The Epsom Handicap is a time-honoured Group 1 at Randwick and it all happens this Saturday.
A massive field of 20 runners have been accepted to run in the feature this Saturday and it’s a cracking betting field.
The favourite is currently listed at $5 and that has created great value for punters and we have our best Epsom Handicap bets available.
2019 Epsom Handicap final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Epsom Handicap 2019
Te Akau Shark @ $6.50 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet:
Rock @ $7 Bet Now
Kaonic @ $41 Bet Now
Epsom Handicap Form Guide & Tips
Dreamforce ($7) Bet Now
There was strong early money for Dreamforce but drawing barrier 20 has made it much harder.
He likes to ride the speed and he will need to do a lot of work from out wide. If he jumps and crosses, he’s a good winning hope.
Best of Days ($18) Bet Now
Best of Days hasn’t quite come back in the same order he was when he arrived in Australia.
The Cummings-trained runner finished eighth last time out and he would need to show quick improvement to win at this level.
Odds are appealing but he’s out of form.
Fifty Stars ($26) Bet Now
Since arriving in the Lindsay Park stables, Fifty Stars hasn’t shown the same form as when he was with Darren Weir.
The four-year-old is an eight-time winner so he has some class, but he’s perhaps better-suited to the Melbourne way of going.
Te Akau Shark (Best Bet – $6.50) Bet Now
The Kiwi speedster finished second behind Dreamforce last time out and he ran good sectionals from the back of the field.
He’s a five-time winner from eight starts and his form in New Zealand should see him being competitive against this field.
Lovely odds on offer and he only needs a fraction of luck.
Gem Song ($11) Bet Now
Punters got burned with Gem Song last start but they are getting a much better price this time around.
The Kris Lees-trained runner has the ability to win an Epsom Handicap and carrying 52kg is a big help.
Yet to win at Randwick and that’s about the only negative for this runner.
Unforgotten ($23) Bet Now
Unforgotten is horribly out of form and she hasn’t shown good form for some time now.
Continues to run under the odds and we’d want at least $41 to entertain the idea of her winning this.
Mr Marathon Man ($61) Bet Now
Finished five lengths behind the winner at Randwick last start and that’s not exactly the best form coming into this.
Will appreciate dropping from 59kg to 51kg, but that’s the only positive. Looks held at this level and should run accordingly.
Mantastic ($51) Bet Now
Unable to find its best form in two runs back from a spell. Both runs resulted in an eighth-place finish.
That shouldn’t be form good enough to win at Group 1 level but he has been specked in from $61 to $41 (back out to $51).
Kolding ($5) Bet Now
Kolding is a professional winner which deserves to be favourite for the Epsom Handicap. The Waller-trained runner has scored six wins from 13 starts, including a good win last start.
That came in the Tramway Stakes, which is usually a good form guide for the Epsom.
Drawing barrier 13 shouldn’t be a worry and we’re expecting him to be fighting out the finish.
Rock (Best Each Way – $7) Bet Now
Rock’s win at Newcastle in the Cameron Handicap was terrific and he might have matured into a Group 1-winning gelding.
He has finished in the first two in seven of his eight career starts and he came from last to win by a length last time out.
It was a great run and carrying only 50.5kg will help.
Archedemus ($61) Bet Now
His last three runs have been very average and he might be better-suited to a race in the autumn, such as the Provincial Championships.
Gets right down in the weights but shouldn’t be contesting this race.
Le Juge ($101) Bet Now
Bookmakers have the odds right on the money here as Le Juge looks horribly out of form and he shouldn’t be contesting this.
Best form has come in Queensland and punters should wait for the Queensland winter with him.
El Dorado Dreaming
It would be foolish to rule out El Dorado Dreaming because she’s a one-race winner. The Lees-trained mare has run against some quality fields during her career and she deserves respect.
Punters are getting good odds for this and the inside draw is ideal.
Star of the Seas ($19) Bet Now
Star of the Seas would be a much better chance if the track was wet. He has won all three starts on a heavy track but he could get conditions to suit.
Currently rated in the soft range so consider on an each-way basis.
Cascadian ($9.50) Bet Now
Strong money is coming for Cascadian and he almost went in as the best roughie.
Trained by James Cummings, the French import flashed home at both Australian starts and he’s a dangerous type with only 50kg on his back.
Drawn well and a good ride could get him home.
Nettoyer ($34) Bet Now
Nettoyer ran third in the Cameron Handicap behind Rock but she had no luck in running.
She was trapped behind a wall of runners and despite that, she still hit the line with real power for third.
Unsure if she’s up to this class, but we wouldn’t rule her out completely.
Kaonic (Best Roughie – $41) Bet Now
Value is with Kaonic, which hit the line nicely in the Cameron Handicap and we’re liking the $34 on offer.
The Waller-trained five-year-old has five wins from 18 starts and although he hasn’t won for awhile, that could all change here.
Goes into the mix at the generous odds.
The Candy Man ($91) – BET NOW
Queenslander which showed nothing at Newcastle last start and it’s tough to make a case for him winning.
First half of the field would be a good result.
Desert Lord ($26) Bet Now
Owns some good pace and he has been hammered in the betting. He opened at $51 and that price has firmed into $26.
Worth following for the first four options.
Junipal ($21) Bet Now
Cruised home to win at Randwick last start and it had plenty left in the tank. Unlucky prior to that and carrying 50kg is ideal.
Good chance but needs luck from the draw.