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Wigginton crowns Queen of the North

By Isaac Murphy

Better Reflection is the queen of the north after taking out the Listed Boomer Bloodstock Galaway Gal stakes for Rockhampton trainer John Wigginton.

The two-year-old filly had been to the races once before, an impressive 5.8 length victory at her home track in Rockhampton and any question marks on her Rockhampton form were put to bed as she took down the more fancied metropolitan horses.

Wigginton said the stable had around six to eight horses in work most of which were tried and tested horses and he had really wanted to buy a young horse, which he did at the March Magic Millions sales.

“First and foremost, we wanted one out of Better Than Ready and she fit the mould perfectly,” Wigginton said.

“She’s a tall horse but has a fair bit of weight on her too which were both in our criteria as well.”

“To get a horse fitting the mould we wanted for that price ($20,000) it’s safe to say we got ourselves a bargain.”

Better Reflection jumped from gate ten and was posted three wide much of the trip, Wigginton praising the fillies ability to find a way to win.

 “It was a really brave run she found herself three deep the trip but kept finding,” he said.

“That’s the beauty of her you can ride her on the speed or ride her quietly and she can still win a race.”

Wigginton is now not only assured he has a city grade two-year-old but the win also qualifiers her for The Magic Millions.

“I’m just thrilled to have her in the Magic Millions for myself and the owners a lot of who are first timers,” he said.

“Now she’s down here I think we’ll just take her straight to the Magic Millions, as I said it was a tough run today and that should be enough to have her ready to go.”

Veteran country hoop Nigel Seymour travelled down with the horse which he rode in her trial and maiden victory and ticked off another goal in a stellar career.

“For all the horses I’ve ridden in Queensland this is my first winner in Brisbane,” Seymour said

“I did have a moment at about the 200 metres when I caught a glimpse of the grandstand and all the people when she was out in front and had to pinch myself.”