Epsom Handicap Tips & Betting Advice

Epsom Handicap 2019

Date Saturday, October 5, 2019
Track Randwick Racecourse
Distance 1600m
Class Group 1
Race Type Handicap
Prizemoney $1 million
Age 3YO and Upwards


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Epsom Handicap betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Epsom Handicap pointers are:

  • Favourites generally have a poor record in the race
  • Four-year-olds have dominated the Epsom since 2000
  • Gai Waterhouse has been the trainer to follow


Bookmakers Sportsbet and Neds are some of the best places to bet on the Epsom Handicap and all Randwick races. They offer some of the best odds and promotions on the big race and also stream the race live online. Or take advantage of the top 5 bookmaker deals below.


The Epsom Handicap at Randwick Racecourse is one of the highlights of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival with the Group 1 race being one of the biggest betting heats of the early parts of the season.

A premier handicap staged over 1600m, the race carries prize money totalling $500,000 and is one of the biggest staged at Randwick each year. It takes place on a Saturday in early October and forms part of the two-day Australian Turf Club Carnival with Epsom Handicap Day also known as “Super Saturday”.

A maximum field of 20 (plus emergencies) go head-to-head in race and the competitiveness of a high-class field makes it one of the most difficult betting puzzles to solve. Bookmakers offer some special promotions and offers as well as exceptional value on sign-up bonuses to coincide with the race. With more than 100 horses nominated for the race, finding a bookmaker with non-runner no bet offers is often worthwhile with some leading fancies not guaranteed a run.

The race gained its name in tribute to Epsom Downs Racecourse in England which stages the English Derby classic every year and has had Group 1 status since 1979. Randwick’s other big Group 1 is also named after a British classic racecourse with the Doncaster Mile, the feature of the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

The long history of the Epsom Handicap dates back to 1863 when Dundee etched his name into fame as the first-ever winner of the now famous open handicap.

Some champion milers have won the race during its illustrious history including the great dual winner Chatham and Super Impose, who also won the Doncaster Handicap twice during the Autumn Carnival, as well as Nightmarch (1929), De La Salle (1948), Noholme (1959) Sky High (1961), Gunsynd (1971), Imposing (1979), Filante (1996), Dodge (1998), Shogun Lodge (2000), Racing To Win (2006), Theseo (2008), Secret Admirer (2011), Boban (2013), Winx (2015) and Happy Clapper (2017).

Only six horses have achieved back-to-back wins in the Epsom Handicap – the sextet being Masquerade (1882 and 1883), Melodrama (1907 and 1908), Chatham in (1932 and 1933), Toi Port (1963 and 1964), Super Impose (1990 and 1991) and Desert War (2004 and 2005).

The Epsom Handicap, which was not staged in 2007 due to an outbreak of Equine Influenza, is joined on the Super Saturday billing by the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes, a 1600m contest for three-year-old fillies. The Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) for three-year-olds was previously held on the same day but from 2013 headlines its own day a week later.

Epsom Handicap Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Shogun Lodge
2001 Final Fantasy
2002 Excellerator
2003 Clangalang
2004 Desert War
2005 Desert War
2006 Racing To Win
2007 Race Not Held
2008 Theseo
2009 Rock Kingdom
2010 Captain Sonador
2011 Secret Admirer
2012 Fat Al
2013 Boban
2014 He’s Your Man
2015 Winx
2016 Hauraki
2017 Happy Clapper
2018 Hartnell
2019 Kolding


Randwick is the largest racetrack in New South Wales and all races are run in a clockwise direction. It is a sweeping track with a rise from the 300m mark to the winning post in the home straight.

As well as the main track, Randwick Racecourse contains a second track known as Kensington. Due to large rainfall in the area, Kensington has been reconstructed using the Strathayr racing surface which is similar to Moonee Valley.

Strathayr is a turf cover over a base of sand, this means it is a free draining track which can take a substantial amount of rain without affecting the rating.


Originally known as the ‘Sandy Course,’ Randwick Racecourse was first used in 1833 where a private match race between two horses was held.

In 1840 the track was abandoned as a racecourse and used for training purposes before the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) moved its headquarters to Randwick and held a meeting in 1860.

The Queen Elizabeth II stand was opened to the public on August 4, 1969, and in 1992, Queen Elizabeth II visited Randwick and opened the new $30 million Paddock Grandstand.

The Australian Derby (2400m) remains one of the longest standing races to be held at Randwick after its inaugural running took place in 1861.

Randwick hosts some of Australia’s most iconic Group 1 races throughout the year, during both the spring and autumn carnivals in Sydney.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Doncaster Mile and TJ Smith Stakes are some of the elite races taking place at Randwick during the prestigious The Championships during the autumn.