Epsom Handicap

The Epsom Handicap is a $1 million Group 1 race run at Royal Randwick over the mile during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

2020 Epsom Handicap Results

  • 1st: #11 Probabeel
  • 2nd: #12 Funstar
  • 3rd: #17 Riodini



The Group 1 Epsom Handicap is the premier handicap event of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival held in last September or early October annually. Run at Royal Randwick Racecourse, the 1600m open handicap race is one of the two biggest mile races at the course. The other is the Doncaster Handicap held in April during ‘The Championships’.

Held on the same day as the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) and the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) for three-year-old fillies, the Epsom Handicap offers $1,000,000 in prize money. It has been dominated by local Sydney milers in recent years including the Chris Waller-trained Boban (2013), He’s Your Man (2014), subsequent Cox Plate winning mare Winx (2015) and Happy Clapper (2017).

In 2019 Kolding won the Epsom Handicap before backing up to salute in the inaugural $7.5 million Golden Eagle for four-year-olds.

This season the Epsom Handicap 2020 took place on Saturday October 3, 2020 and was won by Kiwi mare Probabeel.

Epsom Handicap
Date: Saturday October 3, 2020
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $1,000,000

2020 Epsom Handicap  Results

  • 1st: #11 Probabeel
  • 2nd: #12 Funstar
  • 3rd: #17 Riodini

Probabeel ($6.50) enjoyed her second Group 1 win at Randwick defeating regular sparing partner, the Chris Waller-trained Funstar ($10), home as the mares ran one-two in the 2020 Epsom Handicap results.

Click here to read more on the eye-catching Epsom Handicap 2020 win by Probabeel.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 11 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 15 52.5kg $6.50
2 12 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Glen Boss 1L 16 52.5kg $10
3 17 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 1.2L 11 50kg $16
4 7 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 1.3L 2 54kg $21
5 16 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Jarrod Austin Ms Jess Taylor 1.6L 7 50kg $61
6 14 COLETTE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 2L 9 52kg $26
7 13 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2.3L 12 52.5kg 1.5kg $6
8 6 BRANDENBURG (NZ) John Sargent Jason Collett 2.4L 3 54kg $21
9 9 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tim Clark 2.6L 6 53kg $17
10 2 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 3.1L 4 56kg $26
11 3 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 3.2L 1 55.5kg $5F
12 4 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 3.4L 17 55.5kg $15
13 19 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan (a) 4.2L 5 50kg $101
14 20 VANNA GIRL Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Dolan 5.8L 14 50kg $12
15 8 THE CANDY MAN Peter & Paul Snowden Regan Bayliss 6.6L 8 53.5kg $31
16 10 NICCANOVA Craig Carmody Blaike McDougall 7.4L 10 53kg $41
17 5 NETTOYER Wendy Roche James Innes Jnr 8.4L 13 54kg $61
21e JUST THINKIN’ Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 0
1 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0
15 RELOADED Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 0
18 SAVACOOL (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Alysha Collett 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 
The official Epsom Handicap 2020 Results and Finishing Order will be detailed below when the million-dollar Sydney event runs on Saturday October 3, 2020.

2020 Epsom Handicap Betting

The updated Epsom Handicap 2020 betting markets will be provided for punters below across the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival as lead-up races are run and won. Proven milers at the Randwick track dominate the Epsom Handicap odds each year, as do the in-form Chris Waller-trained hopefuls.

Check out the latest 2020 Epsom Handicap odds via the link below to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Epsom Handicap Field

Each year the Epsom Handicap field is announced on the Tuesday of race week and features the season’s top-class milers coming off lead-up runs in races including the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) held at Rosehill the week before and the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m).

Horses out of the Epsom Handicap field often go onto run in other Group 1 races heading south for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The 2018 Epsom winner Hartnell ran second next-up in Caulfield’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m). He finished top three in a further three Group 1 races the following autumn and was second in the inaugural $5 million All-Star Mile at Flemington behind Mystic Journey.

The official Epsom Handicap 2020 Final Field & Barriers will be published in full below once announced by Racing NSW.

The 2020 Epsom Handicap field features a capacity line-up of milers including eight for the master trainer Chris Waller led in betting by his perennial Group 1 runner-up Star Of The Seas and the defending champion Kolding drawn wide.

Click here to read more on the key fancies in the 2020 Epsom Handicap field and betting markets.

Update: #1 Kolding (20) has been scratched from the Epsom field in favour of a run in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at the same meeting, while Waller later withdrew stablemate #15 Reloaded (7). The field will run two under capacity at this stage with the only emergency – #21e Just Thinkin’ – also an early scratching.

Update: #18 Savacool (16) is the latest Epsom scratching from the Waller stable with the team confirming the mare is in foal.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2020 EPSOM HANDICAP DAY SCRATCHINGS & TRACK REPORT

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

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Epsom Handicap Nominations

The 2020 Epsom Handicap nominations are taken on a Monday in early September about four weeks out from the race.

Epsom Handicap History

The Epsom Handicap was first won by Dundee in 1863 and has quite a few dual winners including Toi Port in 1963-64, Super Impose in 1990-91 and Desert War in 2004-05. Due to the Equine Flu, the race was not held in 2007. If you think the history on this race can help you in getting an edge in the market you can join any of the featured bookmakers on our partner site Freebets.com.au

In 2015 Winx won the Epsom Handicap, the third straight champion for trainer Chris Waller, and went on to make history taking out Melbourne’s Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at weight-for-age next start. Winx made Cox Plate history with a record four wins in the classic from 2015-18.

The current Epsom Handicap race record of 1:32.73 seconds was set by Hartnell in 2018.

Epsom Handicap Winners

Recent winners of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap are detailed below along with the placegetters and winning times.

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Epsom Handicap
1st Probabeel 1 minute 32.86 seconds
2nd Funstar
3rd Riodini
2019
Epsom Handicap
1st Kolding 1 minute 34.80 seconds
2nd Te Akau Shark
3rd Star Of The Seas
2018
Epsom Handicap
1st Hartnell 1 minute 32.73 seconds
2nd D’Argento
3rd Unforgotten
2017
Epsom Handicap
1st Happy Clapper 1 minute 33.17 seconds
2nd Tom Melbourne
3rd Snitzon
2016
Epsom Handicap
1st Hauraki 1 minute 33.8 seconds
2nd Dibayani
3rd Mackintosh
2015
Epsom Handicap
1st Winx 1 minute 34.58 seconds
2nd Ecuador
3rd Sons Of John
2014
Epsom Handicap
1st He’s Your Man 1 minute 33.34 seconds
2nd Royal Descent
3rd Hooked
2013
Epsom Handicap
1st Boban 1 minute 34.43 seconds
2nd Streama
3rd Toydini
2012
Epsom Handicap
1st Fat Al 1 minute 34.56 seconds
2nd Ambidexter
3rd Rolling Pin
2011
Epsom Handicap
1st Secret Admirer 1 minute 35.59 seconds
2nd Pinker Pinker
3rd Red Tracer
2010
Epsom Handicap
1st Captain Sonador 1 minute 34.1 seconds
2nd Trusting
3rd Sacred Choice
2009
Epsom Handicap
1st Rock Kingdom 1 minute 38.65 seconds
2nd Rangirangdoo
3rd Road To Rock
2008
Epsom Handicap
1st Theseo 1 minute 36.28 seconds
2nd Bank Robber
3rd Gallant Tess
2007
Epsom Handicap
Race Not Held
2006
Epsom Handicap
1st Racing To Win 1 minute 35.06 seconds
2nd Desert War
3rd Malcolm
2005
Epsom Handicap
1st Desert War 1 minute 34.51 seconds
2nd Johan’s Toy
3rd Lotteria
2004
Epsom Handicap
1st Desert War 1 minute 37.23 seconds
2nd Our Egyptian Raine
3rd Tsuimai
2003
Epsom Handicap
1st Clangalang 1 minute 35.22 seconds
2nd Grand Armee
3rd Forum Floozie
2002
Epsom Handicap
1st Excellerator 1 minute 35.46 seconds
2nd Kingsgate
3rd Gordo
2001
Epsom Handicap
1st Final Fantasy 1 minute 22.45 seconds
2nd Kingsgate
3rd Crawl
2000
Epsom Handicap
1st Shogun Lodge 1 minute 33.5 seconds
2nd Landsighting
3rd Chinhoyi

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