Te Akau Shark Opens Epsom Favourite

Kiwi star Te Akau Shark is the opening favourite for the $1 milion Epsom Handicap after flashing home for second in the Tramway Stakes at Randwick last Saturday.

Te Akau Shark
Te Akau Shark  Picture: Trish Dunell

Te Akau Shark has opened the $5 'All In' favourite at TAB to win the Epsom at Randwick on October 5 after the announcement of official nominations.

The Jamie Richards-trained five-year-old gelding has won five of his eight career starts including a six lengths victory in the G2 Couplands Bakeries Mile at Te Rapa in New Zealand last November.

Two of the feature winners from last Saturday at Randwick, Tramway Stakes winner Dreamforce and Chelmsford Stakes victor Samadoubt, occupy the second and third line of Epsom betting at $6 and $8 respectively.

Happy Clapper, winner of the 2017 Epsom and 2018 Doncaster over the Randwick mile, is an $11 chance with the Chris Waller-trained Kolding, victorious in last June's Queensland Guineas at Eagle Farm over 1600 metres.

Girl Tuesday was third to Samadoubt and Avilius in last Saturday's Chelmsford Stakes and has opened an $11 'All In' equal favourite for The Metropolitan with this year's ATC Australian Oaks runner-up Scarlet Dream and the Team Hawkes-trained Supernova.

Boom Anthony Cummings-trained filly Libertini is the $2.25 'All In' favourite for the Flight Stakes with Flit and Funstar regarded the biggest dangers at $6.

2019 Epsom Handicap

$5           Te Akau Shark

$6           Dreamforce

$8           Samadoubt

$11         Happy Clapper, Kolding

$15         Avantage, Best Of Days, Cascadian, Hartnell, Verry Elleegant

$26+      Others Quoted

2019 Metropolitan

$11         Girl Tuesday, Scarlet Dream, Supernova

$15         Angel Of Truth, Come Play With Me, Finche, Haripour, Our Candidate, Youngstar

$26+      Others Quoted

2019 Flight Stakes

$2.25     Libertini

$6           Flit, Funstar

$11         Probabeel, Subpoenaed

$15         Lyre, Tenley, Villami

$26+      Others Quoted

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