Hope In Your Coronary heart is present favorite to take out Saturday’s Group 1 $1.5 million Epsom Handicap (1600m) after the shock withdrawal of the unique prime elect Pericles from the mile basic on Tuesday.
The James Cummings-trained Pericles was withdrawn from the official Epsom Handicap discipline simply hours after remaining acceptances have been taken after he was discovered to have blood in his nostrils following a bit of trackwork on Tuesday morning.
The next stewards’ report acknowledged that “a subsequent endoscopic examination of the horse detected blood in its trachea”.
The occasion got here as a serious blow to the Godolphin secure after Pericles had been saved particularly for the Epsom and earlier scratched from the $1 million 7 Stakes (1600m) again on September 16.
Up to date Epsom Handicap betting markets at Ladbrokes have the Kerry Parker-trained mare Hope In Your Coronary heart because the $7 favorite in barrier 10 with Craig Williams within the saddle.
The five-year-old daughter of Dundeel has an honest mile file (5:1-3-0) and was additionally fourth behind Mr Brightside within the Group 1 Doncaster Mile on the observe and journey as a 30/1 outsider again in April.
Mr Brightside has firmly franked that type profitable all three of his begins this prep together with defeating Alligator Blood, who went on to efficiently defend his Underwood Stakes title final weekend, by 1.5 lengths in Flemington’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) a fortnight again.
Hope In Your Coronary heart in the meantime ran second after the Doncaster within the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) right here on the short back-up.
She resumed on September 2 when 1.6 lengths third to Pericles within the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) and appears a real likelihood to salute at elite stage on the weekend.
The subsequent greatest two in betting each hail from the Chris Waller secure with the grasp coach chasing his fifth Epsom Handicap victory since 2011.
Waller performs a really sturdy hand once more in 2023 with eight remaining acceptors for the Epsom seven of that are assured of a run plus the second emergency Political Debate.
The very best of the Waller contingent within the Epsom markets are the winter’s Group 1 Queensland Derby winner Kovalica ($9) and the in-form Rediener ($10) drawn in boundaries seven and two respectively.
Final weekend Brazilian hoop Joao Moreira answered an S.O.S. name from Waller and travelled down beneath to companion Militarize to an exhilarating late victory within the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes.
The ‘Magic Man’ shall be after extra Group 1 glory on the Aussie turf booked to journey Ocean Park four-year-old Kovalica within the Epsom.
The horse was good in Queensland final prep wining the Queensland Guineas and Derby with a 3rd to Huetor within the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in between.
Contemporary he ran ninth with 58kg behind Golden Mile in Rosehill’s Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) with enchancment to return second-up on Saturday over the additional distance and again to 54kg.
Rediener in the meantime will get in on the Epsom Handicap minimal carrying 50kg with Kathy O’Hara to journey the four-year-old son of Redoute’s Alternative.
The progressive staying sort chases his fourth consecutive win having loved back-to-back winter wins together with within the Group 3 Gunsynd Basic at Eagle Farm over the mile earlier than taking out the Group 3 Invoice Ritchie Handicap (1400m) right here a fortnight again with O’Hara aboard.
One other last-start Group 3 winner for Waller within the combine at $13 is Flying Artie five-year-old Democracy Manifest with the Randwick specialist (7:3-0-1) coming off a Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) victory by 2.46 lengths at Newcastle two weeks in the past.
Evergreen eight-year-old The Inevitable can be being stored secure at present Epsom Handicap odds of $10.
The John Keys-trained Tasmanian raider, previously with Scott Brunton, was large right here within the autumn when beneath a size again third to Mr Brightside within the $5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) at a giant value at The Valley.
He was runner-up solely a quarter-length off the winner within the Theo Marks earlier this prep and presents as a hazard with a powerful second-up file (7:4-1-0), earlier profitable type on the observe, and a pleasant strike-rate at a mile (6:3-1-1).
Cummings might have misplaced Pericles however he’s nonetheless represented within the Epsom line-up on the weekend with Theo Marks winner Golden Mile ($15) donning the Royal Blue silks with Blake Shinn driving the Astern four-year-old from the second outdoors alley.
The Group 1 $750,000 The Metropolitan (2400m) is the one other elite stage function on Epsom Handicap Day in Sydney with markets for the Caulfield Cup lead-up led by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Simply High-quality, together with the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) for the fillies.
2023 Epsom Handicap Subject & Limitations
|MY OBERON (IRE)
|GOING GLOBAL (IRE)
|Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
|KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ)
|HOPE IN YOUR HEART
|Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
|Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman
|Ms Jamie Kah
|Dylan Gibbons (a)
|DUKE DE SESSA (IRE)
|Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
|Ms Kathy O’Hara
|Ben, Will & JD Hayes
|Zac Lloyd (a)
|Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
|Ms Rachel King
Desk Credit score: Racing Australia.