Epsom Handicap Tips - Waller's Star overlooked in Randwick mile

Star Of The Seas (PA Images)

Bookmakers appear to have overlooked a vital run when pricing the market for Saturday’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick. 

The Chris Waller-trained Kolding has been installed the $5 favourite following his win in the Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m), however, it’s his stablemate Star Of The Seas that impressed most when finishing near last in that race. 

Both runners were second-up from a spell, and Star Of The Seas settled behind the speed in 5th place while Kolding was rearward in 9th. 

Glen Boss got Kolding to the outside and would up strongly to claim victory over Fierce Impact, while Star Of The Seas was trapped behind runners and never got clear at any stage as he was dragged back to finish 5.6 lengths away. 

Star Of The Seas was absolutely bolting, and I have no doubt he would have unleashed with clear room.

Last campaign he was runner-up in a BM76 and then runner-up in a BM78 before stepping up to BM88 class third-up where he stormed to a two-length victory and went 4.8 lengths above benchmark (BM) as opposed to his previous start rating of two lengths above BM.

First-up this campaign he went seven length above BM, and then, despite never getting clear at any stage last start, he still went 3.8 lengths above BM.

Similarly, he drops in weight third-up this preparation, and he’s trending the right way to be posting a new PB which would see him prove extremely hard to hold out in this. 

Michael Dee makes the trip to Sydney to ride at the light weight of 50kg, and from barrier 14, the pair will just need a bit of luck to slot in with cover somewhere behind the speed. 

Star Of The Seas looks way over the odds here, and considering he’s a Randwick mile winner already, he looks perfectly placed.

The Hawkes Racing-trained Rock has impressed with each run this campaign and looms as the main danger as he aims for four in a row. 


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