OUTSIDE the obvious, rising star Wobelee has a special reason to win at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.
Naturally Wobelee’s connections would like to see him continue his winning ways, but a victory from the trotter would also bring a smile to the face of his biggest fan at the right time.
Daughter of the gelding’s trainer Alison Alford, Katie is recovering from surgery to have a tumour in her shoulder removed.
No stranger to medical treatment, the 12-year-old is affected by the condition Neurofibromatosis, which causes usually benign tumours to grow on the skin.
NF1 and NF2 are caused by different faulty genes, which may be inherited or may have spontaneously mutated during the development of the egg or sperm.
“Katie had a tumour on her arm towards her shoulder which had to be removed,” Alford explained. “We just went back for a check up today and she is fine although she will have a war scare to remind her.
“She will be restricted in what she can do, which doesn’t suit her as she doesn’t do limitations that girl of my mine.”
To be driven by Katie’s father Chris, Wobelee has drawn barrier nine over 2240 metres.
The five-year-old scored from a similar draw over 1720 metres last week.
“He is feeling really good and I’m happy with the way he is coming through everything,” Alford said. “He is stepping up and doing what he needs to do each time we ask him.
“It’s always hard from where he draws, but his manners were perfect at the start last week so we are hoping he can keep improving at the gate and get back in the draw.”
Confident Wobelee can continue his way through the grades, Alford has set her sights on several majors during the New Year, including the Great Southern Star on February 1.
“He’s a quirky horse and we’re doing everything we can to sort him out and hopefully we are winning the war,” Alford said.
“He is maturing into a nice horse and we’d like to be in the main races early in the New Year.”