By Tony Megahey
South coast feature race specialists Paul Murray and Luke Pepper dominated Monday’s Moruya Cup Showcase meeting.
Kembla’s Paul Murray, son of the late great Bede Murray, a prolific regional cups winner, continued family traditions, combining with Jeff Penza for a winning treble.
They were successful in an early maiden with promising Case, then in a class three with Direct Strategy, and finally in the last with another favourite in Can’t Find Snippy to have punters celebrating.
Pepper, 36 a Moruya local, who rose to prominence as the travelling companion and track work rider for internationally acclaimed Take Over Target, won another Town Plate with veteran Hello Schumann.
ACT based Pepper was just a half- length short of another regional Cups double when his rising stayer Marquee was an unlucky second in the North Ryde RSL Community Club Moruya Cup to Richard Clarke’s Coolcat Dancer.
Marquee won the Narooma Cup three weeks ago. Pepper in 2011 and 2012, won the Narooma and Moruya Cups double with accomplished mare Ilringya and then moved to the ACT to extend his stables and clientele.
Marquee will follow the same path to the upcoming lucrative Bega Cup at the Sapphire Coast track.
“It was just a super run from the extreme outside,” Pepper said. “Matthew Cahill came back to scale and said if we draw anywhere decent we win.
“We’ll go ahead to the Bega Cup now, that’s was always the plan.
“If Hello Schumann pulls up okay, we’ll take him to the Town Plate as well. With age, though he’s had his problems, we tried some different methods to get him interested, even resorted to some jumping. Our young apprentice, Jody Hughes has been super with the old boy. He responds to her and he won like a rejuvenated galloper."