More TAB races in the pipe­line for Emer­ald

Central Queensland News - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: ADEN STOKES

RACE DAY: Emer­ald Jockey Club look­ing to im­ple­ment more races in 2019.

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