Epsom Handicap

The Epsom Handicap is a Group 1 race run at Royal Randwick on Saturday 30th September as part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

2017 Epsom Handicap Results

  • 1st: #1 Happy Clapper
  • 2nd: #9 Tom Melbourne
  • 3rd: #13 Snitzon



The Group 1 Epsom Handicap is the premier handicap event of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival held in last September or early October annually. Run at Royal Randwick Racecourse, the 1600m open handicap race is one of the two biggest mile races at the course. The other is the Doncaster Handicap held in April during ‘The Championships’. Held on the same day as the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) and the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) for three-year-old fillies, the Epsom Handicap offers $1,000,000 in prize money. It has been dominated by local Sydney milers in recent years including the Chris Waller-trained Boban (2013), He’s Your Man (2014), subsequent Cox Plate winning mare Winx (2015) and Happy Clapper (2017).

This season the Epsom Handicap 2017 took place on Saturday 30 September , 2017.

2017 Epsom Handicap
Date: Saturday 30 September , 2017
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1,000,000

2017 Epsom Handicap  Results

  • 1st: #1 Happy Clapper
  • 2nd: #9 Tom Melbourne
  • 3rd: #13 Snitzon

Check out the official Epsom Handicap 2017 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on the gutsy win by the $2.40 favourite Happy Clapper who handed trainer Patrick Webster his first Group 1 victory holding off Chris Waller’s perennial runner-up Tom Melbourne with Snitzon third in a photo to round out the trifecta.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 2 57kg $2.40F
2 9 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Glen Boss 0.5L 9 52kg $8
3 13 SNITZSON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 3L 3 50.5kg $26
4 2 FOXPLAY Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3.1L 10 54.5kg $8
5 3 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) Kris Lees Corey Brown 3.4L 7 54kg $12
6 11 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Joao Moreira 4.4L 8 51kg $5
7 6 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 4.9L 4 53kg $26
8 5 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 5.8L 1 53.5kg $18
9 12 SAVILE ROW (NZ) Michael Moroney Jay Ford 7.1L 5 51kg $31
10 8 ZANBAGH John P Thompson Damian Lane 7.9L 6 52.5kg (cd 53kg) $31
14 EMBLEY Bjorn Baker Andrew Adkins (a) 0
4 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 0
7 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 0
10 EGG TART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 0

2017 Epsom Handicap Tips

  • 1st: #11 Comin’ Through
  • 2nd: #1 Happy Clapper
  • 3rd: #9 Tom Melbourne

Check out our complete Epsom Handicap 2017 Betting Tips.

2017 Epsom Handicap Betting

Read our full 2017 Epsom Handicap Form Guide & Betting Preview now

The updated Epsom Handicap 2017 betting markets will be provided for punters below across the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival as lead-up races are run and won. Proven milers at the Randwick track dominate the Epsom Handicap odds each year, as do the in-form Chris Waller-trained  hopefuls.

Check out the latest 2017 Epsom Handicap odds below complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Epsom Handicap Field

Each year the Epsom Handicap field is announced on the Tuesday of race week and features the season’s top-class milers coming off lead-up runs in races including the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) held at Rosehill the week before and the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m).

The official Epsom Handicap 2017 Final Field & Barriers will be published in full below once announced by Racing NSW on Tuesday September 27, 2017.

The 2017 Epsom Handicap Field is now out with 14 confirmed starters for the million dollar feature including five for Sydney’s Chris Waller who has trained three of the past four winners. Waller’s Epsom Handicap horses are led by Egg Tart (51kg) who is drawn the inside alley, while fellow four-year-old mare Foxplay from the stable has the outside barrier (14 of 14) to overcome. Top fancy in Epsom Handicap betting Happy Clapper carries 57kg and drew ideally in gate four.

Update: The 2017 Epsom Handicap Final Field is down to a dozen after Embley scratched out in favour of a Group 2 Hill Stakes (1800m) run earlier on the day and He’s Our Rokkii was withdrawn heading instead to Melbourne on Sunday for the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).

Egg Tart Out: Chris Waller’s gun mare Egg Tart, who was to jump from barrier one in Saturday’s Epsom Handicap, has officially been scratched from the race after being declared unfit to run due to an eye irritation.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 69x2125x12 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 4 57kg 113
2 4x24141x23 FOXPLAY Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 14 54.5kg 112
3 480×350112 SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ) Kris Lees Corey Brown 10 54kg 107
4 10x8747x46 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 5 53.5kg 106
5 311255×427 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 3 53.5kg 106
6 x156495x84 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 7 53kg 105
7 271183×477 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 2 52.5kg 108
8 0x2612x701 ZANBAGH John P Thompson Damian Lane 9 52.5kg 108
9 3x6905x222 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Glen Boss 13 52kg 103
10 31x11111x2 EGG TART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1 51kg 105
11 21x5338x11 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Joao Moreira 12 51kg 101
12 x6321220x0 SAVILE ROW (NZ) Michael Moroney Jay Ford 8 51kg 101
13 114173×546 SNITZSON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 6 50.5kg 94
14 2210×67911 EMBLEY Bjorn Baker Andrew Adkins (a) 11 50.5kg 91

2017 Epsom Handicap Nominations & Weights

The 2017 Epsom Handicap nominations were released on September 4th and featured 89 hopeful milers.

Check out the full 2017 Epsom Handicap nominations by following the link.

The official 2017 Epsom Handicap Weights were released on Monday September 18 with three gallopers allocated the 58kg top weight: Black Heart Bart, Humidor and Le Romain. The highest-weighted mare in the Epsom Handicap for 2017 is the Chris Waller-trained Foxplay with 54kg after her third to star stablemate Winx in the George Main Stakes.

View the Epsom Handicap 2017 Weights.

Epsom Handicap History

The Epsom Handicap was first won by Dundee in 1863 and has quite a few dual winners including Toi Port in 1963-64, Super Impose in 1990-91 and Desert War in 2004-05. Due to the Equine Flu, the race was not held in 2007. If you think the history on this race can help you in getting an edge in the market you can join any of the featured bookmakers on our partner site Freebets.com.au

In 2015 Winx won the Epsom Handicap, the third straight champion for trainer Chris Waller, and went on to make history taking out Melbourne’s Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at weight-for-age next start.

Epsom Handicap Winners

Recent winners of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap are detailed below along with the placegetters and winning times.

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Epsom Handicap
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Epsom Handicap
1st Happy Clapper 1 minute 33.17 seconds
2nd Tom Melbourne
3rd Snitzon
2016
Epsom Handicap
1st Hauraki 1 minute 33.8 seconds
2nd Dibayani
3rd Mackintosh
2015
Epsom Handicap
1st Winx 1 minute 34.58 seconds
2nd Ecuador
3rd Sons Of John
2014
Epsom Handicap
1st He’s Your Man 1 minute 33.34 seconds
2nd Royal Descent
3rd Hooked
2013
Epsom Handicap
1st Boban 1 minute 34.43 seconds
2nd Streama
3rd Toydini
2012
Epsom Handicap
1st Fat Al 1 minute 34.56 seconds
2nd Ambidexter
3rd Rolling Pin
2011
Epsom Handicap
1st Secret Admirer 1 minute 35.59 seconds
2nd Pinker Pinker
3rd Red Tracer
2010
Epsom Handicap
1st Captain Sonador 1 minute 34.1 seconds
2nd Trusting
3rd Sacred Choice
2009
Epsom Handicap
1st Rock Kingdom 1 minute 38.65 seconds
2nd Rangirangdoo
3rd Road To Rock
2008
Epsom Handicap
1st Theseo 1 minute 36.28 seconds
2nd Bank Robber
3rd Gallant Tess
2007
Epsom Handicap
Race Not Held
2006
Epsom Handicap
1st Racing To Win 1 minute 35.06 seconds
2nd Desert War
3rd Malcolm
2005
Epsom Handicap
1st Desert War 1 minute 34.51 seconds
2nd Johan’s Toy
3rd Lotteria
2004
Epsom Handicap
1st Desert War 1 minute 37.23 seconds
2nd Our Egyptian Raine
3rd Tsuimai
2003
Epsom Handicap
1st Clangalang 1 minute 35.22 seconds
2nd Grand Armee
3rd Forum Floozie
2002
Epsom Handicap
1st Excellerator 1 minute 35.46 seconds
2nd Kingsgate
3rd Gordo
2001
Epsom Handicap
1st Final Fantasy 1 minute 22.45 seconds
2nd Kingsgate
3rd Crawl
2000
Epsom Handicap
1st Shogun Lodge 1 minute 33.5 seconds
2nd Landsighting
3rd Chinhoyi

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