Eptimum takes on Houtzen in Coolmore

Oct 30, 2017

Eptimum came to Melbourne as a travelling companion for Houtzen and will now go head-to-head with his stablemate in Saturday’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.

Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds said on Sunday that Eptimum would be nominated for the feature Derby Day sprint following his dominant win in the Red Anchor Stakes at Moonee Valley.

“I’m very happy with the way that he has pulled up this morning and the way he has come through his win, so we will nominate and see how he is in the next couple of days but it’s likely we will run,” Edmonds said.

Eptimum’s rise through the grades this preparation has been meteoric, winning a maiden at Ballarat in late September before a solid BM70 win at Bendigo and then a Group 3 triumph on Saturday.

Edmonds had initially earmarked Eptimum as a horse who’d be targeted towards the Magic Millions carnival at the Gold Coast in January and while that is still on the agenda, running in the Coolmore has now been added to his schedule.

"He is here in Melbourne, he is fit and obviously racing well so if he continues to show us he has taken no harm from the run then we might as well have a crack,” Edmonds said.

Houtzen returned to Melbourne following her run in The Everest and had a jump-out at Flemington down the straight on Friday morning.

Jeff Lloyd will continue his association with Houtzen while Ryan Maloney will get the opportunity in the Group 1 aboard Eptimum after winning all three races on him this campaign.