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Dream double for Wigley family

Zigwig - Picture ex Race Images Christchurch
Zigwig - Picture ex Race Images Christchurch

Inglewood Stud savoured a champagne afternoon after a memorable black type double for their resident sire on Saturday.

The North Canterbury farm celebrated royal results for Zacinto with the Dansili stallion's daughter Zigwig successful at Riccarton and a little over 15 minutes later it was the turn of his son Ugo Foscolo at Te Rapa.

Inglewood Stud is a family operation and managed by Gus Wigley, who was handed the reins in 2012 by his father Nick, who also trains Zigwig.

"This is just huge for the stud and the stallion," Nick Wigley said.

Zigwig's victory in the Listed Berkley Stud Champagne Stakes, later matched by Ugo Foscolo's success in the Listed Hamilton Vets Equine Stakes, executed a long-term plan.

"This is the race we kept her for," Wigley said. "She would have been turned out before this if it wasn't a stakes race."

Zigwig was put aside after a debut placing in the summer and a fortnight ago she finished a creditable third on her return on the course after racing five wide in a 17-horse field.

"Jacob Lowry got off her and said she was still six months away from her best," Wigley said. "I think she's going to be a real Guineas horse in the spring."

With senior jockey Terry Moseley getting the call up for Saturday, Zigwig raced kindly within touch of the pace and when she was asked for a serious effort in the straight the juvenile quickly put a margin on the field.

She coasted over the closing 200 metres to have three and a half lengths to spare at the post on Disturbance, who made ground strongly, with Shirley Maude third ahead of the first-starter Cobblertothestars.

The favourite What Choux Want was in front early in the run home before wilting to finish fifth. – NZ Racing Desk.



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