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Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2016 Epsom Handicap. The race will take place on Saturday, 1 October, 2016, and will once again be the biggest Group 1 of the Sydney Spring Carnival.

The $1 million race attracts the very best gallopers, The Epsom Handicap is one of the highlights of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival with the Group 1 race being one of the biggest betting races in the early parts of the spring.

We provide you with Epsom Handicap tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information.

EPSOM HANDICAP TIPS

When trying to find the winner of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), keeping some important factors on your side can help you.

The Epsom can, and usually does, prove to be a real challenge when it comes to narrowing down the field to finding the winner. 

The field has a maximum field size of 20 runners and more often than not the race does attract a full complement of runners - making it a tough race to analyse.

Our experts assess all the Epsom Handicap runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2016 tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2016 Epsom Handicap tips and selections.

EPSOM HANDICAP ODDS

Leading bookmakers have the latest 2016 Epsom Handicap betting odds available in advance of the race. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race following the barrier draw. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.

EPSOM HANDICAP FREE BETS

The Epsom Handicap features a host of special offers from bookmakers and that includes the opportunity to claim bonus bets when becoming a new customer before the race. A range of free bets and special offers, deposit matches, first bet matches and no deposit free bets are available from the bookmakers to take advantage of throughout the year.

2016 Epsom Handicap Tips

Find out who our tipsters are predicting will win.

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EPSOM HANDICAP HISTORY

The Epsom Handicap is a major drawcard during the Sydney Spring Carnival and is run at Randwick in early October each year. 

The Epsom Handicap is a Group 1 race run over the famous 1600m and carries prizemoney of $1 million.

It is one of three Group 1 races held on what has come to be known as "Super Saturday", with The Metropolitan and the Flight Stakes being the other two elite races on the same program.

The race was named in tribute of the great Epsom Downs racetrack in England which hosts the English Derby each year. 

The Epsom attracts many of the top class milers and up and coming three-year-old hopefuls and is recognised as one of the biggest 1600m handicaps along with the Group 1 Doncaster Mile run during the Autumn Carnival in Sydney.

The race has an interesting history since the inaugural running of the race in 1865 saw Dundee salute. Then, the following year as Dundee finished in third place, the race ended in a dead heat when Rapidan and Bracelet crossed the line together. The two dead heaters then had a race-off which saw Rapidan eventually deemed the winner. 

In 1897, an 11-year-old Jim McHugh, who weighed in at just four stone and four pounds (or 27 kgs), was having just his second ever race ride when he steered Robin Hood to victory, even though he was obliged to carry the minimum weight of six stone, nine pounds (or 42 kgs).

Many great horses have tasted victory in the Epsom including Amounis in 1926 and 1928 before he went on to win the 1930 Caulfield Cup. Others include Gunsynd (1971), Triton (1972), Imposing (1979) and in more recent times Desert War (2004 & 2005), Boban (2014) and the mighty Winx in 2015, who then went on to claim the Cox Plate three weeks later.

Without doubt, the most memorable winner of the Epsom was the great Super Impose who did what no other horse has ever done by winning the Epsom/Doncaster double in successive years in 1990 and 1991.

The most prominent races used as lead-ups to the Epsom are the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) run at Rosehill in September and the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) run at Randwick the week before the Epsom. 

Although a weight-for-age event, the Group 1 George Main Stakes run on the same day as the Bill Ritchie is also used by some Epsom hopefuls. 

Gai Waterhouse leads the successful trainers in the event with seven victories to date, a feat only matched by her father, the late Tommy Smith.

RANDWICK RACECOURSE

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.

Royal Randwick Track Description:

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
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