Signify sent out for a spell Mon, 20 Mar 2017

Richard Edmunds
Signify won two stakes races this season.
Signify won two stakes races this season.
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Group One winner Signify’s work is done for the 2016-17 racing season.

The son of Perfectly Ready added another black-type win in Saturday’s Listed Lightning Handicap at Trentham to his Gr. 1 Telegraph triumph over the same course and distance two months earlier.

Trainer Alex ‘Snooky’ Cowan, whose wife Tracey owns the five-year-old, decided that the Listed win was a fitting end to a campaign that has netted more than $200,000 in prize-money.

“It was another really good win and we were very happy with that,” he told this afternoon.

“He arrived back home at Ashburton at 11.30 this morning and went straight out into the paddock. He’ll stay there for about two or three months.

“We’ve got to look towards the spring now. Because of where he is at the handicaps, there’s no point in carrying on into the autumn. We need to focus on the better races next season.

“What we’ll do is isolate the races we want to target and work backwards from there. The Stewards’ Stakes at Riccarton in November is an obvious one for us, so we’ll work back from there and see what he needs to get him ready for that. But we’ll give him a break first and worry about that later on.”

Signify has been one of the bargain-buy success stories of the season, having earned more than 60 times his purchase price.

“We bought him for $5,500 in the last year that they had a two-year-old sale during the Grand National meeting,” Cowan said. “He’s won more than $330,000 for us now, which is amazing. He’s done so well for us.

“With the proceeds from the winning trainer’s percentage from the Telegraph, I went to Karaka and bought myself a Super Easy colt. I also have a two-year-old who’s almost ready to go into work.

“I’ve been recovering from a slipped disc for the last few weeks, but once that’s come right I’ll put the two-year-old into work and start breaking the yearling in.

“Three horses is the right number to have around me at the moment. Even though Signify’s doing really well, you have to be mindful of the costs and things like that. We’ll stick with these three horses and hopefully they’ll do well for us.”