More Joyous Tops 2012 Epsom Handicap Weights

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.

More Joyous

2012 Epsom Handicap topweight More Joyous is unliklely to run in the Sydney feature

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

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
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
4 DANLEIGH Chris Waller 6= 56.5kg 113
5 GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney 6= 56.5kg 113
6 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan 8= 56kg 112
7 MOSHEEN Robert Smerdon 8= 54kg 112
8 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg 8= 54kg 112
9 CLASS IS CLASS (IRE) Chris Waller 12= 53kg 106
10 MONTON Ron Quinton 12= 53kg 106
11 YOSEI Stuart Webb 11 52.5kg 109
12 ADNOCON Gerald Ryan 45= 52kg 94
13 ALIYANA TILDE Kerry Parker 73= 52kg 83
14 AMBIDEXTER Peter Snowden 1= 52kg 104
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
31 FIBRILLATION Tim Martin 24= 52kg 102
32 GALAH Peter Snowden 56= 52kg 88
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
40 HOYLONNY Chris Waller 89= 52kg 76
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
45 LAMASERY David Vandyke 14= 52kg 104
46 LANDING Gai Waterhouse 72 52kg 84
47 LAUNAY Peter Snowden 35= 52kg 99
48 LEICA LARRIKIN David Hayes 63= 52kg 86
49 LEVI’S CHOICE John P Thompson 79= 52kg 80
50 LIGHTINTHENITE John O’Shea 55 52kg 89
51 MALAVIO Steve Englebrecht 50= 52kg 90
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
60 NEXTANIX Kerry Parker 56= 52kg 88
61 NIAGARA Gai Waterhouse 14= 52kg 104
62 NICONOISE David Hayes 97= 52kg 65
63 OFFENDERS Peter Snowden 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
67 PEPPERWOOD Liam Birchley 47= 52kg 92
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
73 RASPBERRIES Peter Snowden 16= 52kg 103
74 REPARATIONS Anthony Freedman 89= 52kg 76
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
78 SAINTHOOD Rick Worthington 47= 52kg 92
79 SHANNARA Peter Snowden 28= 52kg 101
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
84 SPECTER Anthony Freedman 67= 52kg 85
85 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott 35= 52kg 99
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
90 TOKUGAWA Leon Corstens 79= 52kg 80
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
95 ULUNDI Pat Carey 63= 52kg 86
96 UNDER THE SUN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 81= 52kg 79
97 UPBEAT Anthony Cummings 63= 52kg 86
98 VELROSSO Chris Waller 73= 52kg 83
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