Dundeel Colt Epimeles Triumphs in Anzac Day Stakes

Mark Smith - Thursday April 25

A plan formulated when Epimeles made a winning debut at Sandown-Lakeside on March 27 paid off when the son 2-year-old son of Dundeel kept his unbeaten record intact in the Listed Anzac Day Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

Epimeles has an exciting future (image Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

Ridden by John Allen for Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, Epimeles had the favourite Feroce in his sights at the 300m and went straight on by before holding the challenge of the Churchill (IRE) colt Narbold by one and three-quarter lengths with the Ardrossan gelding Yaldi back in third.

After his debut win, Natalie Young identified the Anzac Day Stakes as a suitable target for the Seymour Bloodstock colour bearer.

John Allen said the son of Dundeel can win a good race in the spring.

“He was very professional today. He has a great attitude and relaxed beautifully; he is a very exciting horse,” Allen said.

“He was always travelling well and responded every time I put him under pressure.”

Ohukia Lodge/Mark Pilkington Management (FBAA) purchased Epimeles from the Evergreen Stud Farm draft for $130,000 at the 2023 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

A chip off the block (image Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

He is the first foal of the winning Redoute’s Choice mare Apicius, a three-quarter sister to the Champion Griffin in Hong Kong in 2014-15, Thewizardofoz and a half-sister to stakes winner Oz Empress (Exceed And Excel) and Group III-placed Key (Exceed And Excel).

Apicius is a daughter of Vanilla Empress (Lonhro), a half-sister to multiple Group III winner Argentia (Frankel) out of the Champion 3YO Filly in NZ. Champion Older Female & Stayer in NZ, 4-time Group 1 winner Princess Coup (Encosta de Lago).

Epimeles a $130,000 Magic Millions yearling

Apicius has a yearling colt by So You Think, who left the ring unsold at the Adelaide Magic Millions after failing to find a buyer willing to meet his $50,000 reserve.

After foaling an Ole Kirk filly last spring, the daughter of Redoute’s Choice was covered by Maurice (JPN).


Race Result - Anzac Day Stakes LR 1400m

Flemington Track: Good(4) Time: 1:23.58
- 2c Dundeel (NZ) x Apicius (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Tnr: T Busuttin & N Young Rdr: John Allen 55
MM Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale $0
Seller: Baystone Farm, Gnarwarre, Vic (As Agent)
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $130,000
Seller: Evergreen Stud Farm, Heatherbrae, NSW (As Agent)
Buyer: Ohukia Lodge/Mark Pilkington Management (FBAA)
- 2c Churchill (IRE) x Noblest (GB) (Pivotal (GB))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: Craig Williams 54
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $0
Seller: Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre
Buyer: Withdrawn
- 2g Ardrossan (AUS) x Luroel (NZ) (Per Incanto (USA))
Tnr: Andrew Forsman Rdr: M J Dee 54
NZB Karaka Book 2 $50,000
Seller: Little Avondale Stud
Buyer: Bruce Perry Bloodstock (BAFNZ)
- 2g Super Seth (AUS) x Corinthia (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: Dominic Sutton Rdr: W Egan 57
Rue De Royale
- 2c Per Incanto (USA) x Urban Royal (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: T & C McEvoy Rdr: Damian Lane 60
- 2g Grunt (NZ) x Kovello (AUS) (Helmet (AUS))
Tnr: P G Moody & Katherine Coleman Rdr: Will Price 54
Sneaky Sunrise
- 2f The Autumn Sun (AUS) x Schifty Thinker (AUS) (So You Think (NZ))
Tnr: Ben, Will & Jd Hayes Rdr: D W Stackhouse 54
Yes Lulu
- 2f Yes Yes Yes (AUS) x Luluoru (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Tnr: C Maher Rdr: H Coffey 54
- 2g Nostradamus (AUS) x Sparkling Miss (AUS) (Artie Schiller (USA))
Tnr: Ms J Beriman Rdr: Jamie Kah 54
- 2c Shalaa (IRE) x Occitan (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Tnr: Liam Howley Rdr: D Moor 54
Sea Me Dance
- 2f Ocean Park (NZ) x Danza Kuduro (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
Tnr: P G Moody & Katherine Coleman Rdr: Ms L J Meech 54
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