SATURDAY: January 4, 2020: THE timing was right!
Co-trainers Tara and Phillipe Vigouroux knew their four-year-old Black Star Bowie was “blinkers material”, but held off putting them on until last Friday’s Muswellbrook meeting.
And their wait paid a handsome dividend.
Having only his eighth start – and with five minor placings behind him – Black Star Bowie ($2.10 favorite) broke through by trouncing his rivals in the Maiden Plate (1500m).
With Chad Lever aboard, Black Star Bowie was never in danger once he assumed control not long after the start and stretched out strongly in the straight to score by three and a half lengths from Hidden Hills ($6).
Such was the gelding’s dominance that the third placegetter Pin Feather ($31) was nearly five lengths behind the runner-up.
Black Star Bowie is a younger brother to five-year-old We Could Be Heroes – also prepared by Team Vigouroux – and it is no coincidence that both race in blinkers.
We Could Be Heroes had six starts before blinkers were applied in February 2018, and he won at his eighth start and has since won a further two races.
“Phil liked We Could Be Heroes when he saw him as a yearling at the 2016 Inglis Classic sale and bought him for $35,000,” Tara Vigouroux said.
“Aside from his three wins, he has run eight minor placings.
“Because of We Could Be Heroes, we bought Black Star Bowie out of the paddock when we saw him at Stuart Lamont’s Kooringal Stud near Wagga.
“We always knew he would need blinkers, but had to wait until the time was right because he wasn’t the most tractable horse early on.
“There’s no doubt the blinkers made the difference at Muswellbrook, and hopefully he can go on with it now as we have been patient with him.
“Both We Could Be Heroes and Black Star Bowie are raced by syndicates, and we’re delighted to win races for a lot of good owners.”
Those syndicates include Tara Vigouroux’s father, Hawkesbury Race Club chairman Ken Quigley, and his Murrumbidgee Turf Club counterpart Stuart Lamont, the principal of Kooringal Stud.
Black Star Bowie was Team Vigouroux’s fourth winner this season, following on from We Could Be Heroes (Kembla Grange in August and Hawkesbury in September) and Enigami (Forbes in October).
. Tara and Phillipe Vigouroux also trained Scenic Review, the dam of We Could Be Heroes and Black Star Bowie; both horses deriving their names from the late British singer-songwriter David Bowie.
The Hawkesbury couple also has the so far unraced three-year-old filly War Review (by The Brothers War), a half-sister to We Could Be Heroes and Black Star Bowie.
The Brothers War stands alongside Duporth and Prized Icon at Kooringal, where their resident stallion Zariz (the sire of We Could Be Heroes and Black Star Bowie) died suddenly in October, 2018 at 21 years of age.