A maximum field will take place in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick this Saturday and what an incredible field to take part.
One of the more even betting fields in Epsom Handicap history, the field features the likes of Hartnell, Pierata, D’argento and Unforgotten. There’s always the potential for an upset, however, so we have done the form to find our best bet, best each way and best roughie for the big race.
2018 Epsom Handicap final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the Epsom Handicap 2018
Unforgotten @ $4.40 – BET NOW
Best Each Way:
Pierata @ $5 – BET NOW
Siege Of Quebec @ $13 – BET NOW
2018 Epsom Handicap Form Guide & Tips
Hartnell ($17) – BET NOW
Punters would have loved to get $17 for Hartnell last season and his form this time in hasn’t been that bad. He finished second in the Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield before running fourth at Moonee Valley last start.
He is a two-time winner on this track and considering his stakes earnings of $4.8 million, he warrants serious attention.
Pierata (Best Each Way – $5) – BET NOW
Greg Hickman lines up the talented four-year-old which finished a nose behind Siege Of Quebec last start in the Missile Stakes.
That run was a good hit-out for this and he didn’t get all the luck in running. He strips fitter for this and the quality son of Pierro looks a great bet at each way odds.
D’argento ($4.20) – BET NOW
Lovely type which ran third behind Winx two starts back and finished only three lengths from the champion mare, but we were left a little complexed by his most recent effort.
The four-year-old finished two lengths behind Home of the Brave in the Theo Marks and that form didn’t stack up in Melbourne.
There’s no denying his class but we have some concerns, especially at the price.
Shillelagh ($23) – BET NOW
Yet to win this campaign after seven starts but she has always been around the mark in tough races and carrying 53kg is going to help her turn-of-foot.
$23 is a fair price and should attract some attention.
Duca Valentinois ($61) – BET NOW
Much improved run for fourth last start behind Siege of Quebec and he has attracted punters who have backed him in from $91 to $51, but he’s not for us.
Single Gaze ($67) – BET NOW
Classy mare which ran extremely well in the Melbourne Cup. Has since been transferred to Chris Waller and she will improve with time this campaign.
They’ll be too sharp for her over this distance.
Unforgotten (Best Bet – $4.40) – BET NOW
Big effort to win the Chelmsford Stakes last start after picking a path through the middle of the field in the straight.
The Waller-trained four-year-old is a six-time winner from 11 starts which has been primed with a trial at Rosehill and carrying 52.5kg is going to make her extremely tough to hold out.
She will settle back and work her way into the race nicely around the home turn.
Mister Sea Wolf ($27) – BET NOW
Scored back-to-back wins coming into this, most notably in the Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury last time out, but that form won’t be strong enough for this.
Look for him in something easier.
Arbeitsam ($27) – BET NOW
Likes to roll forward and that could pose a danger to some of these, but he hasn’t been seeing out the distances and he should struggle here.
Owns only one placing from four starts at Randwick.
Religify ($91) – BET NOW
Was nothing more than a pacemaker for Winx last start and he’s not running his best races at the moment.
Not a Group 1 horse and he should be aimed at something much easier.
Lanciato ($17) – BET NOW
Has been held in high regard by connections this season and he has yet to offer anything on race day. He has been well-backed to win this again at each way odds but we would need to see an improved run before tipping.
Tom Melbourne ($26) – BET NOW
Finished sixth in a tough race last year where they just went too quickly for Tom. He loves running second and punters are getting great odds for him to do so.
We wouldn’t overlook the $6.50 to place but he needs to regain his winning habit.
Champagne Cuddles ($21) – BET NOW
Almost got the job done in the Sheraco Stakes last start in what was a relatively weak fillies and mares race.
She gets into this with only 51kg on the back but she lacks that turn-of-foot needed to win the major races during the spring carnival.
Red Excitement ($51) – BET NOW
Can provide some excitement as he likes to go forward and sometimes get a huge lead on the field. Might be best to do that and catch a few of them napping.
Slim chance to win.
New Tipperary ($34) – BET NOW
Comes into this off an upset win at Newcastle but he has yet to prove himself on the big stage and drawing barrier 17 isn’t going to help.
$34 is unders.
Siege of Quebec (Best Roughie – $14) – BET NOW
Enigmatic type but has the ability to beat any field when his mind is on the job. The son of Fastnet Rock defeated the likes of Pierata last start and he gets a 4kg weight advantage this time around.
Dangerous at the weights and the $14 to win and $4.20 to place is worth taking.
Invictus Prince ($27) – BET NOW
Incredible run for second behind Winx two back but he might have benefitted from the inside track bias.
Didn’t follow that up last start and it’s hard to have him here.
Muraaqeb ($35) – BET NOW
Best form has come in easier races than this and we wouldn’t be including him in our selections.
Goodfella ($81) – BET NOW
Has been improving nicely this season and producing some good results. Group 1 level?level? Not even close.
Paret ($35) – BET NOW
Didn’t handle the rise in class last start and shouldn’t handle this either.