Epingle - a great little mare!

Apr 25, 2015

Already a dual Gr.3 winner in Tasmania evergreen mare Epingle added a third success at that level to her resume with a gutsy performance in Saturday's Chairman's Handicap at the Gold Coast.

Losing her on pace position when the pace stepped up before the turn, Epingle was coolly ridden by Hugh Bowman who didn't panic - the high class rider allowing his charge to stay balanced.

And what great heart she showed over the final stages, wearing down her rivals with her ears pinned right back - she wanted that win and she got it!

Saluting by half a length, Epingle recorded the sixth victory of her consistent 33 start career, one that has seen her amass over $710,000 in stakes.

A winner from three to seven, Epingle won last year's Launceston and Hobart Cups and she has also been in the placings at stakes level on six occasions including game seconds in the last two runnings of the Sandown Classic.

"She has been a great little mare," said a proud Michael Kent who was surprised by the generous double figure odds on offer.

"I thought she'd be second favourite!"

"She hadn't raced for six weeks but she had been going well and she has just thrived up here."

Describing her as "a natural stayer" who "has not always had the best of luck," Kent said that Epingle "is a light little thing who doesn't need much work."

A $180,000 purchase at the 2009 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, Epingle is a daughter of outstanding New Zealand based stallion Pins and the Listed winning Zabeel mare Etoile du Nord.

Hailing from a strong international family, Epingle has as her fourth dam the US Gr.1 winner Tallahto, dam of Santa Anita Oaks winner Hidden Light, in turn dam of the Gr.1 miler Artie Schiller.

Ancestress of this family is the acclaimed matriarch Frizette, ancestress of such successful stallions as Mr Prospector, Seattle Slew, Shecky Greene and Lomond.