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ISORICH RETURNS TO FAVOURITE TRACK


In a decade long career racing’s ‘iron horse’ Isorich has always had a preference for his home track.

In fact, the rising 13-year-old has won eight times at Wyong, half of his 16 career victories at the track and been placed on six occasions.

So, it’s no surprise trainer Wayne Seelin expects he can find his best in Thursday’s BM68 over the 1200m, his 154th start.

With his career now coming to an end another victory would mean the world to Seelin and owner Paul Watson.

“He’s probably only got another couple of runs in him so a win would be great,” Seelin said. “It’s been a long preparation for him but there was no point spelling him at this stage, so I’ve been spacing his runs & freshening him up here and there.

“I’m not one of those people who need for him to go out on a high, so if he won, he’d probably race again but it depends how he pulls up. We’re racing him because we enjoy it, so a couple more starts would be good but we’re taking it day by day.

Seelin said there are excuses for several of Isorich’s recent runs.

He had to contend with an unsuitable heavy track at Taree in his latest outing on April 1 and was galloped on at Rosehill in a Midway on January 28.

“There’s plenty of things in his favour on Thursday and I really think he will run well.

“He likes the track and distance, so it looks a good race for him. He’s been working well so providing we don’t get any rain and he gets a bit of luck in running he’s a good chance.”

A win would have a real Wyong flavour with Seelin engaging locally based apprentice Maddi Derrick.

“She can claim a couple of kilos and he generally races well for the apprentices.”

Isorich, who has amassed $815,000 in prizemoney, had his last win at Wyong on November 24 & was narrowly beaten on his home track on December 24.

Seelin also starts Flying Artie filly Kobold in the 1200m Fillies & Mares Maiden.

“She’s still a fine little thing and need to strengthen up, so I’ll probably spell her after this. In saying that she’s been working good and with the blinkers on I expect improvement but whether she’s up to some of these Sydney horses time will tell.”

The stable also has another veteran, nine-year-old Ondo Pasa in the 1350m F&M BM64.

Seelin trains the mare for the late Stan Thomas, who’s partner Evelyn remains in the ownership.

“She’s been struggling a bit lately, so I’m not sure how long they’ll keep her racing, but in saying that if she gets a run and the rain comes it will help.”

The first of eight races on the club Members Day, gets underway at 12.30pm.


*Words Frances O'Shea WRC - Pic Steve Hart Photography*



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