Randwick Success for Young Trainer

Fledgling trainer Luke Pepper’s career received a timely boost when Panderelle gave him his first city win in the P J Bell Country Championship at Randwick.

The 1400-metre race is for horses who have competed in designated races outside the metropolitan area with Panderelle coming to town after claiming last month’s Nowra Cup.
Pepper recently moved his eight-horse team from Canberra to Moruya on the NSW south coast where he mixes beach work with the training track.

The 29-year-old has held his licence for 12 months and trains exclusively for Canberra restaurateur Tony Callipari but says there is room to expand.


“I moved from Canberra to Moruya in the last couple of weeks and the horses are thriving there,” Pepper said.

“All eight horses are owned by Tony Callipari who has been a a great supporter but I’ve got room for more.”

Panderelle ($6) overhauled $2.70 favourite Slick Sniper inside the 200 metres and went on to win by a length with Gunna Happen ($6.50) another 1-3/4 lengths third.

Pepper said the opportunity to race at Randwick for $40,000 was not to be missed.

“It’s especially good for a horse like Panderelle who is up in the ratings and carrying big weights in the country,” he said.

“And it’s a big thrill to get my first city winner.

“I worked for Nick Olive in Canberra as a foreman before going out on my own and this is a great result.”

Slick Sniper’s defeat completed a bad day for trainer Tracey Bartley who was fined $1000 for improper conduct relating to an incident before last month’s Scone Cup.

A complaint was lodged by Racing NSW liaison officer Kerry Jordan after a Bartley gripe about the weights in the Scone Cup.

Slick Sniper finished out of the placings at Scone.

Panderelle’s win was the second on the program for Corey Brown who is attempting to win his second Sydney jockeys’ premiership despite having spent the autumn carnival sidelined through injury.

Brown began the day six wins behind Nash Rawiller and opened the card with victory on the Chris Waller-trained Key West.

Rawiller, who denied Brown a Group One victory on Melito in Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap when he pushed Black Piranha across the line, hit back with a win aboard the David Payne-trained Madibagold.