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Four winners for overseas-bound Wiggins
Stephen Rodgers
06:32 AEST Thu Aug 22 2013

Ryan Wiggins played a starring role at Doomben on Wednesday when he rode half the program before revealing he would be putting his riding skills to the test overseas.

Wiggins celebrated his first quartet of winners when he was successful aboard Caiden's Gold, Royal Jester, Pickabee and Face Off.

"I've ridden a treble a couple of times but this is the first time I've ridden four winners," Wiggins said.

Next month, Wiggins will ride at the inaugural China Horse Club meeting where he will represent Australia alongside fellow Brisbane jockeys Jim Byrne and Michael Cahill.

"We leave for China on September 18 for a five-day carnival which will be something to look forward to," he said.

"They call it the Equine Festival and they reckon when it gets going it will be twice as big as Hong Kong."

The temperamental Royal Jester provided Wiggins with the second of his four winners on Wednesday.

He employed a simple strategy in his approach to riding the horse.

"Close your eyes and hope for the best," Wiggins said after Royal Jester's first-up win.

"He's bucked twice at the start of his races but he's got plenty of ability and I've had a bit of luck on him."

Wiggins has ridden Royal Jester three times for two wins and believes the gelding can measure up in better company after winning the Smooth & Sneaky Handicap (1200m) by a long neck from Arctic who was backed from $5 into $3.30 favouritism.

"He's got plenty of upside and he'll be even better when he steps up to a mile," Wiggins said.

"I just came out a bit steady on him and let him find his feet. Once he travels a furlong or so and gets into a rhythm he's a lovely horse to ride."

Royal Jester was heavily backed to win the Magic Millions Maiden at the Gold Coast in January but tossed jockey Damian Browne in a performance which still haunts trainer Liam Birchley.

"Before the race we had three different sets of owners fighting over him wanting to buy him but after the race there were none," he said.


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