Farewell Woody

There aren’t many horses you’d want to go to war with, but there is no doubt Woody, Gotta Take Care, would be one you’d put on the front line.

The son of Rubiton is as tough as they come, having 79 starts in his career spanning over 9 years, with 19 of those being over the hurdles.

Woody is probably lucky to have made it as far as he did, as after his first win at Mildura in 2009 he was almost out the door, but the master trainer thought he would try him over the jumps to see if this would spark his willingness to win. This proved to be a lucky and rewarding move as he went onto win 9 hurdle races and rejuvenated his flat form to win a further 10 races, becoming the most winningest horse at the stable with 20 wins. Further to his wins he finished in the placings another 20 times and earning his owners over a million dollars in prizemoney.

Obviously it is jumping that Woody is best known for and he won his first hurdle race back in 2011. From here his hurdle career flourished with wins in the Kevin Lafferty Hurdle (2012), Yalumba Hurdle (2013), Galleywood Hurdle (2014), Australian Hurdle (2014) and an outstanding feat of 3 Brendan Drechsler Hurdles (2012, 2013, 2014).

Fortunately, he has retired soundly after being pulled out of his one and only hurdle start this season at Bendigo on the weekend.

He will be sadly missed around the stables and no one will miss him more than foreperson Angela, who put in endless hours caring for Woody throughout his career.

Woody will now spend the rest of his life with Kirsty McMahon in Warrnambool.

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