiple times, Hauraki was one of Godolphin’s more consistent performers in autumn and early winters this year; running third to Winx in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) before placing a close second in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m).

Ending his campaign second in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane, the Reset gelding stormed home to win the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) first-up this time before placing second in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) a fortnight ago.

Palentino beat a talented field to the line in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) last time out and will jump from barrier 9 in the Epsom Handicap.

Placing seventh in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) upon resuming this year, Palentino lost the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) on protest on February 20th, but responded in the best way possible with a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).

Rounding out his season second in the Group 2 Alister Clarke Stakes (2040m), the Teofilo entire ran fourth in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) first-up this time; progressing to fifth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) in his only other start prior to the Makybe Diva Stakes.

Le Romain stamped himself as one to watch through the recent Autumn Carnival and has drawn into the Epsom Handicap field in barrier 3, with leading hoop Hugh Bowman in the saddle.

Making a competitive transition to black type company when second to Spill The Beans in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) on February 6th, the Hard Spun gelding again finished second to champion colt Press Statement in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m), before turning the table with success in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).

Failing to fire when seventh in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), Le Romain has finished second in each of the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m), Tramway Stakes and Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1350m) this time in.

Doncaster Mile runner-up Happy Clapper has been unable to make much of his two runs this time in, but has been confirmed in the 2016 Epsom Handicap field by trainer Pat Webster and will leave from the rails draw.

Jason Attard’s stable star Sons Of John will carry winning form into the Epsom Handicap after taking out the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) a fortnight ago and will jump from the outside gate.

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2016 Epsom Handicap Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1x7212x451 PALENTINO Darren Weir Mark Zahra 9 57kg 111
2 x332722x12 HAURAKI John O’Shea James McDonald 10 56kg 109
3 x12217x222 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 3 55.5kg 108
4 11x4523x56 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Brenton Avdulla 1 55kg 107
5 151x1261x7 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Chris O’Brien 12 54.5kg 106
6 99x4249x23 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 11 54kg 105
7 2380x05x61 SONS OF JOHN Jason Attard Glen Boss 13 53kg 103
8 14101110×1 MACKINTOSH (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 2 52kg 101
9 2x21x62511 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4 51.5kg 100
10 231122×416 HEAVENS ABOVE Tim Martin Corey Brown 8 51kg 103
11 11x0649x54 VANBRUGH Chris Waller Craig Newitt 7 51kg 99
12 887203×522 TORGERSEN (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 5 50kg 90
13 31x116x141 FABRIZIO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Johan Victoire 6 50kg 83