Wiggins chalks up a dozen wins in 10 days.
Published 11 December 2022
In nothing short of a freakish achievement, last season’s premier Rockhampton jockey Ryan Wiggins has ridden 12 winners in the last 10 days.
Making the effort even more momentous is that three of those wins came about within 24 hours at Cairns and Murwillumbah which are 1815km apart
Christmas started early for Brisbane based Wiggins 40, right from the start of this month when he landed a winner from his only ride at Ipswich on Friday, December 2.
Four days later at Mackay last Tuesday he booted home a career best five winners with three of those being in successive races. Then last Thursday, he made it eight winners in six days with a double at Cairns.
“I had a booking from Chris Waller for one of his unraced maideners Chantiss at Murwillumbah the next day (last Friday)”, Wiggins said.
As if scripted, Chantiss raced in partnership by Denise Martin’s high profile Star Thoroughbreds, made the dedicated effort by Ryan worthwhile by winning.
For him to fulfil that obligation, Wiggins flew from Cairns to Brisbane on Thursday night and then made the two hours’ drive to Murwillumbah on Friday morning.
Wiggins backed-up in the car to Brisbane later that afternoon before turning around and heading down to the Gold Coast races last Saturday.
Bingo – another field day with three winners at Aquis Park.
“It was a big week, definitely my best so far with the five winners at Mackay very special”, he said while relaxing at home in Brisbane today (Sunday).
Wiggins’ stats this month are nothing short of amazing with a dozen winners from 22 rides for a strike rate of 55.54%.
The prices of his winners ranged from $1.28 (La Femme De Forte – Ricky Vale) to $6.00 (Way Back Then – Craig Russell) while averaging a starting price of $2.80.
As a consequence of his huge tally over the last 10 days, Ryan now sits second on the QLD jockeys’ table with 59 winners for the season behind leader Jimmy Orman (74) with Brisbane’s Ben Thompson a close third on 55.
Wiggins commenced his race riding career in the ACT in 1999 and according to Racing and Sports has ridden 1271 winners.
A GROUP 1 winning rider (Famous Seamus, 2014 BTC Cup, Brisbane,) he has developed a tremendous following here since by chance joining the Fly-In/Fly-Out (FIFO) jockeys in mid-2018 when filling in for another Brisbane rider.
One of Queensland’s busiest jockeys, Ryan has mastered the long stretches of Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park track riding 135 winners there including Absolut Artie in the 2020 Rockhampton Cup.
Wiggins won’t be resting on his laurels anytime soon with three rides for Rocky trainer Jared Wehlow at Kilcoy on Tuesday – So Noble, Fresh Prince and Bondurant.
Wehlow and Wiggins have forged a strong partnership sharing 52 winners together.
Wiggins will be back at Callaghan Park on Friday for the Rockhampton Jockey Club’s Christmas Family Day races.