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Epsom Handicap Day Preview

 Oct 2 2014

Sydney's record breaking trainer Chris Waller will saddle up 11 runners across three Group One races at Royal Randwick this Saturday, with markets suggesting he can win all three.

Waller starts the top three in betting in The Star Epsom with Royal Decent  (Hugh Bowman) the $4.60 favourite ahead of stablemates Boban ($6) and He's Your Man ($6). His fourth runner is the $51 outsider Lucky Chappy which has improved with each run this preperation including a last start third in the Kingston Town Stakes (2000m).

Check the full market for the Epsom Handicap here.

Royal Decent has been posted as favourite despite not having won a race since her runaway ATC Oaks win in April last year. However, her form since has been first class having run Group One placings the George Main (twice) and The Doncaster. Her three runs this time in have netted three excellent second placings. 

First up in the Warwick Stakes (1400m) she failed to run down the flying Tiger Tees after sitting camped on the leader throughout. That was followed by an equally impressive Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) second, where she looked the winner past the 200 only to be outgunned by her stablemate Hawkspur. Royal Decent was denied yet again by stablemate Sacred Falls last start in the Group One George Main Stakes (1600m). She is surely ready to win but her main dangers yet again look to come from her very own yard.

Import He's Your Man is working through the grades nicely and deserves a crack at a Group One. Waller has called on leading Hong Kong based jockey Joao Moreira to ride the French bred galloper. He's Your Man was impressive winning the the Kingston Town (2000m) last start and drops to 52.5 kgs on Saturday.

Race 1 from Royal Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day will jump at 12:20pm (AEST). Tune in to Sky Racing for all the action!

Boban was brought back to Sydney after two unplaced runs in the Memsie (1400m) and Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) in Melbourne. Waller sent last year's Epsom winner to the trials at Warwick Farm on September 26 where the five-year-old had a solid final hit out before Saturday's Group One. He will be asked to carry top weight of 58kgs but loves the Randwick mille and will be at his top come Saturday.

Outside of Waller's top three, Team Hawkes hold a great hand with the ex Guy Walter trained Toydini ($6) and the consistent Ninth Legion ($11). Toydini will appreciate the firmer track this Saturday and the addition of Blinkers third up are sure to spark the gelding into shape.

My Tips in the Epsom are 6. He's Your Man, 3. Toydini, 2. Royal Decent and 1. Boban

Waller will saddle up $2.30 favourite Winx and $61 chance Dynamic Rock in the Group One Flight Stakes. Winx will take beating but the John Thompson trained First Seal ($2.80) and Peter Moody trained Thinking Of You ($4.60) appear to be huge threats.

Check the full market for the Flight Stakes here.

Winx was defeated at the hands of First Seal last start in the Group Two Tea Rose stakes (1400m) at Randwick, where the winner looked strong heading towards a 1600 metre assignment this Saturday.

Thinking Of You was impressive winning at Caulfield last start after winning on debut at Wodonga.

My tips in the Flight are 6. Thinking Of You, 2. First Seal, 1. Winx and 4. Echo Gal.

Chris Waller dominates the staying ranks in Sydney and will take five to Randwick for Saturday's Metropolitan Handicap (2400m). His runners in market order are Junoob ($6) Bagman ($9.5) Opinion ($15) Our Voodoo Prince ($17) and Brigantin ($35).

Whilst all have legitimate chances of varying degrees the stable does not dominate this race like it does the Epsom.

La Amistad ($8) from Team Hawkes is ready to fire now that she gets to 2400 metres. Her runs this time in have all been good over unsuitable trips and she is a real stayer looking for further.

The Brian Smith trained Kingdoms ($11) warmed up for the Epsom with an eye-catching second to He's Your Man in the Kingston Town stakes and will be hitting the line strongly again on Saturday.

Check the full market for the Metropolitan Handicap here.

Peter Moody's consistent gelding Wish Comes True ($11) was very brave running second to Disclaimer ($13) in the Newcastle Cup (2300m) last start and will be hard to beat.

The favourite Spillway ($4.6) was most unlucky last start and should have finished much closer than his 2.2 length 7th to Gris Caro in the Naturalism (2000m) at Caulfield on September 20.

At my peril I'm leaving Waller out of my top four picks for the Metrop which are 10. Kingdoms, 7. La Amistad, 3. Spillway and 11. Wish Comes True.


Greg Radley - Sky Racing

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