Black Sabbath Rocks Ascot


Black Sabbath lived up to the pre-race hype when he made a brilliant winning debut in the Glenroy Chaff Plate (1100m) at Ascot on Saturday

After two impressive trials Black Sabbath, a $47,5000 yearling, started a hot favourite and gave his supporters no cause for concern.

After finding the front soon after the start for jockey, Shaun McGruddy, the son of Blackfriars cruised to the line for a comfortable victory.

Co-trained by Rob Harvey and his son, Todd, Black Sabbath defeated Market Ruler by a decisive three lengths with Super Stardom third.

“We are really impressed with him and tried to play it down a bit,” Todd Harvey said.

“He has been quite untapped at home and we always have had a high opinion of him.”

Meanwhile trainer Vaughn Sigley’s Group 1 ambitions were given a boost after his talented gelding Missile Launch returned to the winner’s list in the Heineken 3 Handicap (1600m).

Widely considered the next rising star of Perth racing, Missile Launch rebounded after a luckless second to Taxagano when racing first-up three weeks ago.

Missile Launch held a half-length margin over Broker, who challenged strongly in the straight, but was never a serious threat in overhauling the winner.  Battle Torque ran third.

Sigley predicts a bright future for Missile Launch and says he is capable of stepping up to elite company at the Ascot carnival later in the year.

“I have really got my heart set on the Railway Stakes (1600m) and Kingston Town (1800m),” Sigley said.

“It’s a big step and we have to make it, but he is getting there.”

Julio Santarelli