Sigley Quickly On The Board by The Gurkha
Former jockey Vaughan Sigley didn’t take long to register his first win of the season at the KBRC after Flip McCool won a deceptive finish over Red Destiny in the BOC Mining Maiden (1600 metres).
Renee Forrest led all of the way on Flip McCool but was challenged right on the line by Red Destiny and Eddie Creighton but the inside horse bobbed and got the verdict by a nose.
Sigley who enjoyed his biggest success in horse racing when he trained Rohan to win the G 2 WATC Derby at Ascot in April, sent Flip McCool and Bear Trader to Kalgoorlie and the pair were saddled up by Stephen Miller.
Bear Trader ran a creditable fourth in the last race of the day.
“They both ran well. I thought Flip McCool had just been beaten so when the numbers went up we were genuinely surprised.” Sigley told The Gurkha.
“He is tough sort of a horse who just keeps whacking away. He was dropping back in trip and had fitness on his side.”
“Bear Trader was probably a little unlucky and was just held up at a crucial stage. He didn’t handle the trip to Kalgoorlie as well as Flip McCool so they can both stay up there with Peter Fernie.”
“Both horses are up for sale so if there is any interest in either of them, give me a call!”
Sigley rode in Kalgoorlie for a season for Wayne and Glenn Forrest many years ago and always keeps an eye on the local racing scene.
“I have been planning to come up to Kalgoorlie for quite a while so to get a winner with my first starter was very satisfying.”
Surprisingly, Sigley will be aiming to start his star galloper Rohan in the Belmont Guineas at Belmont Park on June 23 and then the Strickland Stakes on July 7.
“He does really well in the paddock and we decided to give him a quick winter preparation, before aiming him at the big Festival races with the Perth Cup his main target.”