OUTSTANDING youngster Wobelee did more than add another major to his ever-growing tally at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight.
Making light work of his opposition, Wobelee captured the New South Wales Trotters’ Derby to extend his record to 13 wins and three placings from 16 starts.
The three-year-old’s victories include five Group Ones and a pair of Group Twos.
Obviously pleased to see her stable star emerge triumphant, Victorian trainer Alison Alford is just as thrilled with the manner in which Wobelee handled the trip.
Alford explained the trek across the border doubled as a test to see how the gelding can handle being away from home.
“He went awesome,” Alford said. “We were confident with him, but the question mark was how he was going to travel.
“The Derby is a race we would target with him, but it was also a guide to see if he was going to handle a trip before New Zealand.
“He took it all in his stride, so it helps with our confidence before he leaves for New Zealand in two-and-a-half weeks.”
Wobelee’s Trans Tasman campaign revolves around the Harness Jewels in Cambridge on June 2.
After beating Kyvalley Finn and Drop The Hammer in the Blue Riband in what was his second start from a spell, Wobelee is likely to be kept fresh before being taken to the Shaky Isles.
“I’m not sure if he will have another start,” Alford said. “There is nothing picked out as I haven’t looked past tonight.
“He still has to have the trip back home, so we’ll see how he recovers from that and make a decision from there.
“He may not race again, but a trial could be an option with him.”