Unlikely acceptor More Joyous was on Monday allocated the hefty 60.5kg topweight for next month’s Epsom Handicap 2012 at Royal Randwick on October 6, the race one of the crucial events of the annual Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
Gai Waterhouse’s champion mare is heading towards the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) in Melbourne on October 27 and a run in Sydney’s $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) is highly doubtful.
The absence of the 60.5kg topweight would see the Chris Waller-trained Shoot Out jump with the biggest weight, the High Chaparral six-year-old currently allocated 58kg.
Winner of the Chipping Norton Stakes during the spring, Shoot Out hasn’t raced since his brave second to More Joyous in the Doncaster Mile at Randwick on April 21 when he carried 56.5kg.
“I think it’s a really good weight and a fair weight for him,” Waller said of Shoot Out’s 58kg.
Shoot Out will resume this weekend in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick, their performance in which will help Waller decide on whether or not to go to the Epsom.
“There are a few options with him at this stage, we could continue towards the Epsom or if he shows that he is looking for further, the Craven Plate is an option,” he said.
“I’m not ruling the Epsom out but it isn’t locked in either, Saturday will tell us more.”
Two of Shoot Out’s stablemates then follow in the Epsom Handicap weights this year with popular veteran galloper Rangirangdoo (57.5kg) who ran a credible first-up fourth to Tagus in the Tramway on September 8, and nine-year-old gelding Danleigh (56.5kg) last seen beating home Secret Admirer to win the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes over the Warwick Farm mile.
Equal on 56.5kg is then the Michael Moroney-trained Glass Harmonium who hasn’t run since their disappointing seven in the Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington in March.
Jim Conlan’s Cox Plate third placegetter Rekindled Interest follows on 56kg before two ace mares in four-time Group 1 champion Mosheen and reigning Epsom Handicap winner Secret Admirer to carry 54kg each.
Grahame Begg’s Dubawi mare Secret Admirer carried just 52.5kg to victory in last year’s Epsom when defeating subsequent Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker by nearly two lengths and she is currently the $9 second favourite in the Epsom Handicap odds at bookmaker.com.au to successfully defend her title with 1.5kg more on her back.
While Secret Admirer is more likely to focus her efforts on the $2.65 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne on October 20, Begg is still considering the Epsom and he was pleased with her allocation yesterday.
“It’s a good weight,” he said.
“The Epsom hasn’t completely ruled out.”
Only three other Epsom Handicap hopefuls have been allocated more than the 52kg minimum for this year’s clash with Waller’s imported Montjeu gelding Class Is Class (53kg), the Ron Quinton-trained Monton (53kg) and three time Group 1 winner Yosei (52.5kg).
The current Epsom Handicap betting favourite meanwhile is Waterhouse’s promising Al Maher four-year-old Fat Al paying $8 who resumed with a first-up second to Ambidexter in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill last Saturday.
Peter Snowden’s Commands stallion Ambidexter, who ran second to Fat Al in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick during the autumn after their fourth in both the Randwick Guineas and Rosehill Guineas, meanwhile is rated a $13 chance to win the Epsom.
Other horses high up the Epsom odds are then Shoot Out ($10), More Joyous ($12) and Rangirangdoo ($14).
Check out the full 2012 Epsom Handicap weights in the table below, then for access to the full markets for all the upcoming Group 1 betting markets this spring head over to bookmaker.com.au.
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2012 Epsom Handicap Weights
Royal Randwick – 06/10/2012
|1||MORE JOYOUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||3||60.5kg||125|
|2||SHOOT OUT||Chris Waller||4||58kg||116|
|3||RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)||Chris Waller||5||57.5kg||115|
|5||GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE)||Michael Moroney||6=||56.5kg||113|
|6||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan||8=||56kg||112|
|8||SECRET ADMIRER||Grahame Begg||8=||54kg||112|
|9||CLASS IS CLASS (IRE)||Chris Waller||12=||53kg||106|
|13||ALIYANA TILDE||Kerry Parker||73=||52kg||83|
|15||BLACKIE (NZ)||Peter G Moody||43=||52kg||95|
|16||BLISS STREET||Stuart Webb||60=||52kg||87|
|17||BOLD GLANCE||Norm Hilton||28=||52kg||101|
|18||BRAMBLES (NZ)||Peter G Moody||16=||52kg||103|
|19||BRAVE THE WAY||Anthony Cummings||60=||52kg||87|
|20||BRAYROAN (NZ)||Anne-Marie Ruttley||73=||52kg||83|
|21||CHASE THE RAINBOW||Rick Hore-Lacy||42||52kg||97|
|22||CHATEAU MARGAUX||Peter G Moody||67=||52kg||85|
|23||COUP AY TEE (NZ)||Chris Waller||60=||52kg||87|
|24||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||Bede Murray||50=||52kg||90|
|25||DARE TO DREAM (IRE)||Bart Cummings||84=||52kg||78|
|26||DOCTOR FREMANTLE (GB)||Sam Pritchard-Gordon||43=||52kg||95|
|27||DOWAGER QUEEN (NZ)||Lee Freedman & Graeme Rogerson||67=||52kg||85|
|28||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes||35=||52kg||99|
|29||FAST CLIP||Gai Waterhouse||16=||52kg||103|
|30||FAT AL||Gai Waterhouse||24=||52kg||102|
|33||GANGSTER’S CHOICE||John O’Shea||77=||52kg||82|
|34||HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ)||Roger James||16=||52kg||103|
|35||HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||16=||52kg||103|
|36||HIGH ON BELIEVING (NZ)||Chris Waller||81=||52kg||79|
|37||HISCHANCE (NZ)||Stephen Hutchinson||99=||52kg||64|
|38||HISTORY NO HURDLE (NZ)||Stephen Hutchinson||95=||52kg||70|
|39||HOUR OF PERIL||John P Thompson||67=||52kg||85|
|41||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings||16=||52kg||103|
|42||KEITH’S LEGACY (NZ)||David Vandyke||93||52kg||73|
|43||KONTIKI PARK (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||16=||52kg||103|
|44||LA COMEDIENNE||Kerry Parker||99=||52kg||64|
|48||LEICA LARRIKIN||David Hayes||63=||52kg||86|
|49||LEVI’S CHOICE||John P Thompson||79=||52kg||80|
|52||MANY STARS (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||97=||52kg||65|
|53||MARONEY AVENUE||Rodney Northam||77=||52kg||82|
|54||MERLIN MUSTANG||Michael Tubman||84=||52kg||78|
|55||MOMENT OF CHANGE||Peter G Moody||35=||52kg||99|
|56||MON SOLEIL (NZ)||Chris Waller||86=||52kg||77|
|57||MR ARMSTRONG||John P Thompson||73=||52kg||83|
|58||NEW BEGINNING||John P Thompson||81=||52kg||79|
|59||NEW DAY RISING||David Pfieffer||50=||52kg||90|
|64||OUR HAND OF FAITH||Anthony Cummings||101||52kg||63|
|65||PAGO ROCK||David Hayes||45=||52kg||94|
|66||PANE IN THE GLASS||John P Thompson||56=||52kg||88|
|68||PIED A TERRE||Peter Snowden||39=||52kg||98|
|69||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||28=||52kg||101|
|70||POPLIN (GB)||Michael Moroney||95=||52kg||70|
|71||PROST||John P Thompson||67=||52kg||85|
|72||QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ)||John Sargent||28=||52kg||101|
|75||ROCK ’N’ POP||Gai Waterhouse||39=||52kg||98|
|76||ROLLING PIN (NZ)||Gwenda Markwell||49||52kg||91|
|77||SAID COM (NZ)||Chris Waller||39=||52kg||98|
|80||SHE GOES TO RIO (NZ)||Anthony Cummings||63=||52kg||86|
|81||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Anthony Freedman||24=||52kg||102|
|82||SOFT SAND||Colin Little||50=||52kg||90|
|83||SOMEPIN ANYPIN (NZ)||Gary Portelli||24=||52kg||102|
|86||STRAWBERRY BOY||Gai Waterhouse||56=||52kg||88|
|87||TAGUS||John P Thompson||1=||52kg||101|
|88||THE GREAT SNOWMAN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||86=||52kg||77|
|89||TOHUNGA (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||91=||52kg||74|
|91||TORIO’S QUEST||David Pfieffer||33=||52kg||100|
|92||TRANSPORTER||John P Thompson||86=||52kg||77|
|93||TRIBAL ROCK||Gai Waterhouse||94||52kg||72|
|94||TULLAMORE (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||16=||52kg||103|
|96||UNDER THE SUN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||81=||52kg||79|
|99||WATERFORD HILL||Leon Corstens||91=||52kg||74|
|100||WESTERN SYMBOL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||28=||52kg||101|
|101||WILD AND PROUD||Gai Waterhouse||33=||52kg||100|