2020 Epsom Handicap Preview, Odds, & Tips

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Fri 2nd October 2020

It’s a wide-open edition of the Epsom Handicap on a massive day at Royal Randwick, with three Group 1 contests plus some Everest contenders going head-to-head in the Premiere Stakes.

Let’s take a look at each of the runners in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), In what is a bit of a raffle with plenty of chances.

1 – Kolding


2 – Mister Sea Wolf – $23 ?

Had a blessed run in the Chelmsford Stakes at this track and trip, with fellow Waller pace maker Wu Gok making life easy for this old boy. Will have far more talented back markers rocketing home this time around, but he will give you a very honest showing at big odds.

3 – Star Of The Seas – $5 ??

Has run incredibly well without any luck this preparation, could easily have taken out both the Winx Stakes and the George Main Stakes. I thought he was a wet tracker but he’s performed well on the Good surfaces as well, and has to go in everything, and can win with even luck, which may be tough from the inside gate.

4 – Imaging – $13

Another Waller runner who is absolutely humming along, has looked very good in all three runs this preparation and will be very honest once again. Has drawn the carpark which makes it very tough.

5 – Nettoyer – $67

Obviously has ability, winning the Doncaster in the spring at this track and trip in spectacular fashion. However, is second up here and usually takes longer than that to be at her best. Happy to be against her in this.

6 – Brandenburg – $27

Could kick up from the low draw and be put in the race, and if so, is a big chance to run a big race at the juicy odds, has placed in the Doncaster Mile, albeit at a rock bottom 50.5kgs.

7 – Yulong Prince – $26

Kept coming in the Chelmsford and was very close to winning with the big 59kgs that day, drops 5kgs here and will be in this for a long way if ridden with intent. Similarly to Mister Sea Wolf, he runs into far more talented swoopers in this field who will be gunning for him.

8 – The Candy Man – $35

The cult hero is being looked after by the Snowdens in Sydney, and will need to sharply improve to be in this after his middling performance at Newcastle last start.

9 – Wild Planet – $15 ???

Has drawn perfectly and could take a sit or even dictate things and lead if they want. Ran down Funstar to win over the 1400m last start and hit the line really strongly, looking like the mile will suit. Is now third up and this could be a Hawkes grand final job. Goes in everything and is a massive chance.

10 – Niccanova – $71 ?

Has drawn reasonably well to sit midfield with cover, but will need a big dose of luck to get out and find a run. Talented on his day and up to the mile suits, but it’s a low percentage play. You could do worse things than throwing him in exotics or having a small saver on him at the massive odds.

11 – Probabeel – $6 ???

Is short in the market but probably deserves to be after her big win in the Bill Ritchie Handicap. Looks like it’s all come together for this powerful mare, and stepping up to the mile is a plus. Not a great draw but she’ll probably just motor wide the trip and come flying home. Big chance.

12 – Funstar – $11 ??

What do we do with Funstar? There was improvement to come in her condition when run down by Wild Planet, and at her best there’s no doubt she’ll go very close. Will she bring it? If Boss is aggressive from the wide draw she’s a chance, and is worth considering.

13 – Rock – $6.50 ???

Opened at $8.50 so there’s been some support for the Cameron Handicap winner, and it’s easy to see why after the way he won that. Ran well in this race last year and is right in this.

14 – Colette – $18

Has been thrown in the deep end this preparation with the big boys, and I think she’ll find this too tough. Want to follow her over a longer distance, very talented stayer.

15 – Reloaded


16 – Looks Like Elvis – $71

Had the flashing light run in the Tramway Stakes and battled in the Shannon Stakes, this may be too tough for him.

17 – Riodini – $27 ??

Ran in some good Group races in New Zealand and is now third up, I’d imagine they’ll put him into the race and lead from the barrier and with the light weight. Could throw into exotics.

18 – Savacool – $201

You could write your own ticket here, too tough.

19 – Glenall – $151

Same as the above.

20 – Vanna Girl – $18 ??

Unbeaten over the mile and rock bottom in the weights, ran home well in the Tramway first up. Think she’s a real show at the big odds.

21 – Just Thinkin’


Tip: 9-11-13-10 – without much confidence.

? = Must Watch
? = Big Winning Chance
?= Worth Including in Exotics

2020 Epsom Stakes Odds

*Odds correct at time of posting this article

1Kolding (20)J: Hugh Bowman 56.5kg T: C J Waller$11.00$3.50
2Mister Sea Wolf (4)J: Brenton Avdulla 56kg T: C J Waller$19.00$5.50
3Star Of The Seas (1)J: Nash Rawiller 55.5kg T: C J Waller$4.80$1.95
4Imaging (21)J: James Mcdonald 55.5kg T: C J Waller$12.00$3.80
5Nettoyer (14)J: James Innes Jnr 54kg T: Ms W Roche$51.00$10.00
6Brandenburg (3)J: Jason Collett 54kg T: J G Sargent$26.00$6.50
7Yulong Prince (2)J: Sam Clipperton 54kg T: C J Waller$26.00$6.50
8The Candy Man (9)J: Regan Bayliss 53.5kg T: P & P Snowden$34.00$7.50
9Wild Planet (6)J: Tim Clark 53kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$14.00$4.20
10Niccanova (11)J: Blaike Mcdougall 53kg T: Craig Carmody$61.00$13.00
11Probabeel (18)J: Kerrin Mcevoy 52.5kg T: J W Richards$5.50$2.15
12Funstar (19)J: Glen Boss 52.5kg T: C J Waller$10.00$3.30
13Rock (13)J: Tommy Berry 52.5kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$6.00$2.25
14Colette (10)J: Ms Rachel King 52kg T: James Cummings$17.00$5.00
15Reloaded (7)J: Ms Kathy O’hara 51kg T: C J Waller$26.00$6.50
16Looks Like Elvis (8)J: Ms Jess Taylor 50kg T: J M Austin$61.00$13.00
17Riodini (12)J: Ms Winona Costin 50kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$26.00$6.50
18Savacool (16)J: Ms Alysha Collett 50kg T: C J Waller$126.00$26.00
19Glenall (5)J: Brock Ryan 50kg T: M, W & J Hawkes$101.00$26.00
20Vanna Girl (15)J: Robbie Dolan 50kg T: A J & T Edmonds$17.00$5.00
21Just Thinkin’ (17)J: Unknown 50kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$51.00$11.00


From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.