Canberra Trainer Luke Pepper Records First Sydney Quinella

Canberra trainer Luke Pepper quinelled the final race at Canterbury on Wednesday much to the delight a large contingent of owners. Viceroy ($3.2) just nudged out Erins Zar ($13.0) in a tight go and Pepper said the win was well deserved. “We got Viceroy as a tried horse and he hasn’t put a foot wrong,” he said. “He hadn’t shown a lot on wet tracks and we were a bit worried when the rain came, but I just said to Hughie (jockey Hugh Bowman) ‘you just go and ride him as he is’ — and the ride won the race. “The second horse was a huge ride too (Canberra’s Simon Miller), so it was great to get the quinella; a first in town for the stable. “We’ve spaced Viceroy’s preparation and the two runs in town have been very unlucky. Obviously, last start there was a fall and he got caught up in it. “He’s a lovely horse and a stable favourite. He’s like a big kid at home and for him to come up here and win for a great group of owners is awesome. “These boys haven’t had much luck with runners in town. We came up with a little mare once — Stratum’s Siren — and she was favourite in a Highway. But the rains came and she slipped over in the enclosure. “It was a day with big plans that all went wrong.” Hugh Bowman said it was a great effort by Luke Pepper and the stable. “Luke places his horses well. He probably doesn’t have too many up to the standard of coming to the city, but when he does they inevitably run well. “For him to run first and second is a great credit to him and his whole yard.”