Following the spring carnival withdrawal of the injured James & Bart Cummings-trained star Norzita, Chris Waller’s smart stallion Sacred Falls has shot to the top of the Epsom Handicap 2013 odds for the October 5 Sydney classic.
While Norzita was a likely non-acceptor for the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), run at Royal Randwick on The Metropolitan Day, even before she was ruled out for the rest of the season she had still opened at the top of the early markets.
Those Epsom Handicap odds have since been readjusted and it is Waller’s reigning Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Falls who is the narrow favourite at a quote of $9.
The O’Reilly four-year-old returned to racing on the back of a four and a half month spell when a close fourth to Malavio in the Group 3 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick last Saturday.
It was exactly the kind of season opener Waller had been hoping for, Sacred Falls having relished the mud at the same track when beating Gai Waterhouse’s now retired star stallion Pierro in the Doncaster.
Before that they were fifth and then second behind It’s A Dundeel in the Randwick and Rosehill Guineas over a mile and 2000m respectively, both run on Good (3) tracks proving their versatility on all types of ground.
It is now all systems go for Sacred Falls to back-up in Sydney in the Epsom Handicap.
Following them closely in the markets at $9.50 is then Toydini.
Guy Walter’s progressive Bernardini four-year-old stamped their mark on the racing scene as a juvenile with a number of promising runs in Brisbane last winter including their fourth to Sizzling in the 2012 TJ Smith.
More recently they had a killer autumn this year with nice wins in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) and Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m), winning the latter by four lengths over Chris Waller’s subsequent Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur.
Other notable early favourites in Epsom betting 2013 include:
- Carlton House ($11) – Smart Gai Waterhouse-trained staying import to watch for the majors this spring, down under debut (13th in the Ajax) was disappointing in March but tipped to improve following some good trials from her Majesty The Queen’s horse
- Streama ([lllink text=”$12″]) – Dual Group 1 winning daughter of Stratum from Guy Walter’s stables, one of the most consistent getting around in elite levels, last seen running second in the Warwick Stakes first-up, Cox Plate chance with winning form up to 2400m (2012 Australian Oaks)
- Shoot Out ($13) – One of the veteran stars of Chris Waller’s stables, plenty of Group 1 experience including an Epsom seventh last year, first-up run was 11th in the Tramway, long break before that so expect improvement to come
- Ecuador ($15) – New Zealand-bred High Chaparral four-year-old in the care of Waterhouse, lots of promise displayed at career start number six on September 4 when four length winner over 1550m at Canterbury, ready to step up in grade
Also inside $20 at this stage are the likes of the Lloyd Williams-owned Emirates Stakes runner-up Fawkner ($16), Waller’s champion mare Red Tracer ($17), recent Warwick Stakes winner Veyron ($17), Waller’s consistent four-year-old Boban ($18) who returned with a win at Rosehill last month, boom galloper Sincero ($18) and Group 1 winning Brisbanite Sizzling ($18).
Epsom Handicap betting could undergo another shake-up following the races in Sydney this weekend including the $200,000 Group 2 Sebring Sprint (1400m).
See below for the top 15 chances in the latest futures Epsom odds, open now at our No. 1 recommended bookie for the spring – Ladbrokes.com.au.
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2013 Epsom Handicap Odds
Randwick Racecourse – 05/10/2013
*All-In Win Odds are Top 15 only and subject to change @ Ladbrokes.com.au