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One of this season's leading juveniles was among the first to try Te Rapa's new trial track at the jump-outs on Monday.

The son of Pins won his first two starts, finished fourth in the Karaka Million but hasn't raced since being hampered in the Group One Sistema Stakes in March.

Felton Road was among four runners from the Pike stable to kick-start the jump-outs, rated as a Dead4 track. The rising three-year-old dead-heated with Morweka, followed by Blue Lagoon and the un-raced Barbara's Choice.

Veteran galloper Casino, having his first public appearance for over a year, won the second heat. The eight-year-old beat three un-raced gallopers, all trained by Mark Forbes.

The third heat had four runners from the strong Marsh stable, was taken out by the promising Keeper-Heartache colt, bred by Bradbury Park.

Ben Foot trained two runners finished 1-2, a Highly Recommended youngster just beat an Excelebration, followed by two from the Chris McNab stable.

"We've had very positive feedback from senior riders Vinnie Colgan and Troy Harris. The track was a Dead4 which is brilliant considering the amount of rain the area as had," said CEO Ken Rutherford.

Trainer Chris Wood continued his rich vein of form this season when his promising galloper Wooden Edge made away with the $22,500 Foxbridge Plate Day 19th August (Rating 75) over 1600 on Saturday.

The Cambridge handler with less than a dozen horses in his stable, chalked up his 18th winner for the season from only 101 starters, with an outstanding 5.61 strike rate. Wooden Edge's victory brought up Wood's fifth winner at Te Rapa this season.

The unfashionable-bred Wooden Edge settled at the rear of the field was trapped wide for most of the race. Singapore rider Hairi Marzuki, followed High Class (A.Collett) into the home bend then peeled off to challenge his rival at the 200m mark to stride clear to win by just under two lengths to High Class. Waipipi Lad (S.Weatherley) was half a length back in third.

The win was Marzuki's sixth winner in his first season riding in this country from only 65 mounts. With recent winners from Baker/Forsman stable and his boss Stephen Marsh, shows his talent hasn't gone un-noticed during the winter.

Wooden Edge's winning time was 1:40.92 on a Slow9 track.

"It was a nice ride by Hairi (Marzuki). We got back a little further than we wanted, but there was plenty of pace and they came back to him. He was the only one travelling like a winner half mile from home. He had to do a little bit of work but once in the clear, came home nicely. It was a strong win," trainer Chris Wood said.

"I don't think he is an out in out mudder, but he does appreciate some cut of the track."

"He's putting together a good record. He's doing a good job," Wood said.

Wooden Edge has now won six from 12 starts and earned over $78,000 in prize money for his owners G Edge, Betalert Ltd, S Durrant, D Sexton, I Green, K Gregory, P Wicks, D Proverbs, M Hayes, D McHugh, P O'Sullivan, R Clark & R Woods.

Although Wood's stable star Pacorus wasn't able to win earlier in the day, the Tavistock gelding finding the mile too short, he looks a huge chance in the Taumarunui Cup at Rotorua in a fortnight.

"He'll go to the Taumarunui Cup and then the paddock for three or four weeks," Wood said.

"I might nominate him for the last day (Group One Livamol Classic) at Hawke's Bay, with the main aim the New Zealand Cup."

Trueman made it a memorable day for the Tims family, taking out the $20,000 Crossroads Waikato No.1/TAB (Rating 65) over 1400 at Te Rapa.

The four-year-old gelding was originally trained by his owner, Jack Tims but was transferred to Ken and Bev Kelso after a bout of ill health.

Jack's brother Gary, co-owned Alvins Dream, which won on debut earlier on the day.

Visiting central districts rider Johnathan Parkes made the most of an unexpected opportunity replacing Cameron Lammas, who himself was unable to take the ride through illness on the lightly raced four-year-old.

Parkes settled the son of Keeper handy to the pace on the outer and although he looked headed halfway down the straight, Parkes lifted the gelding over the final stages to record a head victory over Sea Home (V.Colgan) with a nose to Quantum (J.Riddell) running another placing in third.

Trueman's winning time was 1:28.00 on a Slow9 track.

"It was a good tough effort by the horse. Halfway down the straight I thought he was just battling but he fought back really well, under a strong ride by Johnathan," co-trainer Ken Kelso said.

"I'm just so pleased for Jack Tims. His health wasn't the best. He asked us to take him and it was sad to take him as Jack loves the horse. It's great that he delivered today," Kelso said.

"He's a nice progressive horse who I hope to take through the grades," he said.

"He's bred to get 2500 metres and I think he can cope with the better tracks, so he's an exciting prospect."

Trueman is out of the Nashwan mare Play Me. Play Me won one race in England and after finishing fourth in a Group Two over 2400 metres, Lady Tavistock sent the mare to New Zealand, where she had one run for a second, before joining her broodmare line at Bloomsbury Stud.

Henrietta Duchess of Bedford owns an un-raced half brother to Trueman, by Tavistock named Playwrite.

Jack Tims purchased Trueman at the 2014 Karaka Select Sale for $27,500 from Brighthill Farm's draft.

Trueman has won two and a second from six starts and has won $18,875 in prizemoney.

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