Sigley’s Ascot Missile Launch


Lark Hill trainer Vaughn Sigley may have unearthed another promising galloper after Missile Launch continued his unbeaten form at Pinjarra on Saturday.

Sigley believes Missile Launch, who made it four straight wins in the Silver Sands Resort Handicap (1600m), has the makings of an Ascot carnival horse in 12-months.

Missile Launch, who stretched his winning sequence to four, has not been beaten since breaking his maiden status when resuming over 1208m at Bunbury last November.

Despite racing three wide with no cover for Pat Carbery today, Missile Launch put paid to his rivals with ease, finishing powerfully to defeat Push To Pass by 1 ¼ lengths.

Swift Platinum, who sat camped behind then leader Blackline, ran third.

Sigley, a former top jockey, has had a steady stream of quality horses in his stable since he took up training several years ago.

Headlining a crop that included Rohan, Magnifisio and He Or She was Black Heart Bart before the son of Blackfriars transferred to Darren Weir in Melbourne.

Sigley says Missile Launch, if he stays sound, is a horse with a bright future ahead of him.

“He is a nice horse who is doing everything right,” Sigley said.

“We will take it as it comes and let him go through the grades.

“He has got ability and that is what is coming out.

“If he goes through the grades we will be targeting our bigger races in 12-months.”

Earlier Red Publisher reaffirmed his affinity for the Mandurah Cup (1409m), winning the race for the second consecutive year.

Trained by Ashley Maley and ideally ridden by Jerry Noske, who sat behind the leader, Red Published defeated Wrinkly and Classical Prince, who dead-heated for second, by a short neck.

Julio Santarelli