Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn is looking...
Gai Waterhouse’s untapped four-year-old Fat Al has been well supported to step up to Group 1 company and take home the bikkies in the Epsom Handicap 2012 but can the young favourite get the job done at Randwick on Saturday?
A dual Group 3 winner at the track back in April, Fat Al has had two good runs this time in when second to fellow Epsom hopeful Ambidexter in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) and then third to Rolling Pin – also in contention on Saturday, in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m).
They will be fitter third-up and the bookies believe the son of Al Maher is the one to beat in the $500,000 Group 1 The Star Epsom (1600m), Fat Al paying $4.60 in the latest bookmaker.com.au markets.
To see whether Fat Al is the deserved favourite worth a punt on this weekend, below we take a look at the evidence for and against the top elect to become the Epsom Handicap 2012 winner.
#8 Fat Al – Horse Details
- Jockey: Tommy Berry
- Trainer: Gai Waterhouse
- Owners: Miss K Waterhouse, Mrs L M Bruhn, Mr A W Bruhn, Mrs L J Bruhn, Mr S W Bruhn, Mr P A Mills, Mrs D M Mills, The Agents Racing, Recurpen, Blue Demon
- Age: 4YO
- Gender: Gelding
- Breeding: by Al Maher from Snaadee mare Fatoon
- Career: 9-5-2-1
- Win: 55.56%
- Place: 88.89%
- Last 6: 111×23
- Prize Money: $351,250
- Track: 2-2-0-0
- Distance: 2-1-1-0
- Current 2012 Epsom Handicap Odds: $4.60
Yes Fat Al Can Become the 2012 Epsom Handicap Winner
- Ultra consistent career record to date with five wins from nine starts finishing out of the money just once which was on their debut
- Has the best win rate of the field (55.56%) and place rate (88.89%)
- Undefeated at Randwick with two Group 3 wins during the autumn here including one of the track and distance
- Also great record over the mile (2-1-1-0)
- Prepared by the modern day’s most successful Epsom Handicap trainer Gai Waterhouse who has prepared six winners, one off her father TJ Smith’s record
- Ran third in the Shannon Stakes last start which last year’s Epsom winner Secret Admirer ran fourth in in her lead-up 12 months again
- Come back from 58kg last start to just 52kg here
No Fat Al Won’t Win the Epsom Handicap 2012
- Has to stay out of trouble from barrier six (of 15)
- Faces some tough Group 1 performing rivals including the Chris Waller-trained stablemates Shoot Out and Rangirangdoo who will take some beating after running the George Main quinella last time out
- Are only four and still have maturing to do
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