Wordsworth was back in form at Te Rapa on Saturday, picking up the seventh win of his career when victorious in the Jones Trucking 2100.
The five-year-old gelding disappointed when beating just one runner home at Hawera a week prior and trainer Margaret Falconer was pleased to see him fulfil expectations on the weekend.
“We took him to Egmont thinking he would go well and for some reason he got a long way back,” Falconer said.
“We decided to back-up and that was where we thought he was on Saturday, so we are really pleased to get a result.”
The son of Makfi finished 10th in the Gr.3 Easter Handicap (1600m) two starts back and Falconer is hoping to target more stakes races when he returns in the spring after a winter spell.
“I thought he went really well,” she said. “We were hoping for a bit of rain because they went a bit quick for him on a mile on a good track.
“I thought he was tough. He was wide all the way and he was only beaten four lengths.
“He is going to have a little break now and then we will have a look at the early spring with him.
“We might try and tackle some of the Cups races in the spring. He seems to like Te Rapa so the Waikato Cup might be a target with him.
“He is a big horse and I think this time in he has just had a few immaturity problems, but we think we are going the right way with him now.”
Stablemate Nitrate finished fifth behind Wordsworth on Saturday and Falconer is looking forward to getting the one-win gelding back in his own grade.
“He was in there because we struggled to find a start in his grade. I was happy with his run against that class of horse,” Falconer said.
“Hopefully he can pick up something back in his grade.”