Streetfire scores in race run for Pye
SHANE Sigvart didn't have a runner in the Carly-Mae Pye Memorial at Callaghan Park last week, a fact which nagged at him when the race was on.
When Gladstone Turf Club announced it would stage an event at Ferguson Park, the Rockhampton trainer knew he had the horse for the job.
Enter Streetfire, a nine-year-old which has Sigvart happier than he has ever been, all in honour of a sad death.
"We knew her fairly well, we saw her every day, she was a lovely person," he said.
"We gave this race a lot of thought and it is really good to have won."
Knowing Streetfire's prowess on the sand, Sigvart was more than confident his horse could get the job done.
Attached with a little less emotion than the Rockhampton race dedicated to Pye, it meant just as much to the trainer to get his name written next to hers anyway.
"Honestly, Rockhampton was so emotional, everyone had a soft spot for her," he said.
"And Gladstone has been the same. We were destined to win it."
Destiny seems like a big part of Streetfire's career.
Bought for a small price as a present, the old horse has given Sigvart much more than expected.
"I bought him for my wife as an anniversary present for $300," Sigvart said.