Chris Waller’s four-time Group 1 winner Shoot Out has been allocated the 58kg top-weight for next month’s 2013 Epsom Handicap.
Running at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday October 5 along with The Metropolitan, the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) has 104 hopefuls still in the mix.
Heading the Epsom Handicap weights allocated by Racing NSW this week is Waller’s High Chaparral seven-year-old Shoot Out.
The veteran’s latest turf triumph was in the Chipping Norton Stakes first-up over the Warwick Farm mile in March after which they ran seventh to Fat Al in the Epsom with the same 58kg they’re allocated for the 2013 edition.
Shoot Out was a disappointing 11th when resuming this time in however when 60.5kg proved too much for them in the Group 3 Tramway Stakes (1400m).
They get the chance to atone this weekend second-up however when they run with 59kg under weight-for-age conditions in the $350,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) which Waller will use as a guide to the Epsom.
“I want to see how he performs in the George Main Stakes on Saturday before looking more closely at the Epsom,” Waller told the Herald Sun.
“I am also mindful that Shoot Out and Rangirangdoo had similar weights last year (in the Epsom) and they struggled in the race.”
If successful on Saturday Shoot Out will become the first galloper since the mighty Kingston Town (1981-82) to win dual editions of the George Main.
Then if he were to go on and take out he Epsom with the 58kg they would be setting a modern day weight carrying record in the classic with no horse carrying more than Racing To Win’s 57kg back in 2006.
Following Shoot Out in the weights are then 2011 George Main Stakes winner Sincero (57kg), recent Warwick Stakes winning New Zealand raider Veyron (56kg) and the Chris Waller-trained Doncaster Mile champ Sacred Falls (55.5kg).
O’Reilly four-year-old Sacred Falls is also the current favourite in the Epsom Handicap odds at a quote of $9 following their resuming fourth in the Tramway.
Along with Shoot Out and Sacred Falls Waller has 13 other chances the most notable of which is his reliable Dane Shadow mare Red Tracer ($17) allocated 54kg who hasn’t run since her Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara win in Brisbane back in June.
Waller’s Encosta De Lago six-year-old Riva De Lago meanwhile is equal 1st with the Steve Englebrecht-trained Malavio in the Epsom Handicap ballot after the duo earned ballot exemptions with their respective wins in the Theo Marks Stakes and Tramway.
Fighting with Sacred Falls for top spot in Epsom Handicap betting at $9.50 is then the Guy Walter-trained Toydini who is equal 26th in the order of entry allocated the 52kg minimum.
Others high up the markets include the Queen’s horse Carlton House ($11) who debuted down under when 18th in the Ajax Stakes in the autumn, Walter’s Tatt’s Tiara runner-up Streama ($13) and Waterhouse’s up-and-comer Ecuador ($14) who is also a top fancy for The Metropolitan.
See below for the official Epsom Handicap 2013 weights and ballot order, staying tuned for all the latest updates.
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2013 Epsom Handicap Weights & Ballot
Royal Randwick – 05/10/2013
|1||SHOOT OUT||Chris Waller||3||58kg||116|
|3||VEYRON (NZ)||Linda Laing||5=||56kg||112|
|4||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||7=||55.5kg||111|
|5||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||9||55kg||110|
|6||REKINDLED INTEREST||Jim Conlan||10||54.5kg||109|
|7||CARLTON HOUSE (USA)||Gai Waterhouse||11||54kg||108|
|8||RED TRACER||Chris Waller||5=||54kg||112|
|10||FERLAX (NZ)||Jim Conlan||12=||53.5kg||107|
|11||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||12=||53.5kg||107|
|14||JULIENAS (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||17=||52.5kg||105|
|16||MIC MAC||Paul Messara||17=||52.5kg||105|
|17||RIVA DE LAGO||Chris Waller||1=||52.5kg||105|
|18||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody||55=||52kg||90|
|19||ALMA’S FURY||Paul Murray||24=||52kg||103|
|24||BAITED BREATH||Anthony Freedman||104||52kg||61|
|25||BASS STRAIT (NZ)||David Hayes||86=||52kg||77|
|30||CASUAL CHOICE||Chris Waller||80=||52kg||80|
|32||CHOICE BRO||John Sargent||59=||52kg||89|
|33||CLEAR FOR ACTION||Jim Conlan||52=||52kg||91|
|34||COMMANDING JEWEL||Leon Corstens||12=||52kg||107|
|35||COSMIC CAUSEWAY||Peter G Moody||38=||52kg||98|
|36||COUP AY TEE (NZ)||Chris Waller||29=||52kg||101|
|37||CRAFTY IRNA||Ron Quinton||38=||52kg||98|
|38||DANY THE FOX (NZ)||Mick Price||38=||52kg||98|
|39||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||Bede Murray||46||52kg||94|
|40||DESERT WIZARD (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||91||52kg||75|
|42||ECUADOR (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||76=||52kg||82|
|43||EIGELSTEIN (GB)||Chris Waller||52=||52kg||91|
|44||FAST CLIP||Gai Waterhouse||31=||52kg||100|
|45||FERMENT||John P Thompson||67=||52kg||85|
|46||FIELD MARSHALL||Chris Waller||83=||52kg||78|
|48||GLOBAL BALANCE||David Hayes||62=||52kg||88|
|49||GOLDSTONE||Bart & James Cummings||82||52kg||79|
|50||HAVANA REY||Bjorn Baker||29=||52kg||101|
|51||HEART TESTA||Chris Waller||69=||52kg||84|
|52||HIGH ESTEEM||Peter G Moody||62=||52kg||88|
|53||HIPPOPUS (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||67=||52kg||85|
|56||KEITH’S LEGACY (NZ)||David Vandyke||48=||52kg||92|
|57||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||26=||52kg||102|
|58||LONG JOHN||Peter Snowden||76=||52kg||82|
|60||LUNAYIR (FR)||Chris Waller||48=||52kg||92|
|63||MAXIMILIAN||Bart & James Cummings||98||52kg||71|
|66||ONE STEP BEYOND||Anthony Cummings||103||52kg||62|
|67||OUR DESERT WARRIOR||Gai Waterhouse||92=||52kg||74|
|68||PAGO ROCK||David Hayes||26=||52kg||102|
|70||PERON||John P Thompson||38=||52kg||98|
|71||PHOTON WILLIE (NZ)||Chris Waller||83=||52kg||78|
|72||PIRATE BAY (GB)||Kris Lees||65=||52kg||86|
|73||PRETTY PINS (NZ)||John P Thompson||59=||52kg||89|
|74||REFLECTANCE||John P Thompson||89=||52kg||76|
|75||REUNITE||Bart & James Cummings||83=||52kg||78|
|76||RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||69=||52kg||84|
|77||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||17=||52kg||105|
|78||SALON SOLDIER (GER)||Kris Lees||55=||52kg||90|
|79||SCORPIO QUEEN||Kerry Parker||69=||52kg||84|
|80||SCREAM MACHINE||Jason Coyle||45||52kg||95|
|81||SHARNEE ROSE||Kris Lees||62=||52kg||88|
|82||SIMPLY BRILLIANT||Bjorn Baker||100||52kg||68|
|84||SNEAK A PEEK (ITY)||Peter G Moody||22=||52kg||104|
|86||SOROS||Peter G Moody||69=||52kg||84|
|88||STRAWBERRY BOY||Peter G Moody||38=||52kg||98|
|89||TAGUS||John P Thompson||31=||52kg||100|
|90||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||Joseph Pride||69=||52kg||84|
|91||THY (NZ)||Peter G Moody||31=||52kg||100|
|93||TOM’S ROCKET||Reg Rowley||95||52kg||73|
|95||TRANSPORTER||John P Thompson||38=||52kg||98|
|96||TWISTED EMOTIONS (NZ)||John O’Shea||96=||52kg||72|
|98||VISION IN MOTION||Anthony Cummings||101=||52kg||66|
|99||WHISPER DOWNS||David Hayes||36=||52kg||99|
|101||WROTHAM HEATH (GB)||David Hayes||92=||52kg||74|
|103||YOUR HONOUR||Greg Eurell||55=||52kg||90|
|104||ZABISCO (NZ)||Michael Moroney||55=||52kg||90|