Just seven days after her enormous effort in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday, Pepperano will head north to the Sunshine Coast for the $150,000 Racing Minister’s 2YO Classic (1200m).
Trainer Liam Birchley doesn’t think the quick back-up will affect the filly, confident she’ll be even fitter on Saturday.
“We ran her at Toowoomba 10 days before the Millions because she needed a lead in,” he told Sky Racing.
“She had done too well in the paddock.
“But I still reckon she still had a bit of fitness to find going into the Millions.”
Pepperano found herself three-deep after jumping from barrier 12 in the Magic Millions Classic on Saturday but did a lot of work to deliver a cheeky runner-up finish, three quarters of a length behind Le Chef, despite little luck in the race.
“It was again a case of barriers telling the tale. The winner started from three and had a perfect run while we came from barrier 12 and had no luck,” Birchley said.
The filly is one of 15 two-year-olds set to run at the Sunshine Coast this Saturday, jumping from the more desirable barrier six with Damian Browne to ride once more.
She is unsurprisingly the betting favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au with her price firming to $2.50 after opening at $2.80. While she faces competition from the likes of Group 3 BJ McLachlan Plate (1200m) winner Mishani Honcho ($5) and First National Handicap (1200m) runner-up Real Good ($6.50), no one can look past the gutsy 2015 Magic Millions Classic runner-up.
Pepperano pocketed her connections $400,000 last Saturday and could take home a further $220,000 this Saturday due to QTIS scheme and Magic Millions bonuses.
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