Woods rues 'ones that got away'

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 July, 2010, 12:00am

Sean Woods chalked up his 200th winner in Hong Kong with the first leg of a double, but that was not the milestone he has been thinking about over the past few weeks.

Woods is ruing missed opportunities after amassing an incredible 49 second placegetters this season, a disproportionate figure to his 28 wins for the term.

'It's nice to get the 200 milestone, but really it's just a number, which doesn't concern me a great deal,' Woods said.

'The milestone that I am concerned about though is the number of narrow misses this season, I've almost raised the bat for 50 now and there's still three meetings left.

'It has been the most horrendous run of second placings I've experienced.'

To put Woods' statistics in perspective, leading trainers John Size, Caspar Fownes and John Moore have all had similar amounts of second placegetters - but have Woods covered by 30 plus winners in the season tally.

'Its been frustrating at times, but you just have to ride these periods out and hope that things swing back in your favour,' Woods said.

Things were certainly swinging Woods' way as Well Noted and Lambro hit the line first for Ben So Tik-hung and Zac Purton in their respective races.

'Well Noted just needed that slight class relief, and when he got the good draw he was always going to be competitive,' Woods said.

'Ben put him in the right place, he got the right pace in front and he fully deserved that win after a string of placings.'

Lambro surprised punters and trainer alike when he got the better of his more fancied stablemate Horace's Legend at odds of 20-1.

'I actually favoured Horace's Legend in the race, and when Lambro went straight past him it was a complete shock,' Woods said. 'I thought the track might just prove a little too hard for him today, because he prefers it with a bit more cut, but he beat Horace's Legend fair and square.'

Winning jockey Zac Purton once again got the best from Lambro - who he had won on twice previously.

'We tried different tactics today and rode him at the rear, but we got a beautiful trail into the race and he peeled out and really hit the line strongly,' Purton said.

Hot streak

Sean Woods is enjoying a stellar end to the campaign, extending his winning strike rate to: 5%