Epsom Handicap 2012 Form Guide & Betting Preview

This Saturday the headline attraction at Royal Randwick will be the 2012 Epsom Handicap, the Races.com.au team’s exclusive form guide and betting preview for which is detailed below.

Rolling Pin

Rolling Pin comes via the same race that produced last year's Epsom winner having taken out the Shannon Stakes

One of the premier races of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the $500,000 Group 1 The Star Epsom Handicap (1600m) has this year attracted a final field of 15 gallopers that will face off in Race 7 at 4:00pm.

In the latest Epsom Handicap odds at bookmaker.com.au there are five horses under $10 to win, the favourite being the Gai Waterhouse-trained 52kg lightweight Fat Al ($4.80).

According to the Epsom betting markets Fat Al’s main dangers out to stop the four-year-old from winning their first elite level and his trainer from equaling her late father’s record of seven Epson winners are then the Chris Waller-trained duo of Shoot Out ($5.50) and Rangirangdoo ($7.50) who ran the George Main Stakes quinella last time out.

To see whether it is best sticking with the favourites or trying your luck with a longer priced contender such as defending Epsom champ Secret Admirer ($8.50), below we have the best 2012 Epsom Handicap form guide facts and betting stats.

2012 Epsom Handicap Form Facts & Betting Stats

  • Last year’s Epsom Handicap winner Secret Admirer came into the race off a fourth in the Shannon Stakes, jumped from barrier 16 (of 17) and was ridden by Brenton Avdulla with 52.5kg
  • This year #3 Secret Admirer ($8.50) is back to defend her title off a third in the George Main Stakes, drawn in barrier 9 (of 15) with James McDonald to ride carrying 54kg
  • Last year’s winning jockey Brenton Avdulla meanwhile will ride #12 Tagus ($51) while #2 Rangirangdoo ($7.50) #11 Wild And Proud ($19) have drawn the two outside gates
  • Other horses to be ridden by a former Epsom winning jockey this year are then #13 Said Com (Corey Brown) and #14 Lightinthenite (Jim Cassidy)
  • Horses that come via the Shannon Stakes this year are then #7 Rolling Pin (1st) and #8 Fat Al (3rd)
  • Last year Secret Admirer was the first mare since La Neige (1976) to win the Epsom and this year she is one of just two females in contention along with #5 Yosei ($15)
  • Gai Waterhouse is out to equal her father TJ Smith’s record as the most successful Epsom Handicap trainer in history with seven wins on Saturday – her runners this year are the favourite #8 Fat Al ($4.80), #9 Kontiki Park ($21) and #11 Wild And Proud ($19)
  • Other horses prepared by a former Epsom winning trainer this year are #3 Secret Admirer (Grahame Begg), and the John Sadler-trained duo of #14 Lightinthenite ($14) and #15 Gangster’s Choice ($61)
  • #8 Fat Al ($4.80) easily has the best Win Rate with 55.56% followed by #14 Lightinthenite (45.45%)
  • The best Place Percentages then belong to #8 Fat Al (88.89%), #13 Said Com (81.82%) and #14 Lightinthenite (81.82%)
  • Horses with the best Randwick track record are #1 Shoot Out (7-4-1-0), #2 Rangirangdoo (10-4-3-1), #3 Secret Admirer (6-2-0-3), #8 Fat Al (2-2-0-0) and #14 Lightinthenite (1-1-0-0)
  • Over the mile horses with the best strike rate are #1 Shoot Out (6-3-1-1), #2 Rangirangdoo (11-5-3-1), #3 Secret Admirer (6-2-1-2), #7 Rolling Pin (5-2-0-0), #8 Fat Al (2-1-1-0) and #9 Kontiki Park (8-4-4-0)
  • Meanwhile horses to have won over the Track & Distance before are #1 Shoot Out (3-2-1-0), #2 Rangirangdoo (5-2-2-0), #3 Secret Admirer (4-2-0-1), #8 Fat Al (1-1-0-0) and #12 Tagus (4-1-0-0)

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2012 Epsom Handicap Field & Form Guide

Royal Randwick Race 7 – 4:00pm – 06/10/2012

# Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. AS Days API Career Win% Place% Last 6
1. SHOOT OUT C J Waller Hugh Bowman 10 58 6yoG 14 $94,965 30: 9 5 5 30.00% 63.33% 2132×1
2. RANGIRANGDOO C J Waller Nash Rawiller 14 57.5 8yoG 14 $73,571 30: 10 9 2 33.33% 70.00% 604×42
3. SECRET ADMIRER G M Begg James Mc Donald 9 54 5yoM 14 $62,712 19: 3 5 7 15.79% 78.95% 83×223
4. MONTON R J Quinton Kathy O’Hara 13 53 6yoG 17 $19,258 26: 6 1 2 23.08% 34.62% 00×689
5. YOSEI S J Webb Glyn Schofield 3 52.5 5yoM 14 $42,440 27: 4 1 2 14.81% 25.93% 83×067
6. AMBIDEXTER Peter Snowden Kerrin Mc Evoy 4 52 4yoH 21 $28,108 12: 3 2 1 25.00% 50.00% 4442×1
7. ROLLING PIN Ms G Markwell Christian Reith 5 52 5yoG 7 $16,911 23: 8 4 2 34.78% 60.87% x30911
8. FAT AL Ms G Waterhouse Tommy Berry 6 52 4yoG 7 $39,028 9: 5 2 1 55.56% 88.89% 111×23
9. KONTIKI PARK Ms G Waterhouse Nathan Berry 2 52 7yoG 17 $19,105 30: 8 9 2 26.67% 63.33% 76×126
10. SOMEPIN ANYPIN G Portelli Jay Ford 11 52 5yoG 14 $20,768 17: 6 3 1 35.29% 58.82% 20×348
11. WILD AND PROUD Ms G Waterhouse Peter Robl 15 52 4yoG 14 $22,057 12: 3 0 5 25.00% 66.67% 103×03
12. TAGUS John Thompson Brenton Avdulla 7 52 8yoG 17 $12,157 45: 10 1 9 22.22% 44.44% 3×7715
13. SAID COM C J Waller Corey Brown 12 52 4yoG 14 $25,564 11: 3 4 2 27.27% 81.82% 7×1362
14. LIGHTINTHENITE J A O’shea Jimmy Cassidy 1 52 5yoG 17 $20,882 11: 5 2 2 45.45% 81.82% 5x13x2
15. GANGSTER’S CHOICE J A O’shea Jason Collett 8 52 5yoG 14 $11,216 15: 5 4 1 33.33% 66.67% 1×1342

*Form Guide Credit – Ladbrokes.com.au
*All odds quoted are fixed win from bookmaker.com.au and subject to change

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