They may have finished the beaten favourite in their opening two starts this season but Gai Waterhouse’s promising miler Fat Al has been installed back at the top of the Epsom Handicap 2012 odds for this Saturday’s Royal Randwick major.
The four-year-old Al Maher gelding was one of 15 gallopers accepted into the field for this year’s $500,000 Group 1 The Star Epsom (1600m) due to run as Randwick Race 7 at 4:00pm on Saturday.
Drawn ideally in barrier six with Tommy Berry to ride Fat Al gets up to the mile for the first time this spring, their last run over the 1600m being a big two length win in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes at Randwick last April.
They became a dual Group 3 winner one run after that also winning the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) before going out for a spell.
Fat Al has been narrowly defeated in their two most recent runs when a long neck away second to Ambidexter in the Theo Marks (1400m) and half a length third to Rolling Pin in the Shannon Stakes (1500m) last Saturday.
Still the bookies are taking no chances with them in the Epsom with Fat Al the $4.80 top elect at [bookamaker], Berry confident the youngster will relish the drop back from 58kg last start to their light 52kg weight on Saturday.
“It (the Shannon Stakes loss) was only second-up, third up will suit him, the Randwick mile will suit him well, he is a tough horse and it is a tough horses’ race,” Berry said.
“We have got a bit of pace either side, I don’t think you have to lead on him, he just have to be in his comfort zone.”
He is followed by four other single figure chances in the Epsom betting markets with:
- #1 Shoot Out ($5.50) – In-form six-year-old from Chris Waller’s stables, became a dual Group 1 winner with a smart first-up victory in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m), their other recent run over the Randwick mile being their second to glamour mare More Joyous in the Doncaster during the autumn
- #2 Rangirangdoo ($7.50) – Shoot Out’s veteran stablemate showed they had plenty left in the tank when coming with a quarter length of them in the George Main, a stable favourite of Waller’s that continues to match it at the highest level despite their injury-prone career
- #6 Ambidexter ($7.50) – Had Fat Al’s measure in the Theo Marks Sprint first-up but was defeated by them over 2000m in the Frank Packer, was competitive over this track and distance in March when a close fourth to Mosheen in the Randwick Guineas and gets the draw here (barrier 4)
- #3 Secret Admirer ($8.50) – Reigning Epsom Handicap winner won this race fourth-up 12 months ago, comes into it again on the back of three spring starts, Grahame Begg’s Dubai mare last seen running third in an unlucky George Main run
The best fancied of the double-figure Epsom chances then include the John O’Shea-trained Lightinthenite ($12) coming off a first-up second to Rolling Pin in the Cameron Handicap, triple Group 1 winning mare Yosei ($15), the Gai Waterhouse-trained Wild And Proud ($17) and Waller’s Randwick Guineas runner-up Said Com ($17).
Check out the full Epsom Handicap betting odds in the table below, prices courtesy of our preferred online bookie bookmaker.com.au.
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2012 Epsom Handicap Odds
Randwick Race 7 – 4:00pm – 06/10/2012
|1||SHOOT OUT (10)||5.50|
|3||SECRET ADMIRER (9)||7.50|
|7||ROLLING PIN (5)||26.00|
|8||FAT AL (6)||4.80|
|9||KONTIKI PARK (2)||21.00|
|10||SOMEPIN ANYPIN (11)||26.00|
|11||WILD AND PROUD (15)||17.00|
|13||SAID COM (12)||17.00|
|15||GANGSTER’S CHOICE (8)||61.00|
*Fixed Win odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change