The Racing NSW Handicapping Panel advised on Monday that a total of 83 nominations have been weighed for the 154th running of Group 1 The TAB Epsom Handicap (1600m) to be staged at Randwick on Saturday, 5th October 2019.
This year’s edition of the Epsom Handicap will be run with a 50.0kg minimum weight and a 48.0kg minimum weight for 3-year old's with a total prizemoney purse of $1,000,000.
The honour of topweight has been given to 118-rated gelding Happy Clapper with 59.5kg. Happy Clapper is a multiple Group 1 winner of the 2017 (Group 1) Epsom Handicap (1600m) carrying 57.0kg, the 2018 Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m), and the 2018 Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) carrying 57.0kg to victory.
Next in line on 58.5kg is Hartnell (GB), a winner of four Group 1 races, the 2015 Group 1 THE BMW (2400m), the 2016 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m), the 2018 Group 1 C F Orr Stakes (1400m) and is the current 2018 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) winner carrying 57.0kg to victory.
Recent, Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) winner Dreamforce has been allocated 57.0kg. Dreamforce also ran 2nd in the 2019 Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and was placed 3rd behind Champion mare Winx in the 2019 Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
Other notable nominations are the 2019 Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) winner and 2019 Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes winner (1600m) Samadoubt with 56.5kg. The 2018 Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) winner Best of Days (GB) will carry 55.0kg.
The highest weighted mare is the 2019 Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) winner and 2019 Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) placegetter Invincible Gem with 52.5kg.
Dreamforce with 57.0kg is exempt from the ballot due to his win in the 2019 edition of the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m).
There are four 3-year olds nominated, Yourdeel (NZ), Just Thinkin’, Dawn Passage and Shotmaker; all have been allocated 48.0kg, the minimum weight for 3-year old's.
A total of 38 entries have been allocated weight above the minimum.
Happy Clapper, picture Sportpix.com.au