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Racing NSW Handicapper Comments - 2021 TAB Epsom Handicap

The TAB Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) run on Saturday, 2nd October 2021.

A total of 90 nominations have been weighed for the 156th running of The TAB Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), to be staged at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 2nd October 2021.

This year’s edition of the TAB Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) will be run for $1,500,000 (an increase of $500,000 on the previous year) with a 50.0kg minimum weight (48kg minimum for 3yos).

This year's TAB Epsom topweight, Kolding (James McDonald) winning at Royal Randwick. Image by Bradley Photographers

The honour of topweight this year has been given to three-time Group 1 winner, Kolding (NZ) with 58.0kg.

Kolding (NZ) won the 2019 Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), the 2020 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m), 2021 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) as well as the inaugural $7.5 million The Golden Eagle (1500m) in 2019.

Next in line on 57.5kg is Zaaki (GB), a dominant winner of the 2021 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) and the recent winner of the 2021 Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m).

Other notable nominations are Think It Over allocated with 57.0kg, winner of the 2021 Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and the 2021 Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).

Mo’unga (NZ), winner of the 2021 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and the 2021 Group 1 Winx Stakes (1600m), has been asked to carry 56.5kg while reigning Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) champion Cascadian (GB) will carry 56.0kg.

The highest weighted mare will be three-time Group 1 winner Probabeel (NZ), who has been allocated 56.5kg. Probabeel (NZ) won the 2020 Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m), the 2021 Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and is also the reigning Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) champion.

There are five 3-year-old horses nominated, with the 2021 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) winner Captivant as well as the 2021 Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) winner Converge being notable nominations. All 3yo horses have been allocated the 48.0kg minimum.

To view the entire TAB Epsom Handicap & The Heineken Metropolitan weights - CLICK HERE

- Racing NSW Handicapping Panel (13th September 2021)

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