2021 Epsom Handicap Nominations Feature Ayrton and Mo’unga

September 7, 2021

2021 Epsom Handicap Nominations Feature Ayrton and Mo’unga

Nominations for the 2021 Epsom Handicap are now out with the progressive Ayrton and dual Group 1 winner Mo’unga headlining all-in betting on the Randwick feature this spring.

Mo'unga | Photo: Steve Hart | Races.com.au

Winx Stakes winner Mo’unga is among the headline 2021 Epsom Handicap nominations this spring. Photo: Steve Hart.

Racing NSW took early entries for a host of spring majors on Monday including those for the Group 1 $1.5 million Epsom Handicap (1600m).

The Epsom Handicap nominations attracted 90 milers with the gun four-year-olds dominating pre-field betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Current favourite is the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained Ayrton, the Kiwi-bred son of Iffraaj boasting five wins and a second from his six career starts to date including a first-up win for the punters at Caulfield on August 28.

Both he and the Annabel Neasham-trained Mo’unga are at the top of futures betting for both the Epsom Handicap along with the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle (Rosehill, October 30).

Mo’unga won the autumn’s Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and returned in fine style winning the Group 1 Winx Stakes in his four-year-old debut.

Neasham has also nominated for her brilliant seven-year-old British expat Zaaki, a seven-length winner of Brisbane’s Group 1 Doomben Cup in the winter before returning with an equally impressive Group 2 Tramway Stakes win over 1400m in Sydney last weekend.

The reigning Epsom Handicap winner, Probabeel, is nominated for a potential title defence with Jamie Richards’ classy New Zealand-trained mare kicking off her spring with a narrow win as the odds-on favourite in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

Desert War (2004-05) was the last back-to-back Epsom Handicap winner.

Ace young New Zealand trainer Richards has also entered another star mare from his stable, Savabeel four-year-old Amarelinha who won the NZ Oaks back in March before a fourth in Sydney’s ATC Oaks the following month.

Trainer Chris Waller has prepared four of the past eight Epsom Handicap winners and is back this season with a bumper 15 entries.

Among the Waller contingent are his perennial placegetter Star Of The Seas who ran a nice third to Zaaki in the Tramway second-up, the 2019 Epsom champion Kolding who also won that year’s The Golden Eagle and his ATC Oaks winner Hungry Heart.

Just five three-year-olds are among this season’s Epsom Handicap nominations including the winter’s Group 1 JJ Atkins third placegetter Tiger Of Malay who returned with a Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes win and the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Group 1 Champagne Stakes champion Captivant who was excellent fresh running third in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes.

The 2021 Epsom Handicap weights are set for release on Monday the 13th of September, 2021 with all-in betting at Ladbrokes.com.au available here.

2021 Epsom Handicap Nominations

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 11x3240x45 ACADEMY G 5 Mark Newnham 83
2 3×11 AEECEE EXPRESS (NZ) C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 69
3 74x36587x6 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) M 5 John O’Shea 97
4 1x1133x250 ALL TIME LEGEND G 5 Les Bridge 88
5 D110x320x4 ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 5 Billy Healey
6 21121114x AMARELINHA (NZ) M 4 Jamie Richards 104
7 80x12113x2 ANNAVISTO (NZ) M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
8 5148x479x2 ARAMAYO G 6 Chris Waller
9 721x591x78 ARCHEDEMUS G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
10 81162×4259 ASHIM (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith 70
11 14757×5147 ASHMAN G 6 Kim Waugh 79
12 9x31111x14 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 89
13 11x121x1 AYRTON (NZ) G 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
14 x91642325x BARGAIN (NZ) M 4 Mark Newnham
15 x11210x122 BEAU ROSSA G 4 Will Clarken
16 9221420×58 BEST OF DAYS (GB) G 8 James Cummings
17 417x903x84 BLUE SOLDIER (USA) G 5 Annabel Neasham 87
18 180x38478x BONVICINI M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 89
19 21x3618x1 BROOKSPIRE M 4 Chris Waller 78
20 2203x2340x BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 6 Michael Moroney 100
21 91x117x7x7 BULLFINCH (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 78
22 14x3531x3 CAPTIVANT C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 100
23 25x3413x54 CASCADIAN (GB) G 7 James Cummings
24 2120421×40 CEPHEUS (GB) H 5 Matthew Dunn 90
25 51622x32x0 CHARMS STAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 89
26 31x07x6739 COGNAC (IRE) G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 74
27 61x12454x6 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 112
28 1x621321x CONVERGE G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 100
29 407x0733x0 DALASAN H 5 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas
30 35113x236x DISCHARGED G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 92
31 12114x8x DRAGON LEAP G 5 Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 96
32 x12821121x DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings 100
33 0x30x177x2 EMBRACER G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 96
34 9x241265x8 ENTENTE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 96
35 61x111x EQUATION H 4 Annabel Neasham 80
36 2211x2130x EXOBOOM G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
37 2x720872x0 FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 7 Tom Dabernig
38 31319107×4 FORBIDDEN LOVE M 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 102
39 2184x3121x FOURHOMETWO (GB) G 4 Annabel Neasham 95
40 3314x3640x HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 7 Matthew Williams
41 112x1327x HARMONY ROSE M 4 Mark Newnham 95
42 27x78111x8 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 106
43 12x33542x3 ICEBATH (NZ) M 5 Brad Widdup 106
44 303x2007x7 IMAGING (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 107
45 1x1x4339x4 IMPECUNIOUS (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
46 50x845170x IN GOOD HEALTH M 6 John Ramsey
47 x09x1111x9 IRONCLAD (GB) G 6 Will Clarken
48 612730x80x JUST THINKIN’ G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 90
49 4654x300x4 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 106
50 x213x1116x KIKU M 4 Chris Waller 86
51 13124×13 KINGSHEIR (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 75
52 0x22501x59 KOLDING (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 116
53 17x6321x28 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 102
54 12x51434x9 LION’S ROAR (NZ) G 4 John O’Shea
55 11114x7x0 LOVE TAP G 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 76
56 2412 MILITARY EXPERT C 3 Annabel Neasham 70
57 113x6345x3 MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne
58 17x32107x1 MO’UNGA (NZ) H 4 Annabel Neasham 112
59 x1211111x0 NANCHO (GER) G 7 Anthony Cummings 107
60 60x10x403x NOT AN OPTION H 4 Michael Moroney
61 0x4322112x NUDGE M 5 Chris Waller 106
62 32824x558x NUMERIAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham
63 x0658x7110 PERFECT RADIANCE M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 74
64 2310x153x8 POLAND H 4 Michael Moroney
65 2x237x5x58 PRIME STAR G 4 Richard & Michael Freedman
66 1111x821x1 PRIVATE EYE G 4 Joseph Pride 100
67 117x1102x1 PROBABEEL (NZ) M 5 Jamie Richards
68 45312220×7 PROMPT PRODIGY (NZ) H 4 Edward Cummings 78
69 x53312133x QUANTUM MECHANIC M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 104
70 7047525×00 RAINBOW THIEF (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney
71 x131114x93 REGARDSMAREE G 5 Nick Ryan
72 6x942119x5 RELOADED G 5 Chris Waller
73 181x1960x6 RICH HIPS M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
74 x9230x8752 RIODINI (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
75 236x1313x RIPPER RITA M 4 Greg Eurell
76 730x348x84 ROCK G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 102
77 7x120138x5 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 106
78 5x32324x37 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 105
79 6014x300x5 SHOUT THE BAR M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 108
80 97×0604117 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
81 66556253×1 SIGNORA NERA (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 87
82 21x11420x9 SKY LAB G 4 Paul Perry 94
83 5021670×61 SOLDIER OF LOVE G 6 Bjorn Baker 90
84 5x41690x03 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 106
85 03x1214x61 THINK IT OVER G 6 Kerry Parker
86 1x527513x1 TIGER OF MALAY C 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 91
87 4330x8245x VANGELIC M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 94
88 1x2410x YALETOWN G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 86
89 47x6D111x1 ZAAKI (GB) G 7 Annabel Neasham
90 112x5x4242 ZIEGFELD (GB) G 5 James Cummings

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