Waller Stars Dominate 2020 Epsom Handicap Field & Betting

September 30, 2020

Waller Stars Dominate 2020 Epsom Handicap Field & Betting

Master horseman Chris Waller dominates the Epsom Handicap 2020 field at Royal Randwick on Saturday saddling-up eight of the runners including the clear favourite in betting Star Of The Seas.

Star Of The Seas Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

The rails-drawn Star Of The Seas is clear favourite in 2020 Epsom Handicap betting for Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

Set to run as Randwick Race 7 at 4:05pm (AEST), this year’s Group 1 $1 million Epsom Handicap (1600m) field features a capacity line-up of 20 starters plus an emergency and nearly half hail from the Waller stable.

Sydney’s 10-time Premiership winning trainer has won four of the past seven editions of the Epsom and is back with a strong contingent looking to add to that success on the weekend.

Sitting top of the post-field Epsom Handicap odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is Waller’s perennial Group 1 runner-up Star Of The Seas at $5.50 to finally break through with an elite level win of his own.

The consistent son of Ocean Park comes off a frustrating run of minor placings including finishing second in last year’s Doncaster Mile, the Winx Stakes first-up this August and the George Main Stakes last start.

Returning to the same track and distance as the George Main from August 22, Star Of The Seas drops notably in weight from 59kg to 55.5kg on Saturday and is drawn to get the run of the race from barrier one with Nash Rawiller aboard.

Star Of The Seas was beaten home by stablemate Kolding in the George Main Stakes and the duo are set for a rematch in the Epsom.

Kolding won last year’s Epsom Handicap carrying just 50.5kg before taking out the inaugural edition of Rosehill’s $7.5 million The Golden Eagle (1500m).

The now five-year-old gelding, a fellow son of Kiwi sire Ocean Park, was impressive returning to winning form third-up last time out but is at a disadvantage weight-wise in the Epsom.

He is allocated the 56.5kg top weight, has also drawn out wide (20) for jockey dual Epsom Handicap winning hoop Hugh Bowman and pays $11 to go back-to-back in the event for the first time since Desert War (2004-05).

Group 1 winning Adelaide mare Funstar ($12) coming off and Group 2 Theo Marks second, George Main third placegetter Imaging ($13) drawn the far outside alley and veteran nine-year-old Mister Sea Wolf ($16) last seen winning the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes a month ago round out the Waller hopes in the mix.

Along with Star Of The Seas, there are just two other runners at single-figure Epsom Handicap odds with Group 1 winning Kiwi mare Probabeel ($8) drawn out in gate 18 and Rock ($9) for last weekend’s Golden Rose winning stable Hawkes Racing.

Kerrin McEvoy retains the ride on Jamie Richards’ consistent daughter of Savabeel Probabeel in the Epsom, the four-year-old mare coming off and Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) win at the track from September 19.

She drops down from 57kg to just 52.5kg for the Group 1 on Saturday, and should be flying with that weight looking for a second career Group 1 following her Surround Stakes success at the track over Funstar back in February.

Rock also looks very well-weighted with 52.5kg, Tommy Berry to partner the Pierro five-year-old from barrier 13 having ridden him to a nearly four length victory in Newcastle’s Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) last month.

Click here for the latest Epsom Handicap 2020 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Epsom Handicap Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x45778x021 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 20 56.5kg 111
2 101x300x51 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4 56kg 110
3 93x1720x22 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 1 55.5kg 109
4 0x8100x343 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 21 55.5kg 109
5 190x1410x0 NETTOYER Wendy Roche James Innes Jnr 14 54kg 110
6 2x13437x03 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Jason Collett 3 54kg 106
7 x7207523x2 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 2 54kg 106
8 7713116×14 THE CANDY MAN Peter & Paul Snowden Regan Bayliss 9 53.5kg 105
9 31x7410x81 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tim Clark 6 53kg 104
10 12×2322605 NICCANOVA Craig Carmody Blaike McDougall 11 53kg 104
11 x111228x21 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 18 52.5kg 107
12 11x2142x62 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Glen Boss 19 52.5kg 107
13 11150x3x51 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 13 52.5kg 1.5kg 100
14 8221111×05 COLETTE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 10 52kg 106
15 3x82435x35 RELOADED Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 7 51kg 100
16 832022×073 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Jarrod Austin Ms Jess Taylor 8 50kg 97
17 1x11123x92 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 12 50kg 96
18 363422×164 SAVACOOL (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 16 50kg 98
19 23250×3466 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan (a) 5 50kg 98
20 41121111×9 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Dolan 15 50kg 96
21e x11445x612 JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 17 50kg 88

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