Epsom Handicap

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Epsom Handicap
Group 1 race
Amounis,1926 & 1928 winner
Location Randwick Racecourse (2014)
Inaugurated 1865
Race type Thoroughbred - flat
Sponsor The Star (2014)
Race information
Distance 1,600 metres
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification three year olds and older
Weight handicap
Purse A$500,000 (2014)

The Epsom Handicap is an Australian Turf Club Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race from three year ols and older, under handicap conditions over a distance of 1,600 metres at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, Australia in early October.[1] Prize money is A$500,000.

Race History[edit]

In 1897 Jim McHugh weighing 4 stone 4 pounds (27 kg) and aged 11 years and 4 months was having his second race ride ever, on Robin Hood in the Epsom Handicap and won the race.[2]

Jockey, Donald Nicolson won the race in succession five times from 1880 to 1884 and came fifth in 1885. He was killed a few weeks later when his mount fell in the 1885 Caulfield Cup.[3]

It is one of the major races of the ATC Spring Carnival. Many great milers have won the race, including Chatham, Gunsynd, and Super Impose, who was also a dual winner of the autumn equivalent, the Doncaster Handicap.

Race name[edit]

The race was named after the famous Epsom Downs Racecourse in the South of England where the classic three year old Epsom Derby has been contested since 1780.[1]

Race grade[edit]

  • 1865–1978 - Principle Race
  • 1979 onwards - Group 1

Race distance[edit]

  • 1865–1878 - 1 mile (~1600 metres)
  • 1879–1884 - 118 miles (~1800 metres)
  • 1885–1971 - 1 mile (~1600 metres)
  • 1972–2000 - 1600 metres
  • 2001 - 1400 metres (run at Randwick's inner course known as the Kensington)
  • 2002 onwards - 1600 metres

Race venue[edit]

1954 Racebook[edit]

The winners[edit]

  • 2014 - He's Your Man [4]
  • 2013 - Boban [5]
  • 2012 - Fat Al [6]
  • 2011 - Secret Admirer [7]
  • 2010 - Captain Sonador [8]
  • 2009 - Rock Kingdom [9]
  • 2008 - Theseo [10]
  • 2007 - ‡race not held
  • 2006 - Racing To Win [11]
  • 2005 - Desert War [12]
  • 2004 - Desert War [13]
  • 2003 - Clangalang [14]
  • 2002 - Excellerator
  • 2001 - Final Fantasy
  • 2000 - Shogun Lodge
  • 1999 - Allez Suez
  • 1998 - Dodge
  • 1997 - Iron Horse
  • 1996 - Filante
  • 1995 - Nick's Joy
  • 1994 - Navy Seal
  • 1993 - Golden Sword
  • 1992 - Kinjite
  • 1991 - Super Impose
  • 1990 - Super Impose
  • 1989 - From The Planet
  • 1988 - Regal Native
  • 1987 - Sound Horizon
  • 1986 - Chanteclair
  • 1985 - Magnitude
  • 1984 - Riverdale
  • 1983 - Cool River
  • 1982 - Dalmacia
  • 1981 - Gold Circle
  • 1980 - Bold Diplomat
  • 1979 - Imposing
  • 1978 - Leonotis
  • 1977 - Raffindale
  • 1976 - La Neige
  • 1975 - Authentic Heir
  • 1974 - Citadel
  • 1973 - Lord Nelson
  • 1972 - Triton
  • 1971 - Gunsynd
  • 1970 - Ricochet
  • 1969 - Broker's Tip
  • 1968 - Speed Of Sound
  • 1967 - Cabochon
  • 1966 - Chantal
  • 1965 - Even Better
  • 1964 - Toi Port
  • 1963 - Toi Port
  • 1962 - Rochdale
  • 1961 - Sky High
  • 1960 - Ma Cherie
  • 1959 - Noholme
  • 1958 - Turkestan
  • 1957 - Timor
  • 1956 - Knave
  • 1955 - Hans
  • 1954 - Connaught
  • 1953 - Silver Phantom
  • 1952 - High Law
  • 1951 - Davey Jones
  • 1950 - Achilles
  • 1949 - Denali
  • 1948 - De La Salle
  • 1947 - Titanic
  • 1946 - Blue Legend
  • 1945 - Shannon
  • 1944 - Modulation
  • 1943 - Kiaree
  • 1942 - Freckles
  • 1941 - Rimveil
  • 1940 - High Caste
  • 1939 - Geebung
  • 1938 - King's Head
  • 1937 - Gold Rod
  • 1936 - Capris
  • 1935 - Synagogue
  • 1934 - Silver Ring
  • 1933 - Chatham
  • 1932 - Chatham
  • 1931 - Autopay
  • 1930 - Cathmar
  • 1929 - Nightmarch
  • 1928 - Amounis
  • 1927 - Vaals
  • 1926 - Amounis
  • 1925 - †Boaster / Metellus
  • 1924 - Blackadder
  • 1923 - Claro
  • 1922 - Rostrum
  • 1921 - Beauford
  • 1920 - Greenstead
  • 1919 - Wolaroi
  • 1918 - Rebus
  • 1917 - Satin Bird
  • 1916 - Panacre
  • 1915 - Woorak
  • 1914 - Portrush
  • 1913 - Aleconner
  • 1912 - Hartfell
  • 1911 - Volsloane
  • 1910 - Silver Hampton
  • 1909 - Hyman
  • 1908 - Melodrama
  • 1907 - Melodrama
  • 1906 - Maximize
  • 1905 - Sleeper
  • 1904 - Contest
  • 1903 - Famous
  • 1902 - Air Motor
  • 1901 - Sequence
  • 1900 - Ampier
  • 1899 - Djin Djin
  • 1898 - Alemene
  • 1897 - Robin Hood
  • 1896 - Steward
  • 1895 - Hopscotch
  • 1894 - Uabba
  • 1893 - Brockleigh
  • 1892 - Daredevil
  • 1891 - Marvel
  • 1890 - Bungebah
  • 1889 - Novice
  • 1888 - Stockwell
  • 1887 - Phaon
  • 1886 - Zeno
  • 1885 - Folly
  • 1884 - Espiegle
  • 1883 - Masquerade
  • 1882 - Masquerade
  • 1881 - Waxy
  • 1880 - Master Avenel
  • 1879 - Sweetmeat
  • 1878 - Viscount
  • 1877 - Eva
  • 1876 - Malta
  • 1875 - Evangeline
  • 1874 - Westminster
  • 1873 - †Atalanta / Kingfisher
  • 1872 - The Count
  • 1871 - Captain Cook
  • 1870 - Deceptive
  • 1869 - Circassian
  • 1868 - Phoebe
  • 1867 - Birmingham
  • 1866 - Rapidan
  • 1865 - Dundee

† Deadheat
‡ Not held because of outbreak of equine influenza[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Winners and Past Results for Epsom Handicap". Progroup Racing (Australia). 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Young, Craig (3 October 1997). "Family steeped in fine tradition". racingandsports.com.au. Racing Saddles. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Facts about the Epsom". racingandsports.com.au. 2004. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "2014 Result". breednet.com. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  5. ^ 2013 result
  6. ^ 2012 result
  7. ^ 2011 result
  8. ^ 2010 result
  9. ^ 2009 result
  10. ^ 2008 result
  11. ^ 2006 result
  12. ^ 2005 result
  13. ^ 2004 result
  14. ^ 2003 result
  15. ^ "Carnival may be delayed". The Age, Melbourne. 25 August 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2014.