2011 Epsom Handicap Field & Barrier Draw

In what could prove to be an early disadvantage for race favourite Sincero in the Epsom Handicap 2011 at Royal Randwick this Saturday, Stephen Farley’s two-time Group 1 winner has drawn gate one of 18 with the release of the Epsom field and barriers today.

Sincero

Sincero is the 2011 Epsom Handicap favourite despite concerns over their inside barrier draw

The feature race on a crack Epsom Super Saturday programme, the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) this year attracted a below capacity field of 18 gallopers.

Headlining the list of 2011 Epsom Handicap acceptors is four-year-old Sincero, the reigning Stradbroke Handicap hero coming off successive Sydney wins this season including their smart last-start effort to beat home Ilovethiscity in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1500m).

Having dominated Epsom Handicap betting at Luxbet since markets opened, Sincero sits at the top of the odds at a quote of $4.60 despite early concerns over their rails draw.

“It’s better than 16, but ideally if I’d picked it myself I would have picked three, four, five or six but we’ll run with it, we can’t change it,” Farley said at the Epsom Handicap barrier draw today.

There are three other Epsom Handicap acceptors currently at single-figure odds through Luxbet with Greg Eurell’s AJC Oaks placegetter Pinker Pinker ($7.50) coming up with one of Farley’s preferred barriers in five; last year’s Flight Stakes winner on Epsom Handicap Day Secret Admirer ($8) out wide in barrier 16 and the Chris Waller-trained Foreteller who is an early market mover in from $10 to $9.

Other notable horses in the 2011 Epsom Handicap field and their odds include:

  • Peter Moody’s in-form Kiwi import King’s Rose ($10) who came up with the extreme outside barrier 18 for her attempt at a third successive victory in Australia this season
  • Patrick and Wayne Webster-trained Thankgodyou’rehere in from $13 to $11 thanks to a nice gate two draw and their excellent last-start win in the Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400) at Rosehill
  • Gai Waterhouse’s Al Maher five-year-old King Lionheart looking a juicy early selection at $17 considering they come off back-to-back wins over 1500 metres at Rosehill including their success in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes last Saturday
  • Sacred Choice ($14) out in gate 17 for trainer Joe Pride, the Choisir mare out to improve on her disappointing recent form especially having been beaten 11 lengths when eighth to Sincero in the George Main Stakes last time out

The complete 2011 Epsom Handicap final field, barriers, weights and jockeys can be found in the table below.

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2011 Epsom Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Wgt. Hcp. Rtg.
1 11X1101X11 SINCERO Stephen Farley Chris O’Brien 1 57kg 112
2 603512X758 SACRED CHOICE Joseph Pride Michael Rodd 17 56.5kg 115
3 21130X6093 TRIPLE ELEGANCE Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 54kg 106
4 1111147X11 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 18 53.5kg 109
5 1X2435X531 THANKGODYOU’REHERE Patrick & Wayne Webster Rod Quinn 2 52.5kg 102
6 X31143X512 PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell Craig Williams 5 52.5kg 105
7 3131X224 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 16 52.5kg 105
8 1X12211X12 RED TRACER Chris Waller Chris Munce 15 52.5kg 104
9 9X3971X115 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller Corey Brown 8 52.5kg 103
10 X90X525122 PINNACLES Rick Hore-Lacy Jay Ford 4 52.5kg 100
11 3527X13X35 RED COLOSSUS Greg Eurell Christian Reith 14 52.5kg 103
12 1126X340X1 MORE STRAWBERRIES Gai Waterhouse Jim Cassidy 13 52.5kg 98
13 1122210X11 KING LIONHEART Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 9 52.5kg 85
14 121212X911 RASPBERRIES Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3 52.5kg 87
15 21X37214X5 WILLY JIMMY Guy Walter Nathan Berry 11 52.5kg 97
16 1X98860X09 DEALER PRINCIPAL Anthony Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 7 52.5kg 98
17 3X77348X02 LIGHT BRIGADE Gai Waterhouse Craig Newitt 12 52.5kg 85
18 256X131221 RENEWED VITALITY John P Thompson Joao Moreira 6 52.5kg 76