More TAB races in the pipeline for Emerald
IN 2019 there is momentum building for the Emerald Jockey Club to host Saturday and midweek TAB meetings, which in turn will give participants the opportunity to race for $12,000 rather than the standard $7450 allocation the Emerald Jockey Club currently receives.
A Monday or a Tuesday timeslot is a possibility along with premium Saturday race meetings such as Emerald Cup Day and Emerald 100 looking likely to get TAB coverage.
The initiative will give the club a good opportunity to host the meetings that would normally have been non-events outside of the clubs feature race days, which normally costs the club money to host the meeting and outweighs the revenue brought in from the meeting.
The TAB status will bring subsidies to alleviate pressure on the club’s finances, a great step forward.
The recent Emerald Jockey Club AGM has seen the club gain some new faces on the committee and retaining the same executive positions.
Leon Roberts was re-elected as president along with vice president Mary Bulger, Donna Ericson as treasurer and Kristy Peters as secretary. the 1200-metre $2-million Magic Millions Two-year-old Classic.
Better Reflection is a ($17) chance and will jump from barrier 14.
Better Reflection has put the writing on the wall to overcome the wide draw and be a big player in tomorrow’s feature event.
She started with long odds on favourite when making her debut in Rockhampton in November, winning by six lengths and then progressed to the next level.
She was well found in the market at $6.50 when scorching the turf to take out the Calaway Gal Stakes at Doomben in December, her final lead-up to tomorrow’s $2-million dollar assignment.
After sitting three-deep the trip, Better Reflection’s jockey Nigel Seymour said the filly found another gear on her rivals, winning by 1.5 lengths with something in hand.
Wigginton, who is no newcomer to racing, was a five-time Rockhampton training premiership winner between 2003 and 2007 and also a one-time motor mechanic and roadhouse owner.
Wigginton has only resumed training in the last three years after a hiatus mowing lawns in Rockhampton to fill his time.
A win in tomorrow’s feature will be the ultimate reward for his latest comeback to the Central Queensland trainers’ ranks.
Adding to the feelgood nature of the story should Better Reflection win the Magic Millions Wigginton has stayed loyal to veteran country Rockhampton-based jockey Nigel Seymour. last week at the juicy odds of $41 with Hannah English in the saddle going down by only 0.1 of a length.
The $3300 prizemoney and a juicy collect on the each-way portion of team Williams connections’ bets made the 1224-kilometre round trip well worthwhile.
There looks to be life in the old mare’s legs yet and a win doesn’t look far away for the locally-trained galloper.
RACE DAY: Emerald Jockey Club looking to implement more races in 2019.