THERE have been big days for trainer Vaughn Sigley in a lifetime spent in racing, but none as big as what presents tomorrow at Ascot.
Yes, Sigley, a jockey come trainer, has saddled up Group 1 runners before. Yes, he’s won feature races—the G2 WA Derby (Rohan, 2012), G2 Lee Steere Stakes (Black Heart Bart, 2015) and a bunch of black type races.
And, yes, as an apprentice rider, he partnered champion West Australian Placid Ark to win the G3 Bobbie Lewis Stakes at Flemington in 1988. It would prove to be the last start in a career that saw Placid Ark win 14 of his 21 starts, including Melbourne’s renowned autumn Group 1 sprint treble—the 1987 Lightning Stakes, Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap.
“He (Placid Ark) broke down after the Bobbie Lewis,” Sigley recalled.
(Placid Ark, by the way, is remembered on Super Saturday, with the G1X.com.au Placid Ark Stakes, with Perth’s dominant team of Bob Peters and William Pike saddling up the $2 favourite, Celebrity Dream.)
Sigley had never such a big hand on such a big day—Perth racing’s Super Saturday. He’ll saddle up Black Heart Bart, the $5 third favourite behind Delicacy ($4.20) and Real Love ($4.80) in CrownBet’s latest market for the $1 million G1 Railway Stakes (1600 m) as well as Magnifisio ($8) and Dawn Approach ($61) in the G1 $750,000 Winterbottom Stakes (1200 m).
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