The Epsom Handicap is a Group 1 handicap race that takes place each October at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Epsom Handicap was won by Happy Clapper from Tom Melbourne with Snitzson third.
One of the toughest handicap events on the Australian racing calendar each year, the Epsom Handicap is the premier mile race during the Sydney spring racing carnival. Epsom Day features three other quality Group 1 races alongside the feature race of the day. These are the Spring Champion Stakes for three-year-olds, The Metropolitan for stayers, and the Flight Stakes for 3yo fillies.
|Date:||Saturday 29th September 2018|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2017 Winner:||Happy Clapper|
The Epsom Handicap is the major race of the Randwick spring carnival and is one of two tough Group 1 mile races held at Randwick each year, with the other being the Doncaster Handicap in April.
Rich in history, the Epsom Handicap always attracts many of Australia's best milers. It's been won by some talented gallopers over the years, including Theseo (2008), Racing To Win (2006), Shogun Lodge (2000), Dodge (1998), Filante (1996), and the grand miler Super Impose, who was a memorable dual winner of this race in 1990-91.
Outstanding mare Winx (2015) scored a scintillating victory in this race before heading to Melbourne at her next start to win Australia's greatest weight-for-age race, the Gr1 WS Cox Plate, in outstanding fashion.
In recent years Boban (2013) and Spurtonic (4th in 2013) also headed to the Melbourne spring racing carnival to win the Gr3 Moonga Stakes and Gr2 David Jones Cup respectively at Caulfield. Boban also managed to win the Gr1 Emirates Stakes on the final day of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Happy Clapper (2017) ran second to champion mare Winx in the Gr1 George Main Stakes over 1600m at Randwick before provinf too strong for his rivals in this event. Recent Epsom Handicap winners include Hauraki (2016) and Winx (2015).
1. $2.40 Happy Clapper 57.0 Blake Shinn
2. $8.00 Tom Melbourne 52.0 Glen Boss
3. $26.00 Snitzson 50.5 Cory Parish
4. $8.00 Foxplay 54.5 Hugh Bowman
5. $12.00 Sound Proposition 54.0 Corey Brown
6. $5.00 Comin' Through 51.0 Joao Moreira
7. $26.00 Mccreery 53.0 Tommy Berry
8. $18.00 Red Excitement 53.5 Brenton Avdulla
9. $31.00 Savile Row 51.0 Jay Ford
10. $31.00 Zanbagh 53.0 Damian Lane
Margins: 0.5 len, 2.5 len
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|2017||Happy Clapper||Tom Melbourne||Snitzson||1:33.1|
|2015||Winx||Ecuador||Sons Of John||1:34.5|
|2014||He's Your Man||Royal Descent||Hooked||1:33.3|
|2012||Fat Al||Ambidexter||Rolling Pin||1:34.5|
|2011||Secret Admirer||Pinker Pinker||Red Tracer||1:35.5|
|2010||Captain Sonador||Trusting||Sacred Choice||1:34.1|
|2009||Rock Kingdom||Rangirangdoo||Road To Rock||1:38.6|
|2008||Theseo||Bank Robber||Gallant Tess||1:36.2|
|2007||Race Not Run|
|2006||Racing To Win||Desert War||Malcolm||1:35.1|
|2005||Desert War||Johan's Toy||Lotteria||1:34.5|
|2004||Desert War||Our Egyptian Raine||Tsuimai||1:37.2|
|2003||Clangalang||Grand Armee||Forum Floozie||1:35.2|
|1998||Dodge||Super Slew||Iron Horse||1:34.0|
|1997||Iron Horse||Tarnpir Lane||Blazing Steel||1:33.5|
|1996||Filante||All Our Mob||Iron Horse||1:33.3|
|1992||Kinjite||Prince Of Praise||Palatin||1:34.1|
|1991||Super Impose||Livistona Lane||Bold Rancher||1:34.7|
|1990||Super Impose||Our Poverty Bay||Ricochet Rosie||1:36.1|
|1989||From The Planet||Don't Play||Vitalic||1:34.5|
|1988||Regal Native||Imposera||Never Quit||1:34.8|
|1987||Sound Horizon||Groucho||Tierra Rist||1:35.2|
|1985||Magnitude||Colour Page||Double Dandy||1:35.3|
|1983||Cool River||Leica Planet||Ringtrue||1:35.7|
|1982||Dalmacia||Rare Form||Ksar Royal||1:36.0|
|1980||Bold Diplomat||Ariva Landing||Prince Pherozshah||1:34.4|
|1979||Imposing||Steel Blade||Never Despair||1:35.0|
|1976||La Neige||Tiger Town||Somerset Pride||1:37.1|
|1975||Authentic Heir||Cap D'Antibes||Skyjack||1:36.0|
|1971||Gunsynd||Genty's Pride||Welsh Prince||1:35.8|
|1970||Ricochet||Golden Sound||Swift And Sure||1:36.1|