epsom handicap

Randwick hosts three Group 1 races on Saturday: the Flight Stakes, Epsom Handicap and The Metropolitan.

With a smorgasbord of elite racing on offer, pro punter Gareth Phillips has dug inside his database (and very deep memory bank!) to profile the three big races and show us where history points for each of them.

Group 1 Flight Stakes
  • Gai has won the race nine times.
  • Only one non-NSW trained horse has won the race since the champion SUNLINE in 1998 (Oohood in 2018, as a maiden).
  • Only three times in the past 20 years has the Tea Rose not provided the winner of this race.
  • FOUR MOVES AHEAD beat seven opponents in the Tea Rose this year. The trifecta was made up of the on-pace runners, with VON TRAPP the best of the finishers after an economical run, and MOKULUA the best of the wide runners. MOKULUA goes around in Race 3 at Flemington, and was blackbooked when lipped out by PROFONDO in the run before the Tea Rose.

Gareth’s picks

  1. Mallory
  2. Four Moves Ahead
  3. Von Trapp

Group 1 Epsom Handicap
  • 12 of the last 17 winners have drawn double-digit alleys.
  • The last horse to do the George Main / Epsom double was in 2006 (RIODINI attempting that here).
  • Only three horses have done the Bill Ritchie / Epsom double (ATISHU attempting).
  • Four-year-olds have won 19 of the last 28 Epsoms. Seven of them line up here.
  • Gai has won the race seven times (same as her old man).
  • Waller has won the race four times (from the last eight).
  • Glen Boss has the most wins of modern-day jockeys, with four.

Gareth’s picks

  1. Mo’unga
  2. Private Eye
  3. Sly Lab

The Group 1 Metropolitan
  • The last horse to win the race multiple times was in 1984.
  • The last horse to carry more than 56kg to win was in 2004, and prior to that 1984 (three of them race here).
  • The last mare to win was in 2000 (MONTEFILIA, SHE’S IDEEL and CHARMS STAR attempting).
  • The last horse to win coming off a win was in 2005 (SHE’S IDEEL, ENTENTE and GREAT HOUSE attempting).

Gareth’s pick

  1. Montefilia – has key negatives, but I am a fan!

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