Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Ziggy,COs Got the Quality Bloodlines; Young Training Ace Can Cite a Long Family History of Involvement with Horse Racing

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Ziggy,COs Got the Quality Bloodlines; Young Training Ace Can Cite a Long Family History of Involvement with Horse Racing

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Byline: Tony McMahon tmb.sport@capnews.com.au

RACING: Horse racing purists decree the most reliable guide to winning comes from the bloodlines.

If thatCOs true, itCOs little wonder fledgling Rockhampton trainer Shane Sigvart, 42, has enjoyed almost instant success.

At RockhamptonCOs Callaghan Park TAB race meeting last Thursday, Strategic Glory provided Shane with his first winner at only his second start.

Although he only took out a trainerCOs licence for the first time earlier this season, Shane has gone about his business like an old-timer. HeCOs meticulous in his approach.

C[pounds sterling]I was taught early you have to be patient with horses and go about training by providing the best of everything,C[yen] he said while coming back to earth, so to speak after ThursdayCOs win.

His mentor was none other than the legendary Rockhampton trainer, the late Bing Crough, who happens to be ShaneCOs grandfather.

In Shane SigvartCOs case, his bloodlines are infused with racing.

C[pounds sterling]My mother Lorraine was Bing CroughCOs daughter while my dad Viv trained successfully and my uncleCOs Jacko and Kelly were noted farriers before becoming trainers,C[yen] Shane said.

While proud of his racing heritage, Shane credits Bing Crough who was a high achiever as a Callaghan Park trainer for about half a century, as his inspiration.

C[pounds sterling]I cut my teeth as a kid hanging around my grandfatherCOs stables. I loved it and took everything in.

C[pounds sterling]I remember Bing always provided his horses with the best of everything.

C[pounds sterling]He insisted that everything was done right with the horses. He never killed them by over-working them and you could always see yourself in their coat as they were so well,C[yen] Shane said.

In the modern era with its emphasis on training horses harder, Shane admits he has in the main adopted the Bing Crough training model. …

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