RACING: Jockey Ryan Wiggins claimed an impressive win at Corbould Park on Sunday, four days after a frightening fall at the same venue.
The talented rider steered top-weight Hudson County ($4.40) to a length victory over Sahara Siren in the Savills Class 5 Handicap (1600m).
It was Wiggins' third ride since crashing through the fence and falling at the 1100m mark, with favourite Puissance Decheval, during a bumper card on Wednesday evening.
"It's good to get back on the horses and good to get back on a winner,” he said.
"It makes things easier. I was confident (upon returning to riding) but as soon as you get that winner it's just that monkey off the back and it's business as usual now.”
He said the incident was "just one of those unfortunate things”.
"(A) bit of interference and the horse didn't cop it real good and crashed into the fence.
"Thank God for plastic rails and good helmets we have now. I'm pretty lucky to have a pretty bad tumble and come out all right.”
Initially, there were fears he had sustained a leg fracture but he was later cleared of any serious damage.
The horse was euthanised after suffering a broken pelvis.
"On a scale of 1-10, it was right up there,” he said of the crash.
"That was probably the worst one I've had and probably the best I've ever come out of one.”
His ride on Sunday was a smooth and impressive one, aboard the Neil Coy-trained six-year-old gelding.
"The owners and trainer were a bit worried (with) 59 (kg) second-up but he's definitely a class horse and has definitely got Saturday wins in him,” Wiggins said.
It was Hudson County's seventh win in 24 starts.
Leading trainer Stuart Kendrick bagged three wins at the eight-race meeting.
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