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Nominations for a number of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival majors were taken by Racing NSW today including those for 2013 Epsom Handicap at Royal Randwick on October 5 which attracted 105 early entries.
As always it is a star studded list of nominees for this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), triple premiership winning trainer Chris Waller dominating the race with 16 hopefuls.
Among Waller’s more notable Epsom Handicap bound runners are last week’s Hawkesbury Gold Cup winner Coup Ay Tee, last year’s George Ryder winner Metal Bender, multiple Group 1 winning mare Red Tracer, Australian Oaks winner Royal Descent who resumed with a second to stablemate Hidden Kisses in the Toy Show, Doncaster Mile champ Sacred Falls and of course his stable ace Shoot Out.
Also with a bumper list of Epsom Handicap nominees this year is Gai Waterhouse with 11.
Waterhouse will play a very strong hand in the mile classic having nominated for the likes of the Queen’s horse Carlton House and Glencadam Gold who won the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at this meeting last spring – that race also attracting 105 nominations this year.
Another star on the rise nominated for the Epsom this year is Budriguez who dead heated with Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) last season.
Budriguez returned on August 10 with a disappointing seventh in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville and will be out to improve on that as they go up over more distance this prep.
Winner of one of the early Epsom lead-ups Veyron meanwhile has also been entered after the five-time New Zealand Group 1 winning veteran Veyron won the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) last Saturday.
Also having run in the Warwick Stakes are fellow Epsom nominees including the Guy Walter-trained Streama (2nd) shooting for her third Group 1 trophy, and Joe Pride’s defeated odds-on favourite Rain Affair (3rd) whose not been stretched out to the mile yet.
Other top fancies in the mix include Jim Conlan’s Australian Guineas winner Ferlax, former WA star Luckygray, Cox Plate-bound Norzita and the Kelso Wood-trained Queenslander Sizzling.
Epsom Handicap acceptances close on Wednesday October 2 with the final field to be published right here at Races.com.au.
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2013 Epsom Handicap Nominations
Randwick Racecourse – 05/10/2013
|1||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody|
|2||ALMA’S FURY||Paul Murray|
|7||BAITED BREATH||Anthony Freedman|
|8||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||David Hayes|
|14||CARLTON HOUSE (USA)||Gai Waterhouse|
|15||CASUAL CHOICE||Chris Waller|
|17||CHOICE BRO||John Sargent|
|18||CLEAR FOR ACTION||Jim Conlan|
|19||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon Corstens|
|20||COSMIC CAUSEWAY||Peter G Moody|
|21||COUP AY TEE (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|22||CRAFTY IRNA||Ron Quinton|
|23||DANY THE FOX (NZ)||Mick Price|
|24||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||Bede Murray|
|25||DESERT WIZARD (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston|
|27||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|28||EIGELSTEIN (GB)||Chris Waller|
|29||FAST CLIP||Gai Waterhouse|
|31||FERLAX (NZ)||Jim Conlan|
|32||FERMENT||John P Thompson|
|33||FIELD MARSHALL||Chris Waller|
|35||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse|
|36||GLOBAL BALANCE||David Hayes|
|37||GOLDSTONE||Bart & James Cummings|
|38||HAVANA REY||Bjorn Baker|
|39||HEART TESTA||Chris Waller|
|40||HIGH ESTEEM||Peter G Moody|
|41||HIPPOPUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse|
|44||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse|
|45||KEITH’S LEGACY (NZ)||David Vandyke|
|46||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody|
|47||LONG JOHN||Peter Snowden|
|50||LUNAYIR (FR)||Chris Waller|
|53||MAXIMILIAN||Bart & James Cummings|
|54||METAL BENDER (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|55||MIC MAC||Paul Messara|
|58||NORZITA (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings|
|59||ONE STEP BEYOND||Anthony Cummings|
|60||OUR DESERT WARRIOR||Gai Waterhouse|
|61||PAGO ROCK||David Hayes|
|63||PERON||John P Thompson|
|64||PHOTON WILLIE (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|65||PIRATE BAY (GB)||Kris Lees|
|66||PRETTY PINS (NZ)||John P Thompson|
|67||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride|
|68||RED TRACER||Chris Waller|
|69||REFLECTANCE||John P Thompson|
|70||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan|
|71||REUNITE||Bart & James Cummings|
|72||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
|73||RIVA DE LAGO||Chris Waller|
|74||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller|
|75||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller|
|76||SCORPIO QUEEN||Kerry Parker|
|77||SCREAM MACHINE||Jason Coyle|
|78||SHARNEE ROSE||Kris Lees|
|79||SHOOT OUT||Chris Waller|
|80||SIMPLY BRILLIANT||Bjorn Baker|
|83||SNEAK A PEEK (ITY)||Peter G Moody|
|85||SOROS||Peter G Moody|
|87||STRAWBERRY BOY||Peter G Moody|
|89||TAGUS||John P Thompson|
|90||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||Joseph Pride|
|91||THY (NZ)||Peter G Moody|
|93||TOM’S ROCKET||Reg Rowley|
|95||TRANSPORTER||John P Thompson|
|96||TWISTED EMOTIONS (NZ)||John O’Shea|
|98||VEYRON (NZ)||Linda Laing|
|99||VISION IN MOTION||Anthony Cummings|
|100||WHISPER DOWNS||David Hayes|
|102||WROTHAM HEATH (GB)||David Hayes|
|104||YOUR HONOUR||Greg Eurell|
|105||ZABISCO (NZ)||Michael Moroney|
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