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Sigh claims maiden stakes success

Sigh winning the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes Racing Photos

The racing world has seen Victoria’s Yulong Investments dominate the broodmare market across the last five sales seasons, while stakes winners Hungry Heart and My Whisper have proven the banner race-fillies and race-mares in Australia.

The renowned green and white checked sleeves saluted in style in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield on July 8, and it was Yulong’s Sigh that produced her first stakes victory.

Sigh, trained by Peter Moody, was an $85,000 Inglis Great Southern graduate from Tyreel Stud, and has already elapsed $390,000 in prize-money in just nine career starts.

A future broodmare for the team in green, Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer Sam Fairgray commented on the improvement that Sigh has made since being purchased as a weanling.

“As a weanling, she was neat, but well put together,” Fairgray told TBV. “Along the journey, we gave her to Peter Moody and she just took a bit of time to mature, and he has been very patient with her.

“She has just kept on improving each time she has gone for break, strengthening up more and more. Overall, it’s been a great result to now have her as a Group 3 winner and she’ll join the broodmare band eventually.”

Fairgray said that the rising five-year-old will be targeted towards more black-type success in the coming weeks to bolster her broodmare page. The Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap at Flemington will be the mare’s next assignment, attempting to stretch out to the 1200-metre journey for just the second time in her career.

“The Aurie’s Star in about three or four weeks away looks a potential option,” Fairgray said.

“Peter is just going to send her down to the beach for a little bit then he will see how the mare has bounced through the run and then decide (her next target) from there.

“I think it (the win) was great for Carleen Hefel (rider) and we are pleased as she’d ridden Sigh in her previous win and knew the horse. It was good for her to stay on board and be rewarded with a stakes win.”

A farm with notable high-profile broodmares, Fairgray touched on some names that are expecting to foal down in the coming months.

“Hungry Heart, she is one of the first ones to foal and then Away Game won’t be too far behind her,” Fairgray said.

“There is going to be some lovely mares’ foal down in the next four or five months.”

Both Hungry Heart and Away Game were covered by champion sire Written Tycoon last season who is standing for a private fee in 2023.

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