Wooden Edge appreciates drop back in grade8 Jul 2019

Winter specialist Wooden Edge appreciated the massive drop in grade and the apprentice claim to stylishly win the $22,500 RED CABS - YOUR BEST BET (Rating 65) over 1400 metres on Saturday.

The handicapper’s top-weight having won six before Saturday dropped back to Rating 65 grade, only four starts ago started in the Group Three Waikato Cup at the end of last year before spelling.
The seven year old lost four points in his three starts in his new campaign to drop to the lowest class on Saturday.
With Apprentice rider Mubs Kareem claiming 4kgs off his carded weight, only one of the 14 starters carried less and Wooden Edge made full use of the weight advantage careering out to a strong two length victory over Nuttee (L.Satherley) with Straight Sets (T.Thornton) one and half lengths back in third.

Wooden Edge’s winning time was 1:26.96 (last 600m in 38.16) on a Heavy 10 track.

“He’s hasn’t had any luck lately. He’s a handy horse on his day,” trainer Chris Wood said.
“We started schooling him his Pukekohe run and he does enjoy jumping. We will see him in that role next season.”
“It was a strong win from a positive ride by Mubs.”
“It’s difficult for the one win horse to beat horses like Wooden Edge in the Rating 65 grade, who won his seventh race.”
“We will return to the Te Rapa in a fortnight,” Wood added.
Wooden Edge seventh win from 34 starts takes his career stakes tally to $117,900 for his owners Betalert Ltd, R P Clark, S R Durrant, G R Edge, I P Green, M G Hayes, D P McHugh, P R O'Sullivan, Ms D M K Proverbs, D W J Sexton, P F Wicks, C J Wood & R J Woods. - Mark Nowell