Will Shoot Out Score Again in Epsom Handicap 2012?

Last time out they defeated a similar field in the George Main Stakes but as the top-weight in the 2012 Epsom Handicap can Shoot Out score successive Group 1 wins?

Shoot Out

Shoot Out has an excellent record over the Randwick mile heading into the Epsom Handicap 2012

The Chris Waller-trained champ was the impressive first-up winner of the Group 1 George Main Stakes over the Randwick mile, their fourth elite level victory following, and return to the track and distance on Saturday for the $500,000 Group 1 The Star Epsom Handicap (1600m).

As the 58kg topweight of the field the High Chaparral six-year-old certainly gives a bit of weight away to some classy rivals including the Gai Waterhouse-trained favourite Fat Al ($4.60) who is on the 52kg minimum, but that hasn’t stopped the punters coming for them.

In the latest Epsom Handicap odds Shoot Out is the $5.50 second favourite and below we take a look at the pros and cons of backing this ultra-consistent miler for the win.

#1 Shoot Out – Horse Details

  • Jockey: Hugh Bowman
  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Owners: Mr G L Huddy, Mrs F Huddy
  • Age: 6YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by High Chaparral from Pentire mare Pentamerous
  • Career: 30-9-5-5
  • Win: 30.00%
  • Place: 63.33%
  • Last 6: 2132×1
  • Prize Money: $2,848,950
  • Track: 7-4-1-0
  • Distance: 6-3-1-1
  • Current 2012 Epsom Handicap Odds: $5.50

Why Shoot Out Can Win the 2012 Epsom Handicap

  • Is a four-time Group 1 winner so have the class and status
  • Won the Group George Main Stakes first-up at this track and distance last time out carrying 59kg
  • Haven’t finished out of the money since the 2011 Doomben Cup
  • Awesome record at Randwick (7-4-1-0) including their second to More Joyous in the Doncaster Mile here in the autumn
  • Also loves the mile (6-3-1-1), the only time they missed a place over 1600m being in their third race start as a 2YO in the Group 1 TJ Smith at Eagle Farm back in 2009
  • Great record over the track and distance with two wins and a second from three starts including their Group 1 Randwick Guineas win back in 2010
  • Has won over $2.8 million in prize money so knows how to win

Why Shoot Out Can’t Win the Epsom Handicap 2012

  • Has the 58kg topweight of the field giving six kilos away to the favourite Fat Al (52kg) and four kilos away to the reigning Epsom Handicap winner Secret Admirer (54kg)
  • Have drawn double digits in barrier 10 and while there is a mile to get into the winning position, could be some speed on their inside with the likes of Yosei (barrier three) and Rolling Pin (barrier five)

Seen enough evidence to suggest Shoot Out is the horse to back in the Epsom Handicap betting markets? Or have your own selections you want to back for the win and placings in the classic?

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