Vigouroux stable looking to win back-to-back Bathurst Soldier’s Saddles

Winona Costin and the Tara and Philippe Vigouroux-trained Lemaire will take on Monday’s Bathurst RSL Club Soldier’s Saddle. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Hawkesbury trainers Tara and Philippe Vigouroux have a good history in the Bathurst RSL Club Soldier’s Saddle, having finished second in 2020 with Zouologist before taking the race out in 2021 with their Zoustar gelding. 

Zouologist won’t take on the race on Monday and has instead been set for Thursday’s Digger’s Cup at Narromine, but the stable will be well-represented in the 2022 Soldier’s Saddle, with Lemaire going around in the $34,000 Bathurst feature. 

Connections have drawn gate two, and Winona Costin will take the ride in the 1400m event, and Philippe Vigouroux explained that he wanted to split the gallopers up, giving them two good chances to win feature races this coming week. 

“Zouologist won’t go to Bathurst this year. We are saving him for Narromine on Thursday,” Vigouroux said. 

“I wanted to race one there at Narromine, and Lemaire will go to Bathurst.”

The four-year-old is a handy type, having already won three times in 17 starts, and Costin rode the Zariz gelding to victory at Wagga two starts ago over the same distance. 

“I think he will go well at Bathurst,” Vigouroux said. 

“The way Winona rides the horse is good, and he is still a bit green and learning but he will be a better horse in six months’ time, but he is good enough for a race like this. 

“He is like a naughty teenager and can be very strong and he can drag his feet, but Winona has a good relationship with him, and she knows how to handle him.”

The Cameron Crockett pair of Mr Hussill and Cracking Mo have been scratched from the event, and Vigouroux was hopeful of getting a soft lead in the seven-furlong event. 

“We have drawn well, and we just need to use the fence and maybe get a soft lead,” Vigouroux said. 

“That race has really changed with the scratchings, and the horse (Mr Hussill) that won the Highway (on Saturday) is out and to be honest, I don’t think we would have won if Cameron had run his horses.”

The Hawkesbury stable will look to take Lemaire to town if he wins the Bathurst Soldier’s Saddle, especially with the Sydney autumn carnival now done and dusted for 2022.

“I think he is good enough to win there (in town). If he goes alright, that’s where he will go,” Vigouroux said.

“We will look for a race, especially now that it is not as strong in the winter.”

The Vigouroux team love to travel, and they are regulars at Bathurst, with Philippe explaining it was all in good fun for their Hawkesbury team. 

“We will try and win and achieve those things, but for us, it is about having a bit of fun and not trying and get rich,” Vigouroux said. 

The Soldier’s Saddle headlines an entertaining Anzac Day card at Bathurst on Monday, with plenty of action on and off the track.

There is a massive fashions on the field competition on the day, with Best Fashionista, Elegant Classic Lady, Most Contemporary Lady, Best Classic Dressed Man and Contemporary Best Man sections on offer.

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