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Epsom Handicap Tips & Predictions - Aramayo offers value in Randwick Group 1

  • The $1.5 million Epsom Handicap is run on Saturday, October 2
  • The Group 1 is run over 1600 metres at Royal Randwick
  • Riodini heads the betting in a capacity field
  • Will Gai Waterhouse's runner live up to the hype?
Epsom Handicap Tips
A competitve field has been assembled for the 2021 Epsom Handicap. (Getty)
Alex Marsh 01 Oct 2021
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The Epsom Handicap is one of the most famous Group One's run over the Sydney Spring Carnival, where many of Australia's best milers do battle over the Randwick mile.

With an outstanding honor roll which includes recent champions in Hartnell, Happy Clapper and Winx, this race also provides the winner with a ballot-free entry into the Queen Elizabeth Stakes the following autumn.

Who will join them on the winners' list by taking out the $1.5 million feature on October 2 at Royal Randwick?

Epsom Handicap 2021 Tips

Best Bet - Aramayo

He's been on somewhat of a strange journey has this gelding, an ex-Godolphin galloper who looked a Derby/progressive staying type before being sold to Singapore. 

Now back in Australia, Aramayo backed up a nice return behind Zaaki to produce easily the run of the Bill Ritchie Handicap, spotting weight to the winner and stable mate Atishu, who he has a 3.5kg swing on.

Sustaining a wide run behind a quinella who had every favour, he looks ready to peak now at the mile third-up and while Chris Waller has five chances in the Epsom Handicap, this looks the pick of them.

Aramayo - 11.00Epsom Handicap Best BetBET HERE
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Next Best Bet - Icebath

This daughter of Sacred Falls has remained very competitive this spring, although is clearly lengths better on a wet track, conditions she may get on Saturday, albeit the forecast is inconclusive.

Her fresh run was good when spotting weight to Private Eye, backing that performance up with solid runs in the Theo Marks and Gold Pendant, but she just hasn't had the perfect set-up to win.

Icebath is the early insurance play if nothing else, as she's clearly going well enough and if the rain does come, I think she could well start favourite if Randwick gets into a testing Soft 6/7 (or worse) range.

Icebath - 9.00Epsom Handicap Next Best BetBET HERE
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Value Bet - Sky Lab

He arguably should've beaten Mo'unga in the Rosehill Guineas and carries 6.5 kg less than that top weight from that autumn clash, so there's a definite case for this four-year-old with just 50.5kg here.

Paul Perry is a savvy trainer and second-up with Sky Lab, it was a clear set play in the Cameron Handicap with plenty of bets launched early at good prices, but they had to settle for a very unlucky second.

Three-wide, without cover throughout and chasing a hot speed against the pattern, it was an enormous effort to go so close on September 17 and with any spike off that, he's a definite chance at big odds.

Sky Lab - 23.00Epsom Handicap ValueBET HERE
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Epsom Handicap FAQs

When is the 2021 Epsom Handicap?

The 2021 Epsom Handicap is scheduled to run on Saturday, October 2 at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

What distance is the Epsom Handicap?

The Epsom Handicap is run over a distance of 1600 metres.

How can I live stream the 2021 Epsom Handicap?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream The Epsom Handicap and all other Australian horse races.



Aramayo is projecting towards a peak performance in the 2021 Epsom Handicap.

Happy to save on Icebath, while Sky Lab is a winning chance at longer odds.

Best Bet: Aramayo To Win $11.00 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units
Next Best Bet: Icebath To Win $9.00 at Neds - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Sky Lab To Win $23.00 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit

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