Tasmanian Double for Epingle
Feb 27, 2014
Only a handful of horses have claimed the lucrative Hobart/Launceston Cup double – one which this year provided winning connections with a $100,000 bonus.
And the double had not been taken out for a decade – that is until yesterday when in-form mare Epingle charged home from well back to win the Group Three Launceston Cup in easy fashion.
Having won the Group Three Hobart Cup by a stunning three lengths, the six-year-old was sent out a hot favourite at Launceston and she won as her price suggested she would.
Getting back to the rear from her wide gate, Epingle travelled sweetly for Craig Williams – the pair taking off out wide from before the turn.
Charging home down the centre of the track, Epingle won by just short of a length with plenty in hand – much to the delight of Michael Kent who has always had plenty of time for the well related daughter of Pins.
“She is a mare who has always promised,” he said.
“I have always said that she had a good race in her one day.”
“She has thrived down here,” he added, saying that Epingle would enjoy five quiet days in a paddock before flying home to Melbourne enroute to Sydney where the Epona Stakes looks an ideal lead-up to the Sydney Cup.
Thrilled with Epingle’s form over trips – she has raced three times at 2400m for her two Tasmanian Cup victories and a Sandown Classic second to Sertorius – Kent is confident that there is more to ome.
“She will take a bit from this trip and improve again.”
Jockey Craig Williams, enjoying his first Launceston Cup win, said that it was “a privilege” to ride Epingle.
“What I love about her is that when she gets to the front and she feels them coming she just lays her ears back and extends.”
Despite giving his rivals such a start, Williams was confident throughout the race.
“There was plenty of pace on. I just had to trust in the mare and she delivered again.”
“She has always been a nice horse,” he continued, “and now she has matured.”
Raced by long time stable client Rick Jamieson, Epingle has won five of her 25 starts with a further 11 placings to her credit. She has amassed over $500,000 in stakes and as a dual Group Three winner – with hopefully more to come – she has secured her future as a valuable broodmare.