Epaulette brilliant in 10,000

| May 25, 2013

EpauletteA blinding early pace by Buffering and Your Song set up the Doomben 10000 for a backmarker to finish on and it was Peter Snowden’s talented colt Epaulette who burst through the field to score.

The winning margin was a broadening two lengths to last year’s winner Sea Siren, who boxed on well to pip Buffering for third.

“They put it on for us. It was set up for a backmarker, they went ridiculous speed,” trainer Peter Snowden said.

“I was just worried that we’d lose touch of them, but coming to the corner I was quietly confident.”

Epaulette, a Group One winner of the Golden Rose in the spring, was brought into the race fresh off two runs against elite company in Sydney last month.

An outstanding first-up second to superstar Black Caviar was followed by an even sixth in the All Aged behind another star three-year-old, All Too Hard.

Snowden said, upon reflection, the All Aged run was not as bad as it seemed.

“I just think I might have made a mistake with him in between the two runs, maybe I did a little too much with him,” Snowden said.

“But in saying that, that was the best open-company race we’d had all year and he got beat 2-1/2 lengths and we thought it was a bad run, so against the best company in Australia, I don’t think it’s such a bad run after all.”

The 10,000 is Brisbane’s feature weight-for-age sprint and offers $650,000 in prize money.

Epaulette ($6) and many of his 10,000 rivals will now go on to the $1 million Stradbroke, run under handicap conditions, at Eagle Farm in a fortnight.

“Probably his best runs have been while he’s very fresh and I’ll be mindful of that now in the next two weeks,” Snowden said.

“He’s got a dynamic turn of foot when he is fresh and we need to have that with us in a fortnight.”

It was the second 10,000 victory for Snowden, who prepared Beaded in 2011, while it was the first triumph in the race for McEvoy.

“He’s been a horse who’s had a heap of talent, but as a jockey I’ve felt he hasn’t quite applied himself 100 per cent at times and today was just fantastic.

“I wasn’t travelling at all through the first couple of furlongs … it always makes it hard to judge how your horse is going when they’re going so quick, but he hadn’t done any work in the run and he let go with a solid last 400.

“He’s a well-bred individual and that just sets him up now.”

The victory of Epaulette continues the dominance of three-year-olds against the older horses this season and joins the likes of Group One winners Pierro, All Too Hard, Your Song, Fiveandahalfstar, Super Cool and Shamexpress.

Jim Cassidy, who is still searching for his 100th Group One success, said Sea Siren ($17) was game in defeat in her first run for new owners Coolmore.

“Once she gets back on a track when she’s going to get hard footing she’ll accelerate … she’s not done yet,” Cassidy said.

Brisbane’s bulldog sprinter Buffering ($7), meanwhile, had to settle for yet another Group One placing.

“Obviously he had to do a fair bit of work early in the race but I did get a breather mid-race … I had my chances, there were no excuses,” jockey Damian Browne said.

The blue-blooded Your Song ($3.30), who will head to stud next season, was out to replicate his dominant seven-length win in the BTC Cup a fortnight ago.

He was forced to work early to cross from a wide barrier and the effort told in the end as he weakened into sixth.


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