Gregg Rigby Owner of the Month July 2013
Jul 16, 2013
This month we learn about one of Delbridge Racing’s newer owners, Gregg Rigby.
Name: Gregg Rigby
Occupation: High Voltage Co-Ordinator
Place of residence: Brisbane/Northern NSW
Horses Past and Current: Romantic Spirit (past), Lonhcosta (present)
AFL/NRL or favourite sports team: Cronulla Sharks
Family: Lovely girlfriend Roslyn, with her 2 young boys Darcey and Sam
Interests: Surfing, Bush walking, the unknown and the above Family great times together
Prediction for 2013: Hopefully Lonhcosta will win a couple of races , stay healthy and graduate to winning group races in the future
Best Horse: Kingston Town / Makybe Diva / Black Caviar
Favourite horse: Lonhro / Black Caviar
Favourite Racing Story: Owned a share in an underperforming syndicated horse called Romantic Spirit.. Sold the share in the horse. Years later, surprisingly read in a Sydney Sunday newspaper that there was a scandal involving Romantic Spirit in the Darwin Cup. Romantic Spirit had unsuccessfully protested against the winner, after recieving severe check. (apparently the winners connections were also connected with the stewards , if I recall) The subsequent winner Scarvila then went on for a meritious 5th in the Caulfield Cup and Won the Dalgety Handicap 2500m (now pre cup Lexis Stakes) . To qualify for the 1987 Melbourne Cup. In the cup he finished a tiring 15th after rounding the home bend with the leaders…
You could say we were a bit disappointed, that were strongly advised to sell Romantic Spirit . I’m sure we could have won some city races with him.
Best Win Horse/Punt: Winning the trifecta the year those 2 Japanese horses featured in the Melbourne Cup. Nice return!
Racing Dream: To Win some Group 1 races with Lonhcosta
Why Chosen Horse? I always wanted another syndicated horse and I decided I wanted a Lonhro Colt. I studied the colts available in my price range and Delbridges Lonhro/Costa Complete ticked all the boxes. A really good dam side lineage was important to me and felt this horse had that. (After further homework I discoverd there a quite a few grand decendents similar to Pierro too). In addition to having Encosta De Lago and Whiskey Road in the Dams lineage – Romantic Spirit ( Also had Whiskey Road genes too)
Why Delbridge Racing ?: I enjoyed talking to Mark Leo pre sale from the very start. This itself, helped to seal the deal for me to purchase this particular Lonhro horse, rather than another that I was interested in. Mark is passionate about his horses and continues to be very informative. He is a pleasure to correspond with. Delbridge seems to me like it's heading in the right direction and if horse selection, passion and customer service are a barometer to go by, we're on a winner. In addition, funny enough, from the very beginning. I believed it could be a really nice fairy tale, if some smaller players in racing, ( Delbridge Racing, Mark Leo himself, this small affordable syndicate and a young up and coming trainer in Jason Warren) were to taste success with this Lonhro horse…
Gee whiz, what a great story for all, IF Lonhcosta becomes track superstar…..fingers crossed