Sigley gives himself 2 strong chances in Winterbottom Stakes

Lark Hill trainer Vaughn Sigley is giving himself two very strong chances with Magifisio and Dawn Approach in the Group 1 $1m Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Queensland sprinter Buffering heads the betting for the Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Queensland sprinter Buffering heads the betting for the Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

While Magnifisio is well in contention in the betting for the Winterbottom Stakes at $6 with, Dawn Approach is at the double figure odds of $21.

But Sigley said that Dawn Approach’s form is okay and that he is well over the odds at that quote.

“He is rated a $21 chance and Magnifisio $6.  They shouldn’t be that apart,” Sigley told Thoroughbred News.

Dawn Approach was able to beat Magifisio home when the stablemates ran second and third to Akhedasset in the Group 3 $150,000 Add Energy Group Prince Of Wales Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on October 24.

Then at his next run he led before finishing sixth to Real Love in the Group 3 $150,000 Seacorp Starlight-Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on October 31.

Magnifisio has had two runs back from a spell and while the Magnus mare hasn’t found the winner’s stall yet this preparation, Sigley was still happy with her two placings.

After finishing third in the Prince Of Wales Stakes, Magnifisio ran second, after missing the start, to the top quality stablemate Black Heart Bart in the Group 2 $250,000 Waroa-Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on November 7.

“I thought she was enormous after missing the start,” said Sigley.

“In fact, I think both her runs have been enormous.”

Magnifisio was one of the stars of the 2014 Perth Spring Carnival and while under the care of trainer Jim Taylor was able to win the Lee Steere Stakes and the Winterbottom Stakes.

Dawn Approach’s last win was back in May when he collected the winning cheque in the Listed $125,000 Northam Toyota Stakes (1100m) and has been placed four times from his last five starts.

Queensland’s number one sprinter Buffering heads the market order at $3.80 and is heading back to the west to attempt to win the Winterbottom Stakes for the second time after claiming victory in 2013.

Magnifisio is on the second line of betting at $6 ahead of the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig trained Fast ‘N’ Rocking and local sprinter Lucky Street both at $7.

Winterbottom Stakes market order at $3.80 Buffering, $6 Magnifisio, $7 Fast ‘N’ Rocking, Lucky Street, $8 Watermans Bay, $13 Sheidel, $15 Rock Magic, Shining Knight, Silverstream, $21 Dawn Approach, Liberty’s Gem, Rommel $26 Madassa.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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