Winner a headliner

Wooden Edge (Viktoria Gatu) returning to scale after an impressive debut win.

Wooden Edge (Viktoria Gatu) returning to scale after an impressive debut win.

Kay Gregory is thrilled at taking her thoroughbred interest to another level.

A former television presenter and ex-Hamilton West councillor, the Newstalk ZB newsreader shares in the ownership of the impressive Chris Wood-trained debut winner Wooden Edge, her first venture into ownership.

“It was a fabulous win and a really nice start, very exciting,” said Gregory. “Chris and I went to school together and I know he’s a really honest trainer and keeps his owners well informed.”

Gregory, who hosted the Breakfast show with Paul Henry for two and a half years from 2005, has followed racing since the mid-1970s.

“When I was a teenager my best friend’s father had the Sydney Cup winner Oopik so I spent a lot of time at the races,” she said.

“I’ve waited a long time to get involved and I’ve finally got a small share and the other people in the syndicate are really lovely.”

Wooden Edge is the first runner for his sire Hold No Fear, an unraced son of Woodborough, and also counts the former top jockey Garry Edge among his group of owners.

He was ridden by stable apprentice Viktoria Gatu and came from last, no mean feat over 1150 metres on the turning Te Awamutu track, to win with ease.

“Viktoria was great and she’s done a lot of work on the horse,” said Gregory.

Although Wooden Edge had won both of his trials before his first-up success, it hasn’t all been plain sailing with the four-year-old who proved to be a tough customer during his early education.

– NZ Racing Desk.