Winx Leads 2015 Epsom Handicap Field

September 29, 2015

Winx Leads 2015 Epsom Handicap Field

Chris Waller’s flying mare Winx is the headline final acceptor in a 15-horse field set to face off at Royal Randwick this Saturday for the 150th edition of the Epsom Handicap 2015 in Sydney.

Winx

Winx is one of three chances for trainer Chris Waller to secure a third straight Epsom Handicap win in Sydney this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Due to jump as Randwick Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEST) as the marquee race on the nine-event program this weekend’s $1 million Group 1 The Star 150th Epsom (1600m) gives Sydney’s best Waller the chance at three straight wins.

The five-time Sydney Premiership winning horseman took out the mile classic in 2013 with Boban and last year with He’s Your Man and is back in 2015 with the early favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au Winx and two of her stablemates.

A four-year-old daughter of Street Cry looking to become the first Epsom Handicap winning mare since Secret Admirer (2011), Winx has won her past three starts since a second in the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) at Randwick in April during her three-year-old season.

One of those victories was her own elite level Oaks win in Queensland at Doomben over 2200m in late May before her last start win when returning at Rosehill on September 12 to take out the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m).

The last Epsom Handicap champ to have their final lead-up in the Theo Marks was back in 2001 when Final Fantasy scored an upset as a 50/1 hope, but the odds on Winx are set to be much firmer with her Queensland Oaks winning jockey Hugh Bowman back in board in place of James McDonald.

Waller’s other two Epsom hopes this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival are Silverball and Sadler’s Lake to be ridden by Brenton Avdulla and veteran hoop Jim Cassidy respectively.

European import Silverball is in top form this season having improved on a second in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) from late August to win the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) three weeks ago carrying 58kg.

He drops back two kilos to 56kg this weekend in the Epsom, one kilogram less than Winx (57kg).

The 56kg minimum is also allocated to Sadler’s Lake who shoots for three straight wins after the High Chaparral four-year-old won back-to-back 1400m races at Randwick in September including the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap.

Cassidy was aboard for that half-length victory over Rudy in the Bill Ritchie that has produced recent Epsom winners Captain Sonador (4th in 2010) and Boban who completed the double two years back for Waller.

Leading the Epsom Handicap weights this season is the John Thompson-trained Hooked on 58kg, Tye Angland riding the recent Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) winner.

After the Tramway the Casino Prince stallion ran dead last when ninth to Kermadec in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at a track and distance he returns to seeking atonement this weekend.

The next heaviest weighted on 57.5kg each are the Kris Lees-trained Lucia Valentina and Team HawkesEntirely Platinum.

Dual Group 1 winning Savabeel mare Lucia Valentina hasn’t won a race since the Turnbull Stakes in Melbourne last October but is out to break the drought third-up on Saturday coming off a good fourth in the George Main Stakes.

Entirely Platinum is out to go back-to-back for the six-year-olds in the Epsom, the son of Pentire coming off two Group 1 minor placings when second to Boban in the Memsie at Caulfield and third to Fawkner in the Makybe Diva Stakes over the Flemington mile.

Also coming off nice lead-up runs into Sydney’s feature race this weekend are the likes of the other Hawkes-trained hope Messene who ran third in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill last Saturday, Helen Page’s Bill Ritchie runner-up Rudy from the Gold Coast and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Ecuador whose last start was at Newcastle on September 18 when fourth in the Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m).

The official Epsom Handicap 2015 barrier draw takes place at 10:30am (AEST) this morning so stay tuned.

In the meantime head to Ladbrokes.com.au and open an account with the bookie offering the best spring betting odds and offers this weekend!

2015 Epsom Handicap Final Field

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

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