THURSDAY: August 8, 2019: TARA and Philippe Vigouroux are certainly not letting the grass grow under their feet.
The Hawkesbury co-trainers, fresh off a breakout season with 15 winners, are off and running in the new season.
Team Vigouroux scored with the consistent We Could Be Heroes ($7) at Kembla Grange today, and hope his younger brother Black Star Bowie can shed his maiden status on Canberra’s synthetic (ACTON) track tomorrow.
It seems the family has a history of running second placings.
Five-year-old Zariz gelding We Could Be Heroes remarkably clocked up six seconds in a row – beginning at Nowra on December 31 last year – before getting back into the winning list in today’s Class 1 Handicap (1200m).
And Black Star Bowie also has had to play “second fiddle” at both his runs to date as well as finishing second in a 900m barrier trial early last month at Nowra before beginning his career.
However, with Chad Lever aboard, he will be strongly fancied to break through in the Maiden Handicap (1280m) at Canberra.
We Could Be Heroes, with the benefit of apprentice Mikayla Weir’s 2kg claim, carried only 52.5kg today and wore down $3 joint favorites Satin Socks and Run For Glory.
But not before he had been slowly away before getting into the clear in time to overpower the fancied pair.
It was the gelding’s second win from 19 starts, but he has been placed eight times (including those six seconds on the bounce and seven overall).
Both We Could Be Heroes and Black Star Bowie are out of the Scenic mare Scenic Review, which Tara Vigouroux trained.
“Scenic Review won three races (including two at Kembla Grange) and has been a good mare to us,” Philippe Vigouroux said.
“We Could Be Heroes has been very consistent and deserved that win, and we’re hoping his brother can win at Canberra tomorrow.”
Team Vigouroux also finished second at Kembla Grange with $13 chance Azcannyaz, who was held up and unable to secure clear running until near the 150m when chasing home odds-on favorite Eleven Eleven in the Benchmark 64 Handicap (1000m).
The husband and wife training partnership also has the unraced three-year-old half-sister War Review (by The Brothers War) to We Could Be Heroes and Black Star Bowie.
HOOFNOTE: Hawkesbury Race Club chairman Ken Quigley, Tara’s father and Philippe’s father-in-law, is amongst the ownership group in We Could Be Heroes, Black Star Bowie, Azcannyaz and War Review.