Craig Williams rides favourite Epingle in the Launceston Cup. Picture courtesy of www.news.com Getty Images/Graham Denholm
Trained by Mick Kent, Epingle is looking to become the first horse since Peter Moody’s Zacielo a decade ago to win the Hobart and Launceston Cups double. If successful, the six year-old-mare will earn connections a $100,000 bonus for winning Tasmania’s premier staying races.
A last start winner of the Hobart Cup by three-lengths, Epingle has gone up 2kg to 56kg for the 150th running of the Group 3 Launceston Cup. The daughter of Pins has won four of 24 starts and been placed on 11 other occasions. It’s her third start over 2400m, having won and been placed over the distance at two previous attempts. She’ll again be ridden by Craig Williams, who must overcome the second-widest gate (12).
Her main danger is Tasmanian tyro, Geegees Blackflash , who will carry saddle-cloth number one as the 60kg topweight. The seven-year-old, who has done all his racing (52 starts) in the ‘apple-aisle’ is lining up in his fourth Launceston Cup. John Luttrell’s gallant gelding won this race last year, finished second in 2012 and third in 2011. Victory for the old-stager would take his stakes earnings past the $1m mark.
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