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One of the biggest days of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival takes place at Royal Randwick today with a triple shot of Group 1 action scheduled for 2017 Epsom Handicap Day, results and updated Randwick winners published live across the afternoon right here at Races.com.au.
It is a nine-race card for Epsom Handicap Day and plenty of spring stars will be on show including the gun milers led by Happy Clapper in the Group 1 $1 million Epsom Handicap (1600m) scheduled as Race 7.
The season’s exciting three-year-old fillies face in in Race 5 for the Group 1 $500,000 Flight Stakes (1600m), and Chris Waller looks set to dominate the Race 8 Randwick results in the Group 1 $750,000 The Metropolitan (2400m).
There’s also an early The Everest preview taking place in Race 6 with Chautauqua and English doing battle in the Group 2 $500,000 Premiere Stakes (1200m), so there’s plenty of top betting to be done all day.
Check out the latest Randwick racing results below, live as Epsom Handicap Day winners are revealed and don’t forget to head to Ladbrokes.com.au to lock in all your spring racing tips at the right price.
Race 9 (5:25pm) – $100,000 Snitzel Sprint (1200m)
- 1st: #7 Isorich
- 2nd: #10 I Thought So
- 3rd: #4 Tango Rain
The last on Epsom Handicap Day saw the Wayne Seelin-trained roughie Isorich ($21) score his second upset win on the trot, holding out the better fancied duo of I Thought So and Tango Rain for the win. A fortnight ago the seven-year-old from Wyong saluted at $19 odds at the track and distance, but the punters didn’t warm to him for round two in the Snitzel Sprint. He jumped at a generous price again and showed marvelous fight, the courageous veteran digging in for another close victory.
Race 8 (4:45pm) – Group 1 $750,000 The Metropolitan (2400m)
- 1st: #10 Foundry
- 2nd: #5 Big Duke
- 3rd: #7 Chocante
It was meant to be a race dominated by the Chris Waller-trained stayers, but none of the master trainer’s four runners featured in the official The Metropolitan 2017 results. Instead jockey Michael Dee rode his first Group 1 winner in a perfect performance aboard the Lloyd Williams-raced Foundry who was too good getting in on just 50.5kg. He held out the always-honest Big Duke who is tracking along nicely for a possible Melbourne Cup bid, while the Kiwi Chocante rounded out the trifecta.
Race 7 (4:00pm) – Group 1 $1 million Epsom Handicap (1600m)
- 1st: #1 Happy Clapper
- 2nd: #9 Tom Melbourne
- 3rd: #13 Snitzon
Happy Clapper finally broke through for trainer Pat Webster‘s first Group 1 win after 50 years of training, the always-honest Teofilo seven-year-old too good for his rivals in the Epsom Handicap. Happy Clapper was the race favourite after a host of seconds and thirds at the highest level, including finishing runner-up to Winx in the George Main last start. But without Winx in the mix today, the top weight was impressive holding off Chris Waller‘s perennial runner-up Tom Melbourne in the Epsom Handicap quinella, while Snitzon got up for third.
Race 6 (3:20pm) – Group 2 $500,000 Santos Coffee Premiere Stakes (1200m)
- 1st: #10 In Her Time
- 2nd: #9 English
- 3rd: #2 Clearly Innocent
A call-up for one of the final spots in the $10 million The Everest (1200m) could be calling for Benjamin Smith‘s class mare In Her Time who put in an outstanding first-up effort in the Premiere Stakes to hold off the fast-finishing English for an all-mares’ quinella. Clearly Innocent was also good returning with a smart third, while race favourite Chautauqua was too far back to contend for the win but still finished off well running through the line late as he too heads towards the inaugural The Everest on October 14.
Race 5 (2:40pm) – Group 1 $500,000 Flight Stakes (1600m)
- 1st: #2 Alizee
- 2nd: #1 Champagne Cuddles
- 3rd: #4 Cellargirl
The Godolphin-raced favourite Alizee absolutely bolted home in the Flight Stakes over a mile handing trainer James Cummings his first Group 1 win for the stable. The last-start Tea Rose Stakes winner easily completed the double, the quinella repeated with the Bjorn Baker-trained Champagne Cuddles on the quick back-up from the Golden Rose second running second best for the fourth time on the trot. Nothing could match the blistering late turn of foot from Alizee however, jockey Glyn Schofield riding her cold out the back before really letting down over the final 300m for the big win. Brisbane-trained Cellargirl rounded out the Trifecta in third, the exact result from the Tea Rose Stakes a fortnight ago.
Race 4 (2:05pm) –Group 2 $500,000 ILive Appliances Hill Stakes (1800m)
- 1st: #7 Classic Uniform
- 2nd: #8 Embley
- 3rd: #4 Mackintosh
Jockey Michael Walker gave the Gary Moore-trained Classic Uniform a perfect up-front ride, the tough galloper leading all-the-way to take out the Hill Stakes in a fighting finish. Walker had an easy time up front dictating the race, walking then sprinting off to get some cheap late sectionals and hold the field at bay. The in-form Embley gave chase and it was a two-horse race in the closing stages, but Walker wouldn’t let Classic Uniform go down and the leader held for the gutsy victory. Race favourite Mackintosh couldn’t match it with the first two past the post, the Chris Waller-trained galloper having to settle for third after a flat run.
Race 3 (1:30pm) – Listed $125,000 Schweppes Dulcify Quality (1600m)
- 1st: #7 Ataraxia
- 2nd: #5 Dissolution
- 3rd: #2 Sambro
The Godolphin Blue was seen in the winners’ circle for the first time on Epsom Handicap Day in the third after a narrow but tough win by the James Cummings-trained Teofilo colt Ataraxia in the Dulcify Quality. Proving his last start sixth at Warwick Farm was forgivable, the progressive three-year-old was fitter third-up with the 53kg lightweight, holding off the fast-finishing Dissolution from the stables of Team Hawkes for the win. Race favourite Sambro pinged the lead and bounced out in front, but wasn’t being pushed to lead. Ataraxia was settled third then fourth on the fence, as Chosen Assassin led the field around. The ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira started to up the anti on Sambro approaching the turn, with the Tommy Berry-ridden Dissolution travelling up well down the outside. He couldn’t get to Ataraxia however who pushed ahead and enjoyed a neck win, while Sambro held for third.
Race 2 (12:55pm) – Listed $150,000 Keeneland Gimcrack Stakes (1000m)
- 1st: #5 Satin Slipper
- 2nd: #16 Setsuna
- 3rd: #14 Fiesta
Jockey Hugh Bowman bagged an early Epsom Handicap Day two-years-old double, backing up from a confident winning ride on Performer in the Breeders’ Plate to take out the fillies’ edition on the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Pierro filly Satin Slipper. The youngster did well over an unsuitable distance according to Bowman, who tips Satin Slipper as a future miler in the making. The winner was impressive holding out the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Setsuna, while Fiesta from a wide barrier did well to round out the trifecta in third.
Race 1 (12:20pm) – Listed $150,000 Arrowfield Breeders’ Plate (1000m)
- 1st: #5 Performer
- 2nd: #1 Bondi
- 3rd: #7 Santos
Chris Waller made new ground on Epsom Handicap Day producing an early two-year-old winner with outstanding young Exceed And Excel colt Performer taking out the first in an eye-catching finish, savaging the line to defeat Bondi (2nd) and Santos (3rd). Jockey Hugh Bowman was full of post-win praise declaring Performer a genuine hope for next year’s Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m).
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