The Class 3 Epsom Handicap Flat Race is the third race that takes place at Epsom’s August Afternoon Racing meeting at Epsom Downs Racecourse every August.
The Epsom August Afternoon Racing meeting is a single-day horse racing event that offers seven exquisite flat races from Epsom Downs Racecourse – the home of The Epsom Derby, the richest race in British and Irish horse racing.
Epsom Downs Racecourse is located in Epsom, Surrey, on the public ground of the Epsom Downs, allowing for free access to upwards of 130,000 spectators at any given time.
The Epsom August Afternoon Racing meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday the 31st of August 2021. For all of The Epsom August Afternoon Racing’s news and ticket information, sign up for The Jockey Club’s newsletter at https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/newsletter/.
About The Race
The Class 3 Epsom Handicap Flat Race is a Class 3 handicap flat race that serves as the third race of The Epsom August Afternoon meeting at Epsom Downs Racecourse every Summer.
Open to horses aged three years old and above, The Class 3 Epsom Handicap Flat Race runs just 6 furlongs and three yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse and is the second from shortest race that takes place at this venue behind the ‘Dash’ Handicap at The Epsom Derby Festival.
£15,000 was up for grabs at the last edition of this race back in 2019, which was shared between the first four horses that successfully passed the final post. Here’s how much was assigned to each placement position:
1st place – 10/1 Mokaatil (GB) – £9,338
2nd place – 5/1 Count Otto (IRE) – £2,796
3rd place – 7/2 Little Boy Blue (GB) – £1,398
4th place – 11/4 Thegreatestshowman (GB) – £699
The Class 3 Epsom Handicap Flat Race will begin at around 15:15 on Tuesday the 31st of August 2021.
The Class 3 Epsom Handicap Flat Race often consists of runners that had participated in similar length races at The Epsom Derby Festival just two months prior. They are some of the fastest racehorses in the UK over six furlongs.
Here are the runners, their starting prices and how they fared in this fantastic race at Epsom’s August Afternoon Racing at Epsom Downs Racecourse last time out in 2019 (ordered by saddlecloth number):
- Little Boy Blue (GB) – third-place finish – 7/2 starting price – weighing in at 9-11 – ridden by jockey Thore Hammer Hansen and trained by Bill Turner
- Poyle Vinnie (GB) – sixth-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 9-10 – ridden by jockey James Sullivan and trained by Ruth Carr
- Count Otto (IRE) – second-place finish – 5/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-10 – ridden by jockey Pat Dobbs and trained by Amanda Perrett
- Mokaatil (GB) – first-place finish – 10/1 starting price – weighing in at 9-6 – ridden by jockey Angus Villiers and trained by Ian Williams
- Thegreatestshowman (GB) – fourth-place finish – 11/4 starting price – weighing in at 9-3 – ridden by jockey Jack Mitchell and trained by Amy Murphy
- Harrogate (IRE) – Non-Runner – starting price N/A – weighing in at 8-12 – ridden by jockey Charlie Bennett and trained by Jim Boyle
- Dizzy G (IRE) – fifth-place finish – 9/2 starting price – weighing in at 8-9 – ridden by jockey Harrison Shaw and trained by Karl Burke
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Odds for The Class 3 Epsom Handicap Flat Race ranged from 11/4 for the race favourite Thegreatestshowman up to 10/1 for the longest outsider Mokaatil last time out.
In fact, it was 10/1 outsider Mokaatil that finished in first place, turning £10 outright backing stakes into £110 in returns, £100 in profits for all the punters that had faith in the least-likely competitor.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The Class 3 Epsom Handicap Flat Race at The Epsom August Afternoon Racing, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
(2020 edition abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic)
The winner of The Class 3 Epsom Handicap Flat Race last time out at The Epsom August Afternoon Racing was 10/1 priced Mokaatil, ridden by jockey Angus Villiers and trained by Ian Williams.
5/1 priced Count Otto finished just half a length behind Mokaatil in second place, followed by 7/2 priced second-favourite Little Boy Blue in third place and 11/4 priced race favourite Thegreatestshowman in fourth.
At The Epsom August Afternoon Racing meeting in 2018, The Class 3 Epsom Handicap Flat Race was won by 7/4 priced race favourite Desert Frost, ridden by jockey Rossa Ryan and trained by Saeed bin Suroor.
7/2 third-favourite Highland Acclaim finished just three-quarters of a length behind Desert Frost in second place, followed by 13/2 priced Mont Kiara in third place and 8/1 priced Ashpan Sam in fourth.
11/2 priced Highland Acclaim won The Class 3 Epsom Handicap Flat Race at Epsom Downs Racecourse in 2017, ridden by jockey Harry Bentley and trained by David O’Meara.
4/1 race favourite Handytalk finished just a length behind Highland Acclaim in second place, followed by 8/1 priced Poet’s Society in third place and 9/2 joint second-favourite Coronation Day in fourth.
Back in 2016, the winner of The Class 3 Epsom Handicap Flat Race at The Epsom August Afternoon Racing meeting was 6/1 priced third-favourite Highland Acclaim, ridden by jockey Harry Bentley and trained by David O’Meara.
8/1 priced Ashpan Sam finished just a neck behind Highland Acclaim in second place, followed by 3/1 race favourite Highly Sprung in third place and 10/1 priced Under Siege in fourth.