2023 Epsom Handicap Field & Betting

September 26, 2023

2023 Epsom Handicap Field & Betting

Update: The Godolphin-raced Pericles has been sensationally scratched from Saturday’s Group 1 $1.5 million Epsom Handicap (1600m) field in Sydney with updated markets now led by the Kerry Parker-trained mare Hope In Your Heart.


The James Cummings-trained Pericles heads the Epsom Handicap 2023 betting markets following final acceptances for Saturday’s mile classic at Royal Randwick.


Pericles was the top pick to win the 2023 Epsom Handicap before being scratched. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival action is turned up this weekend for Epsom Day with a triple-shot of elite level racing.

The marquee race of the meeting is the Group 1 $1.5 million Epsom Handicap (1600m) that has drawn a capacity line-up of milers.

Sitting top of the final field Epsom Handicap odds online at $6 through Ladbrokes.com.au is the Godolphin-raced Pericles drawn out in barrier 14.

He will come into gate 13 at best if the two emergencies fail to gain a start with the airborne Nash Rawiller coming aboard for the coveted ride.

Street Boss four-year-old Pericles has won both is spring lead-ups including carting 57kg to victory last time out on September 2 in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) here.

He has been brought on fitness-wise with a winning Wyong trial on September 18 where Rawiller got a feel for the in-form galloper.

Pericles has a lovely Randwick strike-rate (4:1-2-0), winning form up to 1800m, and is tipped to hand Cummings a second win following his 2018 success with former top-liner Hartnell.

The danger occupying the second line of Epsom Handicap betting this spring out to be the first mare to win since Probabeel (2020) is the Kerry Parker-trained Hope In Your Heart ($7).

Craig Williams comes aboard the five-year-old daughter of Dundeel who was last seen running 1.6 lengths back third to Pericles in the Tramway.

She had 55kg on her back that day and is in on 54kg for Saturday’s feature where she chases her first win since the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) back in February.

Hope In Your Heart was good during the autumn at elite level however with back-to-back Group 1 fourths including a narrow defeat to Mr Brightside at 30/1 in the Doncaster Mile at this track and trip.

Mr Brightside has been the form horse of the spring going from strength-to-strength on way to the Ladbrokes Cox Plate, which bodes well for Hope In Your Heart here.

The mare was also second at Randwick in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) in the autumn and presents well second-up on the weekend.

Currently just one other runner is under $10 for the win with the Chris Waller-trained Kovalica ($9) out to atone for his first-up ninth to Golden Mile at Rosehill in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) with 58kg.

The four-year-old Ocean Park gelding is second-up here and undefeated two runs in (2:2-0-0).

He will relish the 4kg drop back to 54kg here.

The Group 1 Queensland Derby winner from the winter boasts a flawless three-from-three record over the 1600m Epsom distance and was third narrowly beaten against the older horses in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) before his Derby triumph.

He looks a huge hope in the Epsom now drawn a treat in barrier seven and has the ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira aboard in another big plus.

Brazilian star Moreira was enormous for the Waller camp in Sydney last weekend saluting in the Golden Rose Stakes on Militarize, and he will be looking to add to his already impressive Group 1 record down under on Saturday.

Waller has a strong Epsom Handicap record preparing four winners in the past decade with Boban (2013), He’s your Man (2014), Winx (2015) and Kolding (2019).

The master horseman has a total of eight Epsom Handicap final acceptors this year including the second emergency Political Debate with the outside alley.

His other best fancies according to the bookies are first-up Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap winner Rediener ($10) and Democracy Manifest ($13) also coming off a last start win in the Group 3 Cameron Handicap at Newcastle.

Other notable Epsom Handicap final acceptors include eight-year-old The Inevitable ($10) who was third in the autumn’s $5 million The All-Star Mile before a first-up Theo Marks second at Rosehill and Godolphin’s Astern entire Golden Mile ($15) who won the Theo Marks last time out.

Click here for the latest Epsom Handicap 2023 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2023 Epsom Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 16x6026x64 MY OBERON (IRE) Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 18 56kg 109
2 8x41292x11 PERICLES James Cummings Nash Rawiller 14 56kg 109
3 x1111113x2 THE INEVITABLE John Keys David Pires 8 55.5kg 108
4 3x121x0x96 GOING GLOBAL (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 12 55kg 55.5kg 110
5 00x73027x4 CONVERGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 55kg 107
6 1x2400x901 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings Blake Shinn 21 55kg 107
7 1x69x04x76 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) John O’Shea Tom Sherry 11 54.5kg 105
8 142x1442x3 HOPE IN YOUR HEART Kerry Parker Craig Williams 10 54kg 109
9 1x93186x09 DIAMIL (IRE) John O’Shea Jason Collett 5 54kg 105
10 111x3131x9 KOVALICA (NZ) Chris Waller Joao Moreira 7 54kg 105
11 21113553×4 NUGGET (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damien Oliver 19 54kg 105
12 2111263×64 POUNDING Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Ms Jamie Kah 13 54kg 105
13 2x37160x00 COMMUNIST Michael Freedman Dylan Gibbons (a) 6 53.5kg 104
14 52x131x8x0 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Regan Bayliss 15 53.5kg 104
15 261x407x28 MADAME POMMERY Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 16 51.5kg 52kg 104
16 13x1761x01 DEMOCRACY MANIFEST Chris Waller Tyler Schiller 1 51.5kg 1.5kg 100
17 8x641211x1 REDIENER Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 2 50kg 100
18 0x31023417 BARBIE’S FOX Ben, Will & JD Hayes Dean Yendall 4 50kg 98
19 191x520x33 WATERFORD (IRE) Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a) 20 50kg 97
20 114x11x158 OLENTIA Chris Waller Jay Ford 17 50kg 50.5kg 95
21e x745303x42 WILLIAMSBURG Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Andrew Adkins 3 50kg 94
22e 312x80x529 POLITICAL DEBATE Chris Waller Ms Rachel King 22 50kg 87

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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