2010 Epsom Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw – Drumbeats Ruled Out

This Saturday the best racing action will be found at Randwick when the 2010 Epsom Handicap highlights a bumper Sydney Spring Carnival meeting.

The $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) has attracted a capacity final field of gallopers, with 20 horses set to contest the feature mile event.

Betting on the Epsom Handicap has been opened right up after early favourite Rothesay was ruled out earlier in the week and Peter Snowden chose not to accept Bill Ritchie Handicap winner Drumbeats.

Taking over as the ante-post favourite to win the Epsom, Drumbeats was never a certain starter and will target the Group 1 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield Saturday week instead.

Likely to now start at the top of the odds for Saturday’s showdown is the Joseph Pride-trained Neeson, the Mossman gelding drawn well in barrier four and set to carry just 52kg with Peter Robl aboard.

The biggest mover in the Epsom Handicap odds has been John Thompson’s George Main Stakes runner-up Trusting.

Firming dramatically in the markets, four-year-old Trusting is drawn in barrier nine and will be ridden by Jim Cassidy.

The Epsom Handicap topweight with a hefty 59kg is the Chris Waller-trained Danleigh, the highly rated seven-year-old due to jump from barrier 10 with Hugh Bowman in the mount.

Con Karakatsanis’ Black Piranha is the next heaviest weighted contender with 58.5kg, the seven-year-old tipped to return to form after a flat fifth place finish in the George Main Stakes last week.

Black Piranha has drawn ideally in barrier two making him a top chance.

Another well drawn contender with claims in the Epsom is Gai Waterhouse’s Once Were Wild in gate five.

The consistent four-year-old Johannesburg mare had a poor run last start in the Shannon Stakes but the AJC Oaks winner should improve here.

Waterhouse will also be represented by Cannonball, one of the best backed runners by the punters over the past day despite their wide barrier 14 draw.

Meanwhile David Payne’s Centennial Park is also likely to have money come in for them after securing barrier one for Saturday.

Randwick’s Epsom Handicap Day features an elite line up of Group races with other highlights including the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) where No Wine No Song and Herculian Prince will face off, the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) and the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) featuring a field of star fillies including More Strawberries and Parables.

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2010 Epsom Handicap Final Field, Barrier Draw & Weights

# Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Weight (kg) Hcp. Rating
1 DANLEIGH Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 59 117
2 BLACK PIRANHA Con Karakatsanis Nash Rawiller 2 58.5 116
3 DOUBTFUL JACK Peter G Moody 11 54 107
4 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse Corey Brown 5 52.5 108
5 TRUSTING John P Thompson Jim Cassidy 9 52 104
6 DEALER PRINCIPAL Anthony Cummings Brenton Avdulla (a) 6 52 103
7 CANNONBALL (USA) Gai Waterhouse Blake Spriggs (a) 14 52 102
8 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne Christian Reith 1 52 102
9 NEESON Joseph Pride Peter Robl 4 52 102
10 SACRED CHOICE Joseph Pride 15 52 99
11 LEICA LARRIKIN Richard Freyer Mathew Cahill 7 52 98
12 CAPTAIN SONADOR Roger Milne Glen Boss 8 52 97
13 FIREBOLT (NZ) Roger James Glyn Schofield 21 52 97
14 PRINCE BRAEMAN Paul Perry Nathan Berry (a) 19 52 97
15 SNAPY HALO (ARG) John O’Shea Tim Clark 16 52 97
16 SAINTHOOD Rick Worthington Rod Quinn 17 52 96
17 RETURNTOSENDER Peter G Moody 12 52 94
18 BAY WINDOW Gwenda Markwell Craig Newitt 20 52 93
19 KEEPIN’ THE DREAM (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee Daniel Ganderton 18 52 92
20 HIDDEN WONDER Kris Lees Jay Ford 3 52 91
21e SYREON Joseph Pride 13 52 85