2015 Epsom Handicap Barriers: Winx Draws Wide

Chris Waller’s Theo Marks Stakes winning mare Winx has suffered an early blow in her bid to salute for the punters in Saturday’s Epsom Handicap 2015 coming up with an awkward barrier 13 draw for the Randwick classic.

Winx

2015 Epsom Handicap favourite Winx will go back from her wide barrier 13 of 15 draw in the mile feature at Randwick this weekend. Photo: Daniel Costello.

A final field of 15 milers face off in this year’s $1 million Group 1 The Star 150th Epsom (1600m), the handicap clash running as Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEST) at the weekend’s major Sydney Spring Racing Carnival meeting.

Heading the early Epsom Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au was Waller’s four-year-old daughter of Street Cry, Winx one of three chances in the race for the dual defending trainer who has won the past two editions with Boban (2013) and He’s Your Man (2014).

Winner of the Queensland Oaks during the winter in Brisbane before her first-up Rosehill win in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) on September 12, Winx has Hugh Bowman back aboard but must overcome barrier 13 of 15 to become a dual Group 1 winner.

Double digit barriers though have produced three of the past four Epsom Handicap winners including the last mare to beat home the boys in the classic – Secret Admirer overcoming gate 16 of 17 to win in 2011.

Barrier 13 holds a unique hoodoo of its own however with no Epsom champ jumping from the gate in over 30 years.

The past two Epsom Handicap winners both saluted from barrier 10 for Waller and this year the gate belongs to the John Sargent-trained Alamosa mare Kirramosa.

The five-year-old has run fifth in all three of her runs this time in including a solid effort behind Kermadec in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) over the same track and distance as the Epsom back on September 19.

The George Main Stakes has produced 15 Epsom Handicap winners since 1983, the most recent being Rock Kingdom (6th in 2009).

In that time the most successful Epsom barriers with four winners each are seven and eight drawn this season by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Ecuador and the Team Hawkes-trained Messene respectively.

Triple Epsom Handicap winning jockey Glen Boss, whose latest success was on Captain Sonador (2010), has the ride on High Chaparral six-year-old Ecuador.

A winner of six of his 18 starts to date, Ecuador has an excellent mile record (5-2-2-0) and comes off a fourth when beaten under two lengths in the Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) from September 18 carrying 57kg.

He drops a kilo on the weekend going down to the new 56kg minimum after weights were raised 4kg with his trainer Waterhouse shooting for her incredible eighth win in the Epsom and her first since Fat Al (2012).

Messene meanwhile is prepared by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes and the son of Lonhro is out to break the hoodoo of seven-year-olds in the Epsom with none saluting since Super Impose won his second in 1991.

The gelding though comes off a nice third when only beaten a half-length in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill last Saturday, a race that produced back-to-back Epsom winners in Secret Admirer and Fat Al (2011 and 2012).

The best drawn in this year’s edition with the inside alleys are the John O’Shea-trained Cameron Handicap runner-up Malice (1), John Thompson’s recent Tramway winner Hooked (2) out to atone for a George Main ninth from two weeks ago, the in-form Waller-trained Sadler’s Lake (3) coming off a Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) victory at the track in the wet and the Kris Lees-trained Lucia Valentina (4) who carries a hefty 57.5kg as she looks for her first win since last October’s Turnbull Stakes over the distance in Melbourne.

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2015 Epsom Handicap Barrier Draw

Randwick Race 7 (4:00pm) – 03/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 15x4700x19 HOOKED John P Thompson Tye Angland 2 58kg 108
2 0x49376x64 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Zac Purton 4 57.5kg 111
3 28x2460x23 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 14 57.5kg 107
4 x7515211x1 WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 13 57kg 110
5 7x299x5383 MESSENE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 8 57kg 106
6 x28840x332 RUDY Helen Page Luke Tarrant (a) 9 56kg 104
7 x21141x621 SILVERBALL (FR) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5 56kg 104
8 14x2614x24 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Glen Boss 7 56kg 104
9 1x6650x555 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent Blake Shinn 10 56kg 103
10 38x2240x96 SWEYNESSE John O’Shea James McDonald 11 56kg 101
11 1x42154x11 SADLER’S LAKE Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 3 56kg 92
12 17412311×2 SONS OF JOHN Jason Attard Jeff Penza 15 56kg 98
13 11x2677x02 MALICE John O’Shea Joao Moreira 1 56kg 96
14 30x210x737 TERONADO Bruce W Hill Jason Collett 6 56kg 88
15 1194x7x063 PRESSING Mick Price Glyn Schofield 12 56kg 83

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