Feb 15, 2014
A mare who has been chasing winning black type for some time, Epingle was a deserved – and easy – winner of the Group Three Hobart Cup on Friday evening.
Stakes placed on four occasions including a game second to Sertorius in last spring’s Zipping Classic, Epingle has always shown plenty of staying talent and she relished the 2400m of Friday’s contest.
Not having the easiest of runs, Epingle chased a hot pace set up by bold frontrunner The Cleaner and, as he tired, she hit the front a fair way out.
“She had to do a lot of chasing to get to The Cleaner who is a very tough horse,” reported jockey Craig Williams who has a good affinity with the six-year-old.
“When she got to the front it might have been a bit too early – I just had to give her a reminder and she really pinned back her ears and accelerated towards the line.”
“She was very dominant,” he continued, noting that the mare gave him a terrific feeling before the race – “going to the gates she was quite full of herself.”
“She was right on song and I love the way she bounced out of the gates. She put herself into a commanding position,” said the jockey who was enjoying his third Hobart Cup success.
Michael Kent was thrilled to see Epingle break through with a Group victory – “to get that stakes win is really important,” he said.
“She is actually quite a good stayer. We hadn’t gone past ten furlongs until she ran second in the Zipping Classic and it was only her second start over a distance.”
“Now she is getting up over these trips she is starting to show her true form.”
The Hobart Cup had been postponed from the previous Sunday due to strong winds and Kent said he was “pleased we stayed.”
“They have looked after us very well down here,” he said.
“She looks great and has done very well,” he continued, adding that the Group Three Launceston Cup is Epingle’s next assignment – a $100,000 bonus on offer for the Tasmanian Cups double.
The win was part of a big night for Epingle’s owner Rick Jamieson who bred the Listed Strutt Stakes winner Spinning Jenny.
A $180,000 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale graduate, Epingle is a daughter of classy New Zealand based stallion Pins and the Listed winning Zabeel mare Etoile du Nord. She is a descendant of the influential matriarch Frizette, also ancestress of the prolific stallions Mr Prospector and Seattle Slew.