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2021 Epsom Handicap Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The $1.5 million dollar Epsom Handicap is one of the most famous Sydney Spring Carnival features
  • This Group One is run over 1600 metres at Royal Randwick
  • The full field and selections can be found below
Epsom Handicap Tips
A competitve field has been assembled for the 2021 Epsom Handicap. (Getty)
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Alex Marsh 28 Sep 2021
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The Epsom Handicap is one of the most famous Group One's run over the Sydney Spring Carnival, where many of Australia's best milers do battle over the Randwick mile.

With an outstanding honor roll which includes recent champions in Hartnell, Happy Clapper and Winx, this race also provides the winner with a ballot-free entry into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes the following autumn.

We detail the leading early chances ahead of the $1.5 million dollar feature on October 2.

Epsom Handicap 2021 Final Field & Odds

No.
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Barrier
Odds
1Mo'unga (NZ)Annabel NeashamTommy Berry57kg13$7
2Cascadian (GB)James CummingsHugh Bowman56.5kg12$16
3DalasanLeon Macdonald & Andrew GluyasJames McDonald55kg8$17
4Star Of The Seas (NZ)Chris WallerSam Clipperton54kg1$31
5Lion's Roar (NZ)John O'SheaJean Van Overmeire52.5kg3$61
6Hungry HeartChris WallerKerrin McEvoy52kg10$7.50
7Icebath (NZ)Brad WiddupRobbie Dolan52kg14$9
8RockMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan (a)52kg9$41
9Riodini (NZ)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian BottRachel King51.5kg15$4.40
10AramayoChris WallerAlysha Collett51.5kg5$11
11ReloadedChris WallerGlen Boss51kg6$51
12Private EyeJoseph PrideRegan Bayliss51kg7$9
13Atishu (NZ)Chris WallerKathy O'Hara50.5kg11$16
14DischargedGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James Innes Jnr50.5kg2$34
15AshmanKim WaughJeff Penza50.5kg17$71
16Harmony RoseMark NewnhamAndrew Adkins50.5kg16$23
17Sky LabPaul PerryTim Clark50.5kg4$23
                                                                                                                            
Odds courtesy of TAB & correct at 12.30am on 29/09/2021.

Epsom Handicap 2021 Tips

Epsom Handicap 2021 Best Bet - Aramayo

He's been on somewhat of a strange journey has this gelding, an ex-Godolphin galloper who looked a Derby/progressive staying type before being sold to Singapore. 

Now back in Australia, Aramayo backed up a nice return behind Zaaki to produce easily the run of the Bill Ritchie Handicap, spotting weight to the winner and stable mate Atishu, who he has a 3.5kg swing on.

Sustaining a wide run behind a quinella who had every favour, he looks ready to peak now at the mile third-up and while Chris Waller has five chances in the Epsom Handicap, this looks the pick of them.

Epsom Handicap 2021 Next Best Bet - Icebath

This daughter of Sacred Falls has remained very competitive this spring, although is clearly lengths better on a wet track, conditions she may get on Saturday, albeit the forecast is inconclusive.

Her fresh run was good when spotting weight to Private Eye, backing that performance up with solid runs in the Theo Marks and Gold Pendant, but she just hasn't had the perfect set-up to win.

At $9 currently, Icebath is the early insurance play if nothing else, as she's clearly going well enough and if the rain does come, I think she could well start favourite if Randwick gets into a testing Soft 6/7 (or worse) range.

Epsom Handicap 2021 Value Bet - Sky Lab

He arguably should've beaten Mo'unga in the Rosehill Guineas and carries 6.5 kg less than that top weight from that autumn clash, so there's a definite case for this four-year-old with just 50.5kg here.

Paul Perry is a savvy trainer and second-up with Sky Lab, it was a clear set play in the Cameron Handicap with plenty of bets launched early at good prices, but they had to settle for a very unlucky second.

Three-wide, without cover throughout and chasing a hot speed against the pattern, it was an enormous effort to go so close on September 17 and with any spike off that, he's a definite chance at big odds.



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Epsom Handicap FAQs

When is the 2021 Epsom Handicap?

The 2021 Epsom Handicap is scheduled to run on Saturday, October 2.

Where is the Epsom Handicap held?

The Epsom Handicap is held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

What distance is the Epsom Handicap?

The Epsom Handicap is run over a distance of 1600 metres.

Who won the 2020 Epsom Handicap?

Probabeel won the 2020 Epsom Handicap.

How can I live stream the 2021 Epsom Handicap?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream The Epsom Handicap and all other Australian horse races.

What's the Epsom Handicap worth?

The Epsom Handicap is worth $1.5 million dollars.

$870,000 of that goes to the winner.

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Verdict

Aramayo is projecting towards a peak performance in the 2021 Epsom Handicap.

Happy to save on Icebath, while Sky Lab is a winning chance at longer odds.

Best Bet: Aramayo To Win $11.00 at TAB - 3 Units
Next Best Bet: Icebath To Win $9.00 at TAB - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Sky Lab To Win $23.00 at TAB - 1 Unit

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