A healthy list of 90 nominations was announced for the $ 1.5 million Epsom Handicap at Randwick next month.
A Doncaster Mile rematch is on the table with the home three top three of Australia’s first handicap race among the top nominations for next month’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick.
A healthy list of 90 contenders was released Tuesday afternoon by the Australian Turf Club for the Epsom handicap with the Doncaster Cascadian winner joined by placegetters Icebath and Dalasan.
Epsom Handicap 2020 winner Probabeel is also among the nominations, but coach Jamie Richards has been firm on his intention to keep the mare in Melbourne to target a place at Cox Plate.
Annabel Neasham (seven nominations) has a strong hand with Zaaki and Mo’unga on the entry list but it is highly likely that only the latter will be featured in the Epsom.
Mo’unga is the second favorite at $ 7 with TAB fixed odds with Ayrton ($ 6) trained by Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr.
Chris Waller (15 nominations) along with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott (11 nominations) have won four and seven Epsoms respectively and will look to have plenty of firepower again.
Nominations for the $ 1.5 million feature, up from $ 1 million last season, were released alongside the $ 750,000 Metropolitan (2,400m) and $ 750,000 Flight Stakes (1,600m).
The three Groups 1 will be presented at Randwick on Saturday 3rd October.
The Metropolitan have drawn 85 entries, one less than twelve months ago, with defending champion Mirage Dancer among the remaining list.
Waller (14 nominations) and Ciaron Maher and David Eustace (12 nominations) are well represented while Bjorn Baker has five nominations including the current $ 6 favorite She’s Ideel.
A healthy list of 59 fillies was nominated for the Group 1 Flight Stakes, won by the last teardrop Montefilia coached by David Payne.
Saturday’s impressive Group 2 Furious Stakes winner Jamaea is among them, although coaches Robert and Luke Price have not made a commitment to include their three-year-old in the race.
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Originally posted as Doncaster trifecta among Epsom’s $ 1.5 million contenders