By Brenton Le Grand
It will be a big couple of days for Rockhampton based trainer Jared Wehlow, as he saddles up no less than five runners this Friday and Saturday on his home surface.
Wehlow gets the ball rolling on Friday in the Iron Jack QTIS 2YO and 3YO Maiden Handicap over 1100m with his unlucky galloper Brave Jewel.
The two-year-old Unencumbered filly has been runner up at her past two outings, and looks to go one better after drawing the inside gate for Tiffani Brooker.
“She’s just found one too strong the last couple of times out,” Wehlow said. “Hopefully Tiffani can take advantage of the good draw and get us in a nice spot in running, as she certainly deserves a win for connections.”
Wehlow then lines up L’Amour Malade in the Col Donovan Memeroial 0-55 BM Handicap over 1600m, again drawing well in gate four for Brooker.
The three-year-old Love Conquers All gelding comes off a handy maiden win two starts back at Mackay, although Wehlow admits he doesn’t know what happened last start.
“He’s quite lazy and has been pretty tricky to figure out,” Wehlow said. “The blinkers will go on this Friday, and hopefully that switches him on a bit.”
Later in the card, Wehlow has Aloof’s Turf engaged in the Linemac Motors Class 3 Handicap over 1500m. The four-year-old Daliapour gelding put back-to-back wins together last preparation, and steps up to the more suitable 1500m on Friday.
“He’ll be much better over this distance, and he has won second up before,” Wehlow said. “We will need a bit of luck from gate nine, but hopefully we can get some cover and be hitting the line.”
Wehlow then turns his attention to Saturday at Rockhampton, with Worthy Hero engaged in the Livinadream Syndicate BM 70 Handicap over 1400m.
A winner of ten races, the six-year-old Kaphero gelding drops back in grade, but has received his decent lump of weight.
“He goes a lot better out in front, but hasn’t really had the opportunity to lead at his last couple,” Wehlow said. “He’s one of the better horses in our stable, but just needs to get the right run in transit this weekend.”
Wehlow wraps up the weekend with Damn Fine engaged in the Claude Green Memorial Class 3 Handicap over 1200m, admittedly not knowing much about the four-year-old Choisir gelding.
“I’ve only had him in my system for a couple of weeks now,” Wehlow said. “He certainly has some ability, but we will be tweaking a few things along the way to try and figure him out."