Boban Leads 2015 Epsom Handicap Weights

Chris Waller’s star six-time Group 1 winner Boban leads the Epsom Handicap 2015 weights with handicaps for next month’s Royal Randwick feature released on Monday by Racing NSW.

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Chris Waller’s 2013 Epsom Handicap winner Boban is the 58kg top weight for this spring’s edition of the Randwick classic. Photo: Daniel Costello.

There are officially 93 milers nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival classic taking place on Saturday October 3.

Ace Sydney trainer Waller has won the past two editions of the feature with Boban (2013) and He’s Your Man (2014) going back-to-back, the first of those leading the handicaps for this year’s clash.

Boban won his sixth elite level first-up in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield late last month and was last seen running fourth when beaten half a length in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington over the weekend.

A trip back to Sydney could now be on the agenda as Waller shoots for a hat-trick of Epsom Handicap victories this spring, Boban to carry 58kg if accepted – a weight more than any other winner since the mighty Super Impose (61kg) did for his second back in 1991 having carried 58.5kg for his first the previous year.

In total Waller has 14 horses in the Epsom Handicap mix this year including current equal number one on the ballot Winx who will get in on a lovely 53kg light weight.

The Street Cry mare, winner of the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben back in late May, is the current $4 favourite in Epsom Handicap betting at Ladbrokes.com.au following her weekend win in Rosehill’s Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m).

The last Epsom Handicap winning mare was Secret Admirer (2011) while the last horse to carry 53kg to victory was the aforementioned Boban two years back who pays $15 to win again this spring.

Waller’s other most notable Epsom Handicap hopefuls and their weights are then Royal Descent (55.5kg), Kermadec (56kg) and Catkins (53.5kg).

Six-year-old Redoute’s Choice mare Royal Descent won the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) first-up before a last start third in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) where her Doncaster Mile winning stablemate Kermadec ran second in.

Kermadec has an ace record over the Epsom Handicap track and distance with a win and two seconds from three previous Randwick mile runs, the Teofilo four-year-old the $9 second favourite in betting.

Royal Descent meanwhile is only a dollar more at $10 while Catkins pays $13, the fellow six-year-old mare having won the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) last Saturday on Golden Rose Day.

Following Boban in the Epsom Handicap weights meanwhile are the John O’Shea-trained Contributer (57.5kg) and his stablemate Hartnell (56.5kg) who pay $17 and $19 respectively to hand O’Shea with his second win after the success of Racing To Win (2006).

Racing To Win won with 57kg that year and since then no Epsom Handicap winner has carried more than 54kg to victory.

Contributer won the Chipping Norton Stakes – Ranvet Stakes double in Sydney during the autumn and returned with a Moonee Valley fifth to The Cleaner in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) a fortnight ago.

Hartnell has also had one run this time in, the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) winner from late March crossing fourth to Complacent in the Chelmsford earlier this month.

The past two Epsom Handicap winners both came off last start victories for Waller with Boban taking out the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap that runs this Saturday and He’s Your Man winning the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes in the lead-up.

Also high up early Epsom markets are the likes of the Gai Waterhouse-trained Doomben Cup winner Pornichet ($1), Sweynesse ($11) and Hooked ($15) who are allocated 56kg, 52kg and 54kg respectively.

The John Thompson-trained Hooked is the other horse equal number one with Winx in the current Epsom Handicap ballot order after the five-year-old Casino Prince stallion won the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) first-up two weeks ago.

See below for the full Epsom Handicap 2015 weights and ballot order, the final field released on the Tuesday before race day.

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2015 Epsom Handicap Weights

Royal Randwick Racecourse – 03/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 315x4700x1 HOOKED H 5 John P Thompson 1= 54kg 108
2 x7515211x1 WINX M 4 Chris Waller 1= 53kg 110
3 x970x12x14 BOBAN G 6 Chris Waller 3 58kg 116
4 1x18x111x5 CONTRIBUTER (IRE) H 6 John O’Shea 4= 57.5kg 115
5 20x7433x13 ROYAL DESCENT M 6 Chris Waller 4= 55.5kg 115
6 167x2114x4 HARTNELL (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 6 56.5kg 113
7 1x43431x52 KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 7= 56kg 112
8 x951511x26 PORNICHET (FR) H 5 Gai Waterhouse 7= 56kg 112
9 x1121226x1 CATKINS M 6 Chris Waller 9= 53.5kg 111
10 30x49376x6 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees 9= 53.5kg 111
11 2212x167x4 LUCKY HUSSLER G 6 Darren Weir 11= 54.5kg 109
12 2123x621x0 AMANPOUR M 5 Gai Waterhouse 11= 52.5kg 109
13 28x2460x23 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 13 53.5kg 107
14 43352x0x33 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 14= 53kg 106
15 17x299x538 MESSENE G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14= 53kg 106
16 332x5611x4 STRAWBERRY BOY G 7 Chris Waller 14= 53kg 106
17 130082×249 WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 14= 53kg 106
18 1x94460x11 AMICUS M 4 Chris Waller 14= 52kg 106
19 x3x1112x26 ALPINE EAGLE H 4 Tony McEvoy 19= 52.5kg 105
20 2346x5120x CHARLIE BOY G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 19= 52.5kg 105
21 4x630210x0 LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19= 52.5kg 105
22 4x127202x3 NINTH LEGION G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19= 52.5kg 105
23 22x2332x73 STRATUM STAR H 4 Darren Weir 19= 52.5kg 105
24 1324x113x0 NOBLE PROTECTOR (GB) M 6 Robert Smerdon 19= 52kg 105
25 114x2614x2 ECUADOR (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 25= 52kg 104
26 41411x82x0 FLAMINGO STAR (GER) H 6 Chris Waller 25= 52kg 104
27 1x28840x33 RUDY G 5 Helen Page 25= 52kg 104
28 x21141x621 SILVERBALL (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 25= 52kg 104
29 10x86690x4 ARABIAN GOLD M 5 Gai Waterhouse 29= 52kg 103
30 4x1141x98 GUST OF WIND (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 29= 52kg 103
31 3350x19x87 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 5 John O’Shea 29= 52kg 103
32 11x6650x55 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 29= 52kg 103
33 11122x24x1 DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 33= 52kg 101
34 1x9Px570x0 GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE) G 7 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 33= 52kg 101
35 0x171117x2 HAZARD M 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 33= 52kg 101
36 3×33123144 KENJORWOOD G 6 Peter G Moody 33= 52kg 101
37 x7348x0x43 MAY’S DREAM M 5 Darren Weir 33= 52kg 101
38 138x2240x9 SWEYNESSE H 4 John O’Shea 33= 52kg 101
39 14x2111x50 HI WORLD H 4 Peter G Moody 39= 52kg 100
40 1112789×27 JACQUINOT BAY G 8 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 39= 52kg 100
41 21x2131x6 TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker 39= 52kg 100
42 80x5797x60 AOMEN (IRE) G 8 Anthony Cummings 42= 52kg 98
43 x125236x35 KINGDOMS (NZ) G 6 Brian Smith 42= 52kg 98
44 17412311×2 SONS OF JOHN G 5 Jason Attard 42= 52kg 98
45 6745x458x2 AKAVOROUN G 6 Ciaron Maher 45= 52kg 97
46 63330×4850 DESERT JEUNEY G 6 Nigel Blackiston 45= 52kg 97
47 11x60212x0 HAURAKI G 4 John O’Shea 47= 52kg 96
48 211x2677x0 MALICE G 5 John O’Shea 47= 52kg 96
49 11x290x389 PETROLOGY H 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 49= 52kg 95
50 11x59504x9 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney 49= 52kg 95
51 36x12212x0 SENSE OF OCCASION G 5 Joseph Pride 49= 52kg 95
52 12124x621x ATLANTIS DREAM (NZ) M 7 Darren Weir 52 52kg 94
53 22x96834x7 CELTIC PRINCE (NZ) G 6 Bjorn Baker 53 52kg 93
54 11x42154x1 SADLER’S LAKE G 4 Chris Waller 54= 52kg 92
55 1384x452x7 SYSMO (FR) G 7 Tony McEvoy 54= 52kg 92
56 383x8431x7 BEST CASE (NZ) G 5 Anthony Cummings 56= 52kg 91
57 x2240651x0 JABALI H 4 Mick Price 56= 52kg 91
58 1×22321110 BERRY DELICIOUS M 4 Jason Coyle 58= 52kg 90
59 6x12971x38 YESTERDAY’S SONGS G 5 Michael Moroney 58= 52kg 90
60 11111x8x52 HE OR SHE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 60= 52kg 89
61 x8x137423x SAN DIEGO G 5 John O’Shea 60= 52kg 89
62 61x33171x4 SLIGHTLY SWEET M 4 Jason Coyle 60= 52kg 89
63 321515×355 ADORABEEL (NZ) M 6 Joseph Pride 63= 52kg 88
64 4117x28x14 KING KINSHASA (GB) G 5 Gai Waterhouse 63= 52kg 88
65 430x210x73 TERONADO G 5 Bruce W Hill 63= 52kg 88
66 710320x2x5 VELOX (GB) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 63= 52kg 88
67 6211375×17 WORTHY CAUSE H 4 John Zielke 67 52kg 87
68 1x114817x5 BALLET SUITE M 4 Chris Waller 68= 52kg 86
69 x811621x00 LOVED UP M 4 Brett Cavanough 68= 52kg 86
70 x62627x337 WINE TALES M 4 Chris Waller 68= 52kg 86
71 54313x11x1 GOD’S IN HIM G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 71 52kg 84
72 1194x7x063 PRESSING H 4 Mick Price 72= 52kg 83
73 1122×2 SARDAAJ (NZ) M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 72= 52kg 83
74 012x3549x5 SPY DECODER (NZ) G 5 Anthony Cummings 74 52kg 82
75 87300×7429 PACIFIC HEIGHTS (IRE) G 7 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 75 52kg 81
76 9x31932x51 FAROLITOS G 4 John O’Shea 76= 52kg 80
77 8×14131117 SKYLINE BLUSH M 4 Anthony Cummings 76= 52kg 80
78 321121x1x1 START WONDERING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 76= 52kg 80
79 2x02349x97 SUPARA M 4 Gai Waterhouse 79 52kg 79
80 3616x340x REKINDLED POWER H 4 Paul Messara 80= 52kg 78
81 173331154x TASHBEEH H 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 80= 52kg 78
82 421265×670 TESTASHADOW G 4 Gary Portelli 82 52kg 76
83 113x6535x THINKING OF YOU (NZ) M 4 Peter G Moody 83= 52kg 75
84 63115734x ZARZALI M 4 James Cummings 83= 52kg 75
85 1x120x1 AZKADELLIA (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher 85= 52kg 73
86 19x313x120 HIS MAJESTY (IRE) G 6 Kim Waugh 85= 52kg 73
87 248364209x EXCITED PRINCE G 6 Jason Coyle 87 52kg 72
88 32174×1 PUZZLING WONDER H 4 Anthony Cummings 88 52kg 70
89 66×8944446 SCRATCH ME LUCKY G 4 Paul Perry 89= 52kg 69
90 1x320x SKYLIMIT H 4 Gai Waterhouse 89= 52kg 69
91 51x2846x56 SWORN TO SILENCE (NZ) G 4 Bryce Heys 91 52kg 68
92 240x708x64 BETTER LAND H 4 Peter G Moody 92 52kg 67
93 42×2 SAN TELMO G 5 Anthony Cummings 93 52kg

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