Epsilon stars at debut

The evergreen Sequalo looks to have another very nice filly in the shape of Epsilon - stunning debut winner at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

Always well regarded by trainer Tony Gollan, the imposing two-year-old was warmly supported into favouritism in the 850m 2Y0 Maiden and she didn't give her rivals a look-in at any stage.

Easily mustering speed to take an early lead, Epsilon gave a kick at the top of the straight and under hands and heels riding was able to draw clear to an impressive 4.8 length victory in class record time.

Also going close to the track record for the trip, Epsilon pleased Gollan who had been expecting a bold performance.

"We thought she would be hard to beat as she had been showing enormous ability at home," he enthused.

Bred by Eureka Thoroughbreds who retained a share after she was sold to Tony Gollan and agent Cameron Cooke for $50,000 at last year's Magic Millions QTIS 600 sale at the Gold Coast, Epsilon is raced by a large and enthusiastic group consisting of Paulette Gollan, Brian Siemsen, Paul Kirkwood, Terrence Mcclurg, the BR Allan Syndicate, the Gold Punt Syndicate (manager Gavin Pontin), the Eureak Stud Syndicate (manager Colin Macalpine) and Adrenaline Thoroughbreds (manager Michael Vincent).

A number of talented gallopers have been raced by some of Epsilon's owners - including her classy stable mates Spirit Of Boom (also by Sequalo), Temple Of Boom and the Melbourne Group One winner Douro Valley.

Epsilon was, recalled Cameron Cooke who inspected the QTIS draft with Tony Gollan, impressive from the start.

"She was built like a colt," he said.

"She had a strong shoulder, a deep girth and great hindquarters - she was a really nice filly who looked like she'd go early."

"Tony and I both said that no matter what we would not be leaving the sale without her!"

Happy to have secured her for what now looks to be a bargain price, Cooke said the filly was immediately popular - "most of her was sold before we even left the ring!"

Epsilon hails from Sequalo's 13th crop, one that has also produced the Group 3 winning Magic Millions placegetter Missy Longstocking.

"Sequalo's progeny just keep performing," said Lyndhurst's Jeff Kruger, "and it is great to see Tony with another good one as he has been a great supporter of the stallion."

Epsilon is the second last foal produced by the very good broodmare National Star who died in late 2011.

Seven of her nine progeny to race have been winners including the Group 3 winning sprinter Cosmic Strike (dam of the stakes placed Luce del Mare) and the metropolitan winners Scrubby Creek and Barrel Of Gold. Meanwhile her unraced daughter Star Maid is the dam of the Listed winner River's Lane.

The member of a speed family, Epsilon can boast amongst her relations the fast multiple stakes winners New Atlantis and New Logic.

Providing Epsilon pulls up well, she may head straight to town with an Eagle Farm race on February 9 a possibility.

Epislon (the Greek word for fifth) is named after the fifth star on the Australian flag (National Star her dam) - a fact not missed by Sunshine Coast racecaller Paul Dolan - "her name means fifth and she wins by five!"

Last modified on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 06:30

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