She Zar To Kick Off A Big Weekend For Canberra Trainer Luke Pepper
Up-and-coming Canberra trainer Luke Pepper will have runners at three venues Friday to Sunday and is coming off his best ever season.
Pepper has been striking close to 20% — a good figure by any measure.
She Zar will take all sorts of beating at in Race 2 Canberra (Friday) coming off a 6.5L win at the venue two weeks ago. The Zariz mare looks well-placed with Brock Ryan’s 2kg claim and again the heavy surface will suit..
Also sired by Zariz, Erins Zar lines up for the same connections in Race 4 and is another capable wet-tracker who got caught in the wrong part of the track when placing second as favourite at Canberra also two weeks ago.
He runs into the Nick Olive-trained Saint Cheval who also looks a galloper with potential, but is sure to give the race a shake all the same.
“She Zar is a fast little Zariz galloper and the programming at Canberra has worked out perfectly for her,” Pepper says.
“She’s as tough as nails and is just in a purple patch — and as we know these mares that are going good just keep performing.
“Erins Zar is a very immature horse physically and mentally, but he’s doing a good job at the same time and I think without doubt he will be a better horse next time in.”
On Saturday one of Pepper’s stable stars Appoint Percy resumes in Race 9 at Rosehill.
“He’s drawn an awkward gate, but is in great order and we have to start somewhere,” Pepper says.
“He’s pretty untapped this horse and he has a ton of ability. He’s young and lightly-raced and we are really looking forward to his campaign.
“He’s a horse that will likely get to 2000m this time in and will probably need the run, but he’s pretty wound up all the same."
On Sunday Pepper travels to Wagga for the Open sprint with the well-performed Hill Spy where - like She Zar on Friday - he rates to win.
“Hill Spy is going absolutely super,” Pepper says.
“We took him all the way to Grafton for the Ramornie, but he didn't gain a start. It was then on to Coffs Harbour for the big sprint up there, but it got rained out.
“He’s come home and this looks a nice little race for him. His form at Wagga is excellent and Richard Bensley will ride.
“Prior to the northern trip he'd had a small break following the Wagga Town Plate and then a couple of jump outs and he’s ready to fire on Sunday.
“He’ll probably have a spell after that so we can have him ready for the Town Plate next year.
“There’s no doubt he’s a good enough horse to win a Saturday race and we’ll also look to that in the summer when the better spring horses are out.”