2019 Epsom Handicap Tips & Betting Advice

Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2019 Epsom Handicap. The race will take place on Saturday, 5 October, 2019, and will once again be the one of the biggest Group 1s 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.


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 2019 tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2019 Epsom Handicap tips and selections.


Leading bookmakers have the latest 2019 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.


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.

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


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