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The 2019 Epsom Handicap
Date: September 2019
Conditions: Group 1 Handicap 3yo & up
2018 Winner: Hartnell
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The Race: First run in 1865 over a mile (8 furlongs, approx. 1600 metres) and won by Dundee. Gunsynd ‘The Goondiwindi Grey’ won the 1971 Epsom along with a handful of other group races and in the following year won the Cox Plate. Placed on the calendar a month before Melbourne Cup week at Flemington, runners in this will go on to race in many of the Melbourne features and can be a particularly good form indicator for the Cantala Stakes.
Notable Winners: Noholme (1959 also Cox Plate), Sky High (1961 Caulfield Stakes, McKinnon Stakes), Gunsynd (1971 George Adams, Toorak, 1972 Cox Plate), Imposing (1979 Stradbroke, George Main) who was the sire of Super Impose (1990 & 1991, Cox Plate 1992), Winx (2015).
Time: Track record Randwick 1600m 1:33.13 (Ike's Dream)
Supporting Races: Metropolitan Handicap, Flight Stakes.
The Track: The 1600m start is located in a chute off the back straight. Long run before the first turn, inside barriers have a slight advantage. They can race very wide in the home straight in search of the best going, but this can often leave an opening on the inside rail that can be taken advantage of with a smart ride.
Lead Up Form: George Main Stakes, Shannon Quality, Tramway, Theo Marks.
Weights & Statistics: run under handicap conditions this is historically a race where the winner often comes out of the bottom half of the field with only a few top weights to win - they include Desert War (2005) 56.5kgs, Filante (1996) 57kgs and Super Impose (1990/91) who carried 61kgs for his second consecutive win. In 2015 Winx set a weight carrying record for a mare winning with 57kg and Happy Clapper carried the top weight to win in 2017.
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