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    Former boom youngster primed for return Former boom youngster primed for return

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    FORMER boom youngster Wobelee will make his long awaited racing return on Sunday. Sidelined since July 2018, Wobelee is set to contest the Alf... Former boom youngster primed for return

    FORMER boom youngster Wobelee will make his long awaited racing return on Sunday.

    Sidelined since July 2018, Wobelee is set to contest the Alf Simons Memorial in Maryborough for trainer Alison Alford.

    After the gelding finished second in the Vicbred Final in Melton, Alford’s reinsman-husband Chris expressed concern to the horsewoman who ordered several tests to be performed on the three-year-old.

    Alford’s ‘gut feeling’ proved correct, with Wobelee discovered to be suffering from a stress fracture in his knee.

    As such the squaregaiter spent six months on the sidelines before beginning a “long slow build up.”

    “He’s had a pretty long rehab, including the water walker,” Alford said. “He then jogged for eight weeks and has been back in work for 14 weeks.

    “He’s had a long slow build up and is ready to make his return to the track.”

    To be driven by Chris, Wobelee is a $1.90 favourite despite drawing the outside of the front row.

    Making a successful Australian debut a fortnight ago, Zoeys Gift is considered the main danger from the pole.

    Prepared by David Miles, Zoeys Gift is at $3.

    “It’s exciting to have him back,” Alford said. “The draw hasn’t help, but he is forward enough to win.

    “He has had plenty of miles put into him and a trial in which he went well.

    “While it will be nice to see him win, the main thing is to get him through this run unscathed and go from there.”

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