Waller has a third of the field in 2018 Epsom Handicap

September 25, 2018

Waller has a third of the field in 2018 Epsom Handicap

Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller will saddle up a third of the field in the 2018 Group 1 $1m Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Unforgotten, above, is one of a host of runners for Chris Waller in the 2018 Epsom Handicap at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Unforgotten, above, is one of a host of runners for Chris Waller in the 2018 Epsom Handicap at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Waller has won the Epsom Handicap on three previous occasions with Boban (2013), He’s Your Man (2014) and Winx (2015) and has a great chance to add another Epsom Handicap trophy to the mantelpiece with one of his seven runners in the twenty horse field plus two emergencies.

The Waller runners are D’Argento (barrier 1), Shillelagh (5), Single Gaze (12), Unforgotten (3), Mister Sea Wolf (7), Religify (8) and Tom Melbourne (19) while Paret (11) has been installed as the second emergency.

High profile jockey James McDonald has the mount on the early favourite D’Argento again after partnering the grey two starts back to a third placing behind super star stablemate Winx in the Group 1 $500,000 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on August 18 and is replacing Hugh Bowman who was aboard last start for a second to Home Of The Brave in the Group 2 $200,000 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on September 8.

Bowman will ride the James Cummings trained Hartnell who is the top weight for the Epsom Handicap and will jump from barrier ten.

McDonald is happy to have drawn the inside gate and said that D’Argento felt great when he rode him work this morning at Rosehill.

“The inside draw is okay. It is obviously better than drawing twenty-two,” McDonald said.

“I see that there are few favourites drawn around me and that will make it an interesting race.”

“From what I felt this morning, he is flying the horse. He is such a beautiful horse with no weight on his back.  He is going to be awfully hard to beat.”

“He worked nice and sharp over five furlongs (1000m), he came home the last two (400m) really good.”

“I couldn’t be more pleased the way he is going and what I felt this morning he is hum dinging.”

Final field for the 2018 Epsom Handicap (1600m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 90x1304x24 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 10 57kg 113
2 x121122x12 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Corey Brown 4 54kg 109
3 1x13714x32 D’ARGENTO Chris Waller James McDonald 1 53.5kg 106
4 x076x462x4 SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Walker 5 53kg 109
5 x577421x04 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 16 53kg 105
6 20x22525x0 SINGLE GAZE Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 12 52.5kg 108
7 11x0121x61 UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3 52.5kg 108
8 5×23095611 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 7 52.5kg 104
9 205138×464 ARBEITSAM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 15 52.5kg 103
10 1x22x04766 RELIGIFY Chris Waller Jay Ford 8 52.5kg 103
11 1x31117x48 LANCIATO (NZ) Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 6 52kg 103
12 0x25828x26 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Dean Yendall 19 51.5kg 100
13 22x1330x32 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES Bjorn Baker Craig Newitt 21 51kg 105
14 722x240x92 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Damien Thornton 13 51kg 102
15 525x546x51 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Craig Williams 17 51kg(incl 1kg pen) 101
16 2x1295x271 SIEGE OF QUEBEC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr 14 50kg 104
17 x3620x4025 INVICTUS PRINCE (GB) Matthew Smith Andrew Adkins 9 50kg 98
18 025x2347x8 RADIPOLE (IRE) Michael Moroney Dean Holland 22 50kg 97
19 336717×631 MURAAQEB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 2 50kg 93
20 326×003132 GOODFELLA Bjorn Baker 20 50kg 90
21e 7433923×39 NETTOYER Wendy Roche 18 50kg 88
22e x568x31117 PARET Chris Waller Michael Dee 11 50kg 84

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