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Gallops costly for Wigg

  • Mon, 30 Jul 2018
  • Garrick Knight
The competitors posing for a photo on day 1.

The competitors posing for a photo on day 1.

Auckland horsewoman Cheree Wigg has finished mid-pack at the World Amateur Drivers’ Championship in Belgium.

Driving in the final two of five series heats, at Waregem, Wigg finished second in one and was disqualified in the other.

“You get disqualified when your horse gallops, which means only one point,” she said.

Wigg had a win and a second from her four drives, but two gallops proved costly.

“It was a very close competition in the end, unfortunately the two disqualifications were the difference for me.”

Argentina’s Leonardo Agusti won on countback, narrowly ahead of Australia’s John Cremin, from Queensland.

Those two, and the third placegetter, Samanta Stolker from the Netherlands, were all tied for first after the final race and the title had to be decided on best placings.

Despite finishing seventh, Wigg finished just six points off the first trio, such was the tight nature of the competition.