Epsom Handicap

Epson Handicap

Winners and Past Results for the Epsom Handicap.

One of the popular Group 1 events held annually at the Randwick race track is the Epsom Handicap.

The race, hosted by the Australian Turf Club, is held each year early in October during the spring racing carnival in Sydney. The Epsom Handicap is an open race held over a distance of 1600 metres under handicap conditions. This race is a premier handicap event of the season with $1,000,000 at stake for the winners.

The Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes which is open for 3 year olds, the Metropolitan Handicap, and the Flight Stakes for 3 year old fillies are also held on the same day.

The first Epsom Handicap event was organised in 1863 and was won by a horse named Dundee. The race has a rich history with many of the strongest milers and stayers etching their name on the trophy.

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

The Epsom Handicap was originally run over a distance of eight furlongs but when the metric system was introduced in 1972 the distance was changed to its present 1600 metres.

Due to the top quality runners being attracted to the event annually, in 1979 it was elevated from a Principal Race to Group 1 status. One surprising fact to note here is that in its history, there were 6 runners who have won back-to-back which include Masquerade in 1882 &1883, Melodrama in 1907 & 1908, Chatham in 1932 & 1933, Toi Port in 1963 & 1964, Super Impose winning in 1990 & 1991 and finally Desert War winning in 2004 & 2005.

The winner of the 2011 Epsom Handicap, Secret Admirer, was placed fourth in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes over a distance of 1500 metres at Rosehill Racecourse, prior to picking up the $500,000 prize here at Randwick. Horses that perform really well in this event often get an opportunity to tackle other races like the Group 2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day later in the month.

Some of the winners of this event are: Secret Admirer in 2011, Captain Sonador in 2010 and Rock Kingdom in 2009.

The Epsom Handicap is an excellent form guide for the rest of the spring racing carnival with many horses targeting the Caulfield Guineas, Toorak Handicap, Crystal Mile, Myer Classic, and Hawkesbury Gold Cup. Most importantly, top performers are likely to head for the million dollar Emirates Stakes run over the same distance during the spring carnival.

Year Epsom Handicap Winner
2017 Happy Clapper
2016 Hauraki
2015 Winx
2014 He's Your Man
2013 Boban
2012 Fat Al
2011 Secret Admirer
2010 Captain Sonador
2009 Rock Kingdom
2008 Theseo
2007 Not Held
2006 Racing To Win
2005 Desert War
2004 Desert War
2003 Clangalang
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
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