Pepper Looking To Give Wagga A Shake
Up-and-coming Canberra trainer Luke Pepper is having his best-ever season and will have a strong hand at the Wagga Cup carnival which kicks off on Thursday.
Pepper will line up Hill Spy in the $100,000 Wagga Town Plate with leading Sydney hoop Brenton Avdulla in the saddle.
Hill Spy comes off a close-up fifth to Daytona Grey in the Listed Manihi Classic (1100m) at Morphettville coming from last at the turn.
The ex Victorian was very well-performed as a youngster and has now had eight starts for Pepper for two wins and three seconds.
Pepper says the stable has found the key to Hill Spy and expects him to run a mighty race on Thursday.
“He’ll get back, but they usually go hard up front in the in the Town Plate so this will suit him down to the ground,” Pepper says.
Canberra’s Unanimously will also line up in the Town Plate and the compressed weights suit the Matt Dale-trained galloper.
At his latest start Unanimously did not have much luck in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes at Caulfield and Dale says that will have topped him off nicely for the Town Plate — a race the galloper has won twice before.
Unanimously has been posted by TAB Fixed Odds as a ($4.80) second favourite in the race behind the Paul Murray-trained Sure And Fast ($3.50).
Hill Spy is on the fourth line of betting at ($8.00).
Pepper’s other runner on Thursday is Marquee in the Hillis Motor Group Handicap (1600m) and he will also be ridden by Brenton Avdulla.
Pepper says it is best to forgive Marquee’s last two starts in Queensland.
“He had no luck and the track didn’t suit him.
“He’s a horse that needs to be ridden quietly so he will get back at Wagga and will be much more at home on the roomier track.”