A talented field of 15 has been confirmed for Saturday’s Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben Racecourse and trainer Liam Birchley is hopeful the addition of blinkers will mean the difference in success for classy filly Pepperano.
Pepperano more than stamped her claims as one to watch through he debut racing preparation in summer, highlighted by a close finish to fellow Champagne Classic acceptor Le Chef in the Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas (1200m) on January 10th.
Having returned for success in the Montezumas Caloundra Handicap (1000m) last weekend; albeit a less-than convincing display, Birchley has been thrilled with the condition of the Court Command filly but believes the addition of blinkers for her 2015 Champagne Classic assault may make for an even sharper performance.
“It didn’t exactly work out the way I thought it would. She wanted to switch off and that won’t do against the better horses on Saturday,” Birchley told AAP.
“I have put the blinkers on her to switch her on. It is a smart field and she will need them.
“She is a different type to the genuine speed horses but she has a turn of foot and I think the blinkers will bring out the best in her.”
Announcing her racing arrival with a resounding three length victory in the Capture The Feeling Handicap (11100m) at Doomben on November 22nd, Pepperano was unlucky to be blocked for a run late in the Magic Millions 2.y.o Plate (1050m) in Toowoomba in her only other start prior to the Gold Coast MM Guineas.
Rated clear favourite in the $150,000 Racing Minister’s Plate (1200m) on the Sunshine Coast a week after the Magic Millions Guineas, the filly out of Serrano was unable to handle the late pace a finished a disappointing 12th.
Allocated the ideal barrier 5 and confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Tye Angland, Pepperano is currently available at a particularly generous quote of $15 for success in the 2015 Champagne Classic with Ladbrokes.com.au.
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