Mark Pegus returns to the scene of his greatest success in racing on Saturday, the 38-year-old hoop heading to Adelaide to ride Santa Ana Lane for Lee and Anthony Freedman in the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap.
Pegus, who began his apprenticeship in Victoria with Russell Cameron in 1999, and has had close to 7,700 rides since, has G1 win on his CV - the Goodwood Handicap (he won the sprint feature back in 2008 aboard the Gwenda Johnstone-trained Shadoways).
Pegus has also enjoyed big-race success with Lee Freedman, having won the Listed Morphettville Guineas in 2010 on his filly Becerra.
“It’s always good to win a big one,” Pegus said.
“You don’t think it’s that long ago; when you look at the dates you think ‘where’s all that time gone?’.
Pegus has a long and successful relationship with Lee Freedman. Prior to the Hall Of Fame trainer joining forces with brother, Pegus had 136 rides for him, for 26 wins - a strike rate of a very healthy 19 per cent.
And from three rides for Lee and Anthony, Pegus has a perfect record.
“For probably two...