Duel-purpose maestro, Jessica Harrington hasn’t had Pepperoni Pete for that long, to be exact only twice has this son of Zoffany has raced under the attentive care of the Commonstown Stables handler.
Harrington will almost unquestionably bring out more improvement in this ‘lad’ were others have failed. The majority of this 3-year-old’s racing was done when trained by Ger Lyons. One win in eleven starts; isn’t a great record to have, though to his credit he has ran well numerous of times in defeat to suggest he is a horse with potential, just finding the all-important key is the fundamental problem to his progression.
On all-weather debut at Dundalk stadium last Friday night (in the 8.45pm race) the horse really showed plenty of noticeably gusto for the artificial surface; from the outset of the extended one mile, 2 furlongs race Harrington’s new recruit was seemingly cruising on the bridle, something beforehand he has been struggling in-doing.
Hitting the furlong pole, he hit an in-running betting price of 1/4, then perhaps he just got swooped by the fast-finshers; a slight drop back in trip could be the game-changer going forward with this horse who seemed totally invigorated by the unique surface. (Watch the replay – Click here)
Some horses are favoured by the artificial surface, others hate it; from the evidence of Pepperoni Pete debut close 3rd place effort; I think it’s safe to say this horse will pay its way here at this Co. Louth venue over their winter series. Has Harrington found the key already to his progression? It appears so. Pepperoni Pete looks a winner next time out, without a penalty. He is one to note.