Epsom Guessing Games Continue With Weights Released for The October Event
September 15, 2014
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The Group 1 is run at Randwick and is open to all horses. The 1600 metre race is regarded as one of the top mile events on the Australian racing calendar but has a disappointing total prize money pool of just half a million dollars. It pits handicapped class horses against promising up and coming milers in what’s more than often a heart pumping run to the post. This year 85 entries will be dwindled down to a likely field of 20 for the 149th edition of the race.
Chris Waller’s Royal Descent is currently favoruite and the only horse under $10 on Sportsbet’s all in market. She’s the highest weighted mare at 55.5 kilograms. Look for her to go one better than her 2nd place in the Doncaster Mile after she finished behind stable mate Sacred Falls
Waller’s 2013 winner Boban has also been entered but there’s doubt the gelding will start despite winning 3 group ones at 1600 metres. Boban has been weighted 5 kilos heavier than last year’s triumph of 53 kilograms. Speculation over one of Waller’s French import continues to grow. He’s Your Man won the Kingston Stakes on Saturday and is expected to race the Metropolitan Stakes, but after getting 53.5 Kilograms for the Epsom Waller hasn’t ruled out a shock start there instead.
Gai Waterhouse knows how to win an Epsom, She’s had 7 victories in the event with her last coming in 2012 with Fat Al. Diamond Drille looks to be Gai’s great hope. The Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner is currently around $17 to give Gai her 8th Epsom win.
With the event still weeks away fluctuations in the markets are guaranteed, with horses being either scratched or confirmed as we move closer to the running. A wait and see scenario will have punters keeping a close eye on Sportsbet’s all in market before making their choice when it really matters.
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