PEPPER Fire claimed a fighting victory in the Group 3 Birthday Cup (405m) at Mandurah on Friday.
It was the classy black speedster’s second win at Group level following her success in the SA Oaks in September last year.
Pepper Fire put herself into the race when she launched sweetly from the traps to share the early lead with Max Profit.
The pair were locked together down the back straight before Pepper Fire was able to gain a crucial advantage as they headed into the turn.
She edged ahead and then crossed her rival on the corner to grab a decisive break.
Despite being forced wide, Max Profit didn’t go away and he continued to pressure the leader in the run for home, but Pepper Fire was equal to the challenge.
With Max Profit breathing down her neck, Pepper Fire lifted again to put the issue beyond doubt and she rattled past the finish post to score by three-quarters of a length in 22.68sec.
Pepper Fire has 13 wins and more than $120,000 in stakes from 40 starts.