Trainer may aim for four in a row

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT -

CAN Chris Waller se­cure an un­prece­dented fourth straight Ep­som? Will Gai Water­house win the race for an eighth time? Is Dar­ren Weir poised to fi­nally train a Syd­ney win­ner?

These are just some el­e­ments in what is shap­ing as a vin­tage re­newal of the Group 1 $1 mil­lion TAB Ep­som Hand­i­cap (1600m) at Royal Rand­wick this Satur­day.

Waller will have a strong pres­ence in Satur­day’s big race with Van­brugh, McCreery and Mack­in­tosh.

He has won the past three Ep­soms with Boban (2013), He’s Your Man (2014) and Winx (2015) and has also won the past four Don­caster Miles, which proves he has the key to win­ning Rand­wick’s fea­ture mile races.

BIG MONEY ON OF­FER

THE Ep­som Day meet­ing is the high­light of the Syd­ney spring car­ni­val with nine Group or Listed races and prize­money of al­most $3.5 mil­lion up for grabs.

The Ep­som Hand­i­cap is the fea­ture race and one of three Group 1 races, in­clud­ing the $750,000 The Met­ro­pol­i­tan (2400m) and $500,000 Flight Stakes (1600m).

SAMBORA ROCKS UP

RICHIE Sambora and Ori­anthi will per­form live af­ter the last race Royal Rand­wick on Ep­som Day.

BACK BOW­MAN

MY tip this week­end is to follow jockey Hugh Bow­man at Royal Rand­wick. He has a su­per book of rides.

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