Treble no trouble for Wood
THE Big Maiden is a race where unproven horses can prove themselves, but yesterday's running might have seen a potential champion jockey come of age.
Apprentice Justin Wood, 19, rated Gabarlis Girl to perfection and took an inside run to score from Tycoon Sun and Mattaki.
For Wood it was three winners for the day, and five in two days with the double he rode in Brisbane on Wednesday.
“I'm on top of the world – 100 per cent,” Wood said after the race.
“I've ridden a few doubles in my time but this is my first treble and it's unreal coming off the back of two winners in town yesterday.”
Wood is six weeks back from a stint with Tony Vasil at Caulfield in Melbourne.
Indentured to Steele Ryan in Brisbane, Wood regards his time with Vasil as career-changing.
“Going down there and getting a real feel for a good horse and then coming back and putting it into practice is a great thrill,” he said.
Since returning to Queensland from his time with Vasil, there hasn't been a single Saturday where Wood hasn't ridden a winner.
He leads the Brisbane apprentice premiership with daylight second and will figure in the senior premiership should his strike rate continue.