By Glenn Davis
Jared Wehlow is hopeful promising sprinter Inquiry can maintain his unbeaten Queensland record as he edges closer to a personal best training record at Mackay on Tuesday.
Wehlow has trained 27 winners this season and is just seven short of equalling his best training performance of 34 set last season.
“I had 34 wins last season and I’ve already got 27 wins this season so I’ll be surprised if I don't better that with several months to go,” Wehlow said.
Wehlow has been training for nine years and Inquiry, who runs in the Open Handicap (1300m), is one of 22 horses he has in work.
“He’s a good horse but he’s getting up in the weights now and has 62kgs tomorrow,” Wehlow said.
“He probably races best at smaller tracks like Mackay as Rockhampton has a long straight which could be his undoing one day.
“It's a big weight but I still think he can win again.”
Inquiry led and won by more than three lengths over 1100 metres in his Queensland debut at Mackay on March 11 before leading again to win by nearly two lengths over 1400 metres at Townsville on March 28.
At his last appearance, Inquiry was ridden by heavyweight jockey Brad Pengelly when he narrowly won over 1200 metres at Rockhampton on April 14.
Despite his massive weight, Wehlow was reluctant to claim on the five-year-old who has won all three starts in central Queensland since being bought at an on-line auction.
“I think he will make an ideal horse for the winter carnival up here,” Wehlow said.
“He’s getting up in the weights but he’s very fast and has got a lot of ability.
“He’s not a hard horse to ride but he’s not easy either and Ash Butler is riding him.
“He’s a heavyweight rider so he won’t have to carry much dead weight.”
Inquiry was previously trained in country NSW by Cody Morgan, a close friend of Wehlow and had previously won four times in 15 starts for him and his previous trainer James Cummings.
Inquiry was bought by Cairns bookmaker Brian Jorgensen who approached Wehlow to train him.
“I’m friends with Brian’s son Chris, who also is a Cairns bookie, and I’ve now got three horses for them,” Wehlow said.
Racing Queensland webnews - April 27