Consommateur's Epona Stakes
Mar 19, 2017
The Epona Stakes has been run at Group 3 level on just six occasions and Michael Kent has trained two of its winners - Scratchy Bottom in 2015 and on Saturday Consommateur was able to add her name to the 1900m contest's honour roll.
And she did so in style, settling back along the rails, travelling nicely in the demanding conditions for Dwayne Dunn. Into the straight the field panned and she was able to quickly make up ground on the inside of the leaders, hitting the front with 100m to go and racing away to win by an impressive 2 3/4 lengths.
It was win number three from just six starts for the promising New Zealand bred four-year-old who is yet to miss a placing.
A mare who has always shaped as though ground would suit, Consommateur was stepping up to the trip for the first time having been a big winner over 1500m at her previous start in midweek company at Sandown - on a leader's track that day the only swooper to salute.
Michael Kent was delighted to pull of an Epona Stakes win with Consommateur with the race having been in his mind for some time - "she appreciates give in the ground so we thought we'd come up here and hope for a soft track."
Of course Rosehill was more than soft and Consommateur relished the heavy going having also won her maiden at Yarra Valley in similar conditions - and aboard that day was Dwayne Dunn.
"I am fortunate enough to have won on her before so I know a bit about her," he said, noting that everything went well during the race.
"Things could not have gone better from a sticky gate (ten of 11) and she handled the wet really well."
"She is a mare with good staying potential."
And Kent agrees, looking forward to trying her over slightly longer over 2000m during the upcoming Adelaide carnival but confident that the best will be seen of Consommateur down the track - "she will be all the better next time around."
A daughter of the Red Ransom stallion Roc de Cambes who raced well in elite company in Japan, Consommateur is a half-sister to the stakes placed Single Act from the family of big race winners Magic Of Sydney and Daney Boy. She is a descendant of famed matriarch Eulogy - also ancestress of Saturday's Group One Rosehill Guineas winner Gingernuts.