Epsom Handicap Field & Barrier Draw
The final field and barrier draw have been declared for Saturday’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick with 20 runners set to battle for $1 million in prizemoney.
It was a mixed result for leading trainer Chris Waller with Star Of The Seas and Yulong Prince drawing barriers 1 and 2 respectively while Imaging, Funstar and Kolding copped barriers 21, 19 and 20.
The Waller-trained Mister Sea Wolf and Reloaded also fared well in gates 4 and 7, while the last of Waller’s eight runners, Savacool, came up with barrier 16.
Kolding, Star Of The Seas and Imaging filled the first three placings in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) last start while Funstar comes off a 2nd placing in the Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) and Mister Sea Wolf won the Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).
Kolding defeated Te Akau Shark in the 2019 Epsom Handicap but will have to carry 6kg more in 2020.
Theo Marks winner Wild Planet has drawn ideally in gate 6 and meets Funstar 1.5kg worse at the weights on Saturday.
Dominant Cameron Handicap (1500m) winner Rock joins stablemate Wild Planet as one of three runners for the in-form Hawkes Racing stable.
Pre-barrier draw favourite Probabeel has also drawn wide in gate 18 following her second-up success in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m).
2020 Epsom Handicap barrier draw & final field
|1||KOLDING (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||20||56.5kg|
|2||MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||4||56kg|
|3||STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||1||55.5kg|
|4||IMAGING (GB)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||21||55.5kg|
|5||NETTOYER||Wendy Roche||James Innes Jnr||14||54kg|
|6||BRANDENBURG (NZ)||John Sargent||Jason Collett||3||54kg|
|7||YULONG PRINCE (SAF)||Chris Waller||Sam Clipperton||2||54kg|
|8||THE CANDY MAN||Peter & Paul Snowden||Regan Bayliss||9||53.5kg|
|9||WILD PLANET||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tim Clark||6||53kg|
|11||PROBABEEL (NZ)||Jamie Richards||Kerrin McEvoy||18||52.5kg|
|12||FUNSTAR||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||19||52.5kg|
|13||ROCK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||13||52.5kg|
|14||COLETTE||James Cummings||Ms Rachel King||10||52kg|
|15||RELOADED||Chris Waller||Ms Kathy O’Hara||7||51kg|
|16||LOOKS LIKE ELVIS||Jarrod Austin||Ms Jess Taylor||8||50kg|
|17||RIODINI (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Winona Costin||12||50kg|
|18||SAVACOOL (NZ)||Chris Waller||Ms Alysha Collett||16||50kg|
|19||GLENALL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brock Ryan (a)||5||50kg|
|20||VANNA GIRL||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Robbie Dolan||15||50kg|
|21e||JUST THINKIN’||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||TBA||17||50kg|