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
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
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
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
"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
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
"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
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.