Epingle has been confirmed in a small but talented field for Saturday’s Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) at Doomben; however trainer Mick Kent is confident the classy mare is more than capable of a return to the winner’s circle.
The daughter of Pins was unable to make much of a competitive impact when ninth in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) last time out on May 9th but is a proven performer over this distance this time, having taken out the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2200m) on the Gold Coast on April 25th.
Identifying classy three-year-old and the low-weight carrier Werther as the one to beat, Kent told The Herald Sun he is pleased with the condition of Epingle and is confident she is a chance should she find good running position from barrier 5.
“The New Zealand three-year-old (Werther) is the one to beat, that’s what I reckon,” Kent said.
“He ran second in the Derby in Adelaide behind that star Perth filly (Delicacy) and I reckon that’s really strong form.
“He was a late nomination for this race and I wish they hadn’t.”
Posting six wins and a further thirteen minors over her 34 career starts so far, Epingle was a typically strong performer in 2014; winning each of the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) and Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) and placing third in the Group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes (1900m) before running on for a credible fifth in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) during The Championships.
Returning in spring in similarly competitive condition, Epingle ran fourth in each of the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m), Listed Cranbourne Cup (2025m) and Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup (2500m); returning to the paddock following an agonizingly-close second to Au Revoir in the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m).
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One of five Chris Waller-trained horses confirmed in the field of seven, Foreteller remains outright $4 favourite ahead of Moriarty ($4.20) and Werther ($4.40).
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