Stratum’s Siren Spot On For Highway Handicap – Trainer Luke Pepper

 Last start Wagga winner Stratum’s Siren is primed to run a big race in Saturday’s Highway Handicap at Rosehill.

Up-and-coming Canberra trainer Luke Pepper says Stratum Siren’s two runs at the Wagga carnival were super — culminating in a CL3 win as hot favourite.

“She is a terrific little mare and is spot on for Saturday’s race,” Pepper says.

“The only query will be a heavy track should that eventuate. The only wet track she has faced was the soft 6 she won on at Wagga, but she got through that well.

“So all signs say she should handle it … but obviously you never know until you have run on a heavy.”

Pepper says Stratum’s Siren “has been set for the Highway Handicap the whole way through” and third-up at the 1400m looks ideal.

“She is pretty much the ideal little race mare, she does everything right and is easy to train.

“She is not a very big; she’s stocky but she is very relaxed and does what she has to do on the track and is like that in her races.

“She doesn’t overrace and sits off the bridle and then has that electrifying turn of foot.

“We are really looking forward to Saturday’s race and Travis Wolfgram will ride.”

Pepper has won a Highway Handicap with Appoint Percy and Canberra trainers generally have a terrific strike rate in Highway races.


Pepper’s stable star Hill Spy has been in the paddock for a brief freshen and all going well will be set for a first-up tilt at the ‘Newmarket of the bush’ — the $160,000 Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton in July.

“Hill Spy’s run in the Wagga Town Plate was super – he had his chance to win and just found a couple better on the day – but he was right there at the finish," Pepper says.

“He is a horse in the right spot at the moment …

“We take real good care of him and space his runs and the Ramornie looks a nice race for him.

“He’d be getting into that type of contest on the minimum and a big speed race suits his racing style.

“He races great fresh and has not lost much fitness. He’s been on the treadmill and will be back in the stable on Monday.

“If all goes to plan we give him a jump out here before he heads up — just to finish him off.”