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Wigg opens World Amateur Champs with win

  • Sun, 29 Jul 2018
  • Garrick Knight
Cheree Wigg in her New Zealand colours. Photo: Supplied.

Cheree Wigg in her New Zealand colours. Photo: Supplied.

Auckland horsewoman Cheree Wigg has made the best possible start to the World Amateur Drivers Championship in Belgium.

Wigg took maximum points with a victory behind Jackmann in the first of two races on Day 1 in Tongeren.

She revealed post-race that it was her first time driving a trotter in a race and she owed a great deal of thanks to Waiuku husband-and-wife pairing Bernie Hackett and Michelle Wallis.

“I’d never driven a trotter until I approached Michelle and asked her if she would give me some experience before going to the World Champs.

“Her and Bernie didn’t hesitate to help and the horse I drove to win was just the second trotter I’ve driven in a competitive event, so their input was obvious.

“I owe it to them investing time in me and teaching me invaluable skills.

“I can’t thank them both enough.”

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be in the day’s second heat, Wigg’s charge galloping off the mobile arm and taking no competitive part.

Wigg is currently fifth on the points table out of the 11 drivers, just four points off the leader, Norway’s Einar Nedrebo.

Wigg, who trains a small team at the Kumeu track in West Auckland and has driven seven winners in New Zealand, says she is having the time of her life in Belgium.

“The experience here is unbelievable; it’s such a beautiful country.”

Day 2 is being held in Waregem and Wigg isn’t carrying a great deal on confidence in to the day’s events.

“I have two more drives there but unfortunately they only look like being place hopes.”