There is plenty going on in the world of racing this weekend including the biggest Sydney Spring Racing Carnival race day – Epsom Handicap Day – taking place at Royal Randwick.
It’s an all-stakes-race program in Sydney on Saturday with a bumper three Group 1 races headlining the crack nine-event card.
Add to that a double shot of Group 2 racing, a Group 3 plus a trio of Listed features and you’ve got yourself one massive day on the punt to enjoy!
Kicking off the day are two juvenile races, one for the boys and one for the girls, where every one of the youngsters engaged are unraced making it a tough start for punters.
Things quickly heat up in the third however with import Masked Marvel leading the betting for the Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) where their rivals include Newcastle Cup winner Winning Glory and Honorius.
Elite level racing happens as early as 2:05pm (AEST) with the first of the three jewels on the Epsom Day crown running as Race 4 – the $400,000 Group 1 Coolmore Flight Stakes (1600m).
Peter Snowden’s dual Group 1 winner Guelph heads the field and markets for this three-year-old fillies feature and will likely win this before also taking out Melbourne’s Thousand Guineas Wednesday week.
The other two Group 1’s then happen later in the arvo with the day’s marquee race, the $500,000 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) scheduled as Race 7 at 4:05pm (AEST).
It should be a cracking edition of the mile classic too with Guy Walter’s duo of Toydini and Streama both top fancies in a field that features plenty of upcoming talent including the Gai Waterhouse-trained Ecuador, as well as some more established performers including Chris Waller’s dynamic trio led by Boban.
Bringing things to a big finish is then Race 9 at 5:25pm (AEST).
The punters may be getting weary but don’t miss the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) with its bumper field of spring staying stars.
Top fancies include a dual winner over the distance back in France Prince Cheri, plus Waller’s Brisbane Cup winner on the rails Moriarty.
But with the favourites and last start winners having a poor record in The Metropolitan, an upset could be on the cards so check out the roughies in those markets for sure.
To help you separate the pretenders from the contenders and really clean out the bookies below are the Races.com.au team’s insider Epsom Handicap Day tips for all nine races.
Race 1 (12:10pm) – Listed $100,000 Keeneland Gimcrack Stakes (1000m)
- 1st: #10 Lucky Raquie ($4.20)
- 2nd: #12 Precia (13)
- 3rd: 1 Alpah Miss ($10)
Race 2 (12:45pm) – $100,000 Listed NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m)
- 1st: #1 Alkadabra ($12)
- 2nd: Law ($6)
- 3rd: Bold Circle ($26)
Race 3 (1:25pm) – $125,000 Group 3 APN Outdoor Craven Plate (2000m)
- 1st: #3 Winning Glory ($12)
- 2nd: #1 Masked Marvel ($2.60)
- 3rd: #6 Honorius ($4)
Race 4 (2:05pm) – $400,000 Group 1 Coolmore Flight Stakes (1600m)
- 1st: #1 Guelph ($1.45)
- 2nd: #3 Arabian Gold ($3.30)
- 3rd: #2 Bound For Earth ($10)
Read a comprehensive Flight Stakes 2013 Tips & Selections post.
Race 5 (2:45pm) – $175,000 Group 2 Sydney City Toyota Roman Consul Stakes (1200m)
- 1st: #1 Zoustar ($1.80)
- 2nd: #2 Va Pensiero ($7.50)
- 3rd: #7 Flak Jacket ($26)
Race 6 (3:25pm) – $100,000 Listed TAB Dulcify Quality (1600m)
- 1st: #1 Equator ($10)
- 2nd: #5 Thunder Fantasy ($3.50)
- 3rd: #2 Vilanova ($9)
Race 7 (4:05pm) – $500,000 Group 1 The Star Epsom (1600m)
- 1st: #5 Streama ([lllink text=”$6.50″])
- 2nd: #10 Boban ($5)
- 3rd: #4 Rekindled Interest ($17)
Read why we are tipping an upset in our 2013 Epsom Handicap Tips & Exotic Selections post.
Race 8 (4:45pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m)
- 1st: #14 She’s Clean ($7)
- 2nd: #8 Tiger Tees ($11)
- 3rd: #13 Arinosa ($4.80)
Race 9 (5:25pm) – $400,000 Group 1 McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan (2400m)
- 1st: #13 Kingdoms ($13)
- 2nd: #2 Moriarty ($4.60)
- 3rd: #4 Julienas ($6)
Why don’t we fancy the favourite to salute? Find out in our 2013 The Metropolitan Tips & Selections post.
*All times quoted are AEST
*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change