The connections of Epingle are $100,000 better off after a masterful ride by Craig Williams in yesterday’s Launceston Cup, but punters were cheering the ‘TattsBet Bonus’ horse home as well.
Epingle landed a decent plunge with TattsBet, starting popular elect at $1.90 after being $2.50 earlier in the day.
In addition to the $225,000 prizemoney on offer, Victorian trainer Mick Kent and Epingle’s owners will equally share in the $100,000 bonus offered for winning the Hobart-Launceston Cups double.
The Cups Double Bonus, an initiative of Australia’s leading sports betting provider TattsBet, was an added attraction for interstate connections to have a tilt at both events.
Following yesterday’s triumph, Epingle became the first horse in a decade to complete the Tassie double, with Zacielo (2004) and St Andrews (2002) the only successful horses since Brallos’ did consecutively in 1976 and 1977.
TattsBet’s Mick Edwards said they were delighted to see Epingle’s connections rewarded for making the journey across the Strait.
“As a proud supporter of Tasmanian racing, it’s fantastic to see the positive impact this initiative has had on the profile of the two feature races, with some of the strongest fields in recent years. There was significant interstate interest from trainers and owners in the racing carnival and nine out of 25 acceptors across the two Cups had interstate connections.”
Tasracing chief executive officer Dr Eliot Forbes said yesterday’s race meeting in terms of field sizes and field quality was excellent.
“It was one of the best days of thoroughbred racing in Tasmania for many years, attracting strong interstate and local interest,” he said.
“The $100,000 TattsBet bonus certainly played a key role in this. And trainer Mick Kent and Epingle demonstrated that with the right horse, the Hobart and Launceston cups double in the one year is achievable.
“I expect that Tasmanian and interstate-based trainers will now be taking a long hard look at the cups double in future years.”
Mr Edwards added that the increased profile of the event didn’t just benefit the racing industry.
Steve Old, General Manager Tasmanian Hotels Association, agreed: “Events like this are a fillip for our industry, showcasing Tasmania to the rest of the country. I’ve had great feedback from members, with many hotels and restaurants around town booked solid as visitors from out of town and interstate come to take part.”
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