Wiggins in demand for Friday race meet

Published 26 January 2023

Wiggins in demand for Friday race meet

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After a slow start this season in regards to field sizes for 2YO races not just in Rockhampton but throughout Queensland, the numbers have stacked up for Friday’s $34K QTIS 2YO Maiden (1050m) at Callaghan Park.

The biggest acceptance for quite some time in a juvenile race saw 10 youngsters declared runners but unfortunately two had to be made emergencies.

These were two of Mackay trainer John Manzelmann’s four prefixed Mishani youngsters brought about by the false rail placed out 7.5 metres for the entire grass circuit reducing field size limitations.

However, Manzelmann will still have two youngsters running in the race through Mishani Twilight (Jason Taylor) and Mishani Valour (Chris Whiteley).

Mackay based Manzelmann has thrown his weight behind Friday’s meeting as he will start eight horses at Callaghan Park on the day. 

The 2YO race, the first of seven on the TAB program, commences at the later starting time of 2.12Pm with the final being run off at 5.40PM an hour before sunset at 6.47pm. 

In total 15 jockeys will apply their services at the meeting with the biggest fields being the 12 horse races the QTIS 3YO Maiden (1300m) and the BM 58 run over the same trip.

Back on the scene is Sydney jockey Adrian Layt who relocated to Townsville early last year in a planned permanent move with family before having to return south for medical reasons for his son.

The vastly experienced Layt with a Gosford winner in November rode at both Townsville last Saturday and at the Emerald TAB meeting on Tuesday of this week.

Adrian rides Peter Fleming’s Prized Benefit (TAB 3 – Race 2); Jared Wehlow’s So Noble (TAB 5-R 5) and Doom Diva (R 6-TAB 10) as well as Kristie Clark-Peoples’ Future Idea (R 7 -TAB 9).

Brisbane’s FIFO jockey Ryan Wiggins off the back of four Callaghan Park winners at the last meeting there on January 19 is not surprisingly in demand again on Friday.

Wiggins rides Yulong Sovereign (TAB 2-R 4) and Chalkley (TAB 3 -R 3) for Ricky Vale as well as Moenave (TAB 6 -R 3) for Adrian Coome.

Then he teams up with Caloundra trainer Garnett Taylor’s Bold Hussar (R6 -TAB 1) and Nick Walsh’s Highground (TAB 3 – R7).

Wiggins 40, a winner of almost 1300 races is having a phenomenal season sitting pretty with 75 QLD winners in the first six months of the current season which has him second placed behind James Orman.

On the Australian rankings, Ryan with 76 winners (one in NSW) is third positioned behind Orman leading from J Mac on 88.

Last season over the 12 individual months ending on July 31, 2022, Ryan Wiggins rode 95 winners a figure that he should smash in the 2022-23 season going on his results to date with another six months remaining.

Following the abandonment of Friday’s Open Handicap (1400m) which fell over at acceptance deadline, RQ has reprogrammed the race for February 10 in Rockhampton.

If this race stands up it could lead to a nine-race card at Callaghan Park on that day although just four days later there is an identical class scheduled for 1300 metres at the Mackay TAB meeting.

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