Strapper Karen Ussher takes the Robert Smerdon-trained Shamal Wind for a walk.Strapper Karen Ussher takes the Robert Smerdon-trained Shamal Wind for a walk. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

It’s said that on most mornings around 1.30 a beam of light came be seen from barn one in the Caulfield stables of Aquanita. It signals  the start of a long day for one of the stable’s most energetic employees, Karen Ussher.