Group 1 BTC Cup winner Sea Siren is the latest in a long line of outstanding fillies raced by WA owner Keith Biggs.
Biggs won a Melbourne Cup and a Caulfield Cup with Doriemus but his fillies are a constant reminder in their pink and blue hooped silks.
The Goldfields breeder goes back to the 1980s and the heady days along Perth’s St George’s Terrace. His top-flight filly Paklani (Haulpak) won the 1989 Karrakatta Plate but was later disqualified. She was a league above her Perth rivals and went to Sydney finishing third in Canny Lad’s Golden Slipper.
Biggs won the 1994 Perth Cup with Palatious (Semipalatinsk) and she kept delivering at stud. Her first foal Danelagh (Danehill) won the 1998 Blue Diamond Stakes and her grand-daughter Dizelle (Zabeel) swamped the leaders for a memorable victory in the 2005 AJC Oaks.
Danelagh also foaled Hong Kong Horse of the Year Vengeance of Rain.
Biggs was back in the limelight a year after Dizelle when Serenade Rose completed the VRC and AJC Oaks double.
More recently, Biggs had this year’s G1 Oakleigh Plate all but won with Elite Falls (More Than Ready). The John O’Shea trained filly was nailed right on the line by a whirlwind named Woorim.
Stablemate Sea Siren gave nothing else a chance with a very impressive on-pace victory in last Saturday’s BTC Cup. She was immediately promoted to second favourite behind Buffering for the Doomben 10,000 on May 26.
Sea Siren (3f Fastnet Rock – Express A Smile by Success Express) is a younger half-sister to Sunspeed sires Discorsi (Galileo) and Oratorio (Stravinsky). Their dam Express A Smile was an unraced daughter of 1988 Karrakatta Plate winner Hold That Smile.
Biggs purchased Express A Smile for $55,000 from Heytesbury Stud at the 1997 Perth yearling sale. Her final foal is an unraced two year-old filly named Express Street. She is by Street Sense and is also with O’Shea.