Ryan Wiggins breaks ribs in freakish fall at Mackay

Published 27 February 2023

Ryan Wiggins breaks ribs in freakish fall at Mackay

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Brisbane’s FIFO jockey Ryan Wiggins, so dominant in Rockhampton racing over the last two seasons has broken ribs after a freakish fall at Mackay races last Saturday.

A short distance after Wiggins and the John Wigginton trained In Evidence passed the post first in the $25K QTIS Jewel 2YO Qualifier (1100m), they and the pair of runners-up Beau Rain and Bonnie Thompson came to grief.

Chief steward Ben Cooke issued the following report about the somewhat freakish incident.

“Despite the best efforts of jockey Wiggins, In Evidence shifted out abruptly after passing the winning post dislodging its rider. This resulted in Beau Rain (B. Thompson) clipping heels and falling and Shamedy (Les Tilley – third) having to take evasive action to avoid heels. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no significant abnormalities (to the horses)”, Cooke said.

The incident brought about a significant delay to the meeting while both jockeys were treated on track and subsequently transported to Mackay hospital,

Speaking from home on Monday afternoon, Wiggings was counting his blessings.

“I was very lucky as I’ve only broken a few ribs and should be out for only two to three weeks, I hope. It could have been much worse. Poor Bonnie I believe she has fractured a bone in her neck and that is not good for her”, Ryan said.

Wiggins, last season’s premier jockey has been in dynamic form throughout this season where to date he has ridden 87 winners and sits third in Queensland and overall 5th in the Australian jockeys’ standings.

Until Saturday he had the third best winning strike rate (24.10%) in the land but after Newcastle jockey Aaron Bullock rode five winners at Tamworth, Wiggins is now a close fourth.

Wiggins, the talented and popular FIFO jewel of Rockhampton and Mackay racing, hit the headlines during 10 days last December when he rode 12 winners.

Saturday’s Mackay win on In Evidence ($9.00) was his third in less than 24 hours as he also won on John Wigginton’s Para Park Chance ($4.60) and Nick Walsh’s Highground ($2.60) at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton on Friday.

On Monday afternoon, a relieved Wigginton was ruing Wiggins’ misfortune while being upbeat of how In Evidence came through the ordeal.

“The horse is fine. He (In Evidence) seemed to half stumble and shy and then the other horse (Shamedy) came over the top of him (Wiggins). It was very frightening and upsetting.

It is such bad luck for Ryan as he has been riding so well”, Wigginton said.

Providing that all continues to go well for In Evidence (br g 2 Nicconi-Kolstar x Star Witness), he will now press ahead towards the $500,000 QTIS 2YO Jewel Final (1200m) at Doomben on March 18.

That race is normally run at the Gold Coast on that date preceding the March Magic Millions Yearling Sales on Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21 when 385 yearlings are catalogued.

However, the transfer to Brisbane came about as the Gold Coast track is under reconstruction.

Rockhampton trained juveniles dominated the Mackay Qualifier last Saturday.

Apart from winner In Evidence and Graeme Green’s third placegetter Shamedy, Jamie McConachy’s Sunnycoast came in a close fourth with Adrian Coome’s Dragon’s Snip fifth.

Sunnycoast should be all the improved for his first outing from a spell and will be one of the favourites for the $150K CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) at Callaghan Park on Saturday, April 1.

The CYS will follow on Sunday, April 2 with catalogues being available shortly.

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