Four jockeys carried their fallen colleague's coffin into the town's Methodist church, which was crammed with mourners who crowded into corridors and ante-rooms to hear the service for the 26-year-old rider.
Lord Oaksey, a founder member of the Injured Jockeys' Fund, gave the address. He said that Wood, although small in stature, was 'strong, fearless, cool and had a shrewd tactical brain.
'Some have written that Wood would never have made a champion jockey - the same had been written about Willie Carson.
'For a man who never stood 5ft and weighed only 7st soaking wet, 'Samson' (his nickname in racing) was plenty good enough. Steve was by nature a shy, rather solitary man and even travelled by himself to races, sitting alone and quiet in the changing rooms. But I know how much he was liked and respected by his colleagues in the weighing room.
'He was a thoroughly nice and deservedly popular man,' Lord Oaksey said. 'Now his colleagues were left to ask: 'Why did it happen? Why did fate play such a dirty trick on such a man?'Reuse content