OUTSTANDING young squaregaiter Wobelee has been sidelined by injury.
Concerned with Wobelee’s action, reinsman Chris Alford expressed his worries to his trainer-wife, Alison, 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 gelding will be sidelined for up to six months, ruling out the upcoming Victoria Trotters’ Derby and Breeders’ Crown.
The Derby is scheduled to be run on August 5 as part of Maryborough’s famed Redwood program, with the Breeders’ Crown at Melton three weeks later.
“Chris just felt something wasn’t right with him, but couldn’t quite put his finger on it,” Alison explained. “He just knew the horse wasn’t happy or comfortable.
“We had him x-rayed and found there is some small movement in his knee. We are lucky we caught it reasonably early as we were told if he kept putting pressure on it, it would be a lot more serious.
“He will spend the rest of the year off and come back into work sometime in January.”
Boasting 14 wins and five placings from 19 starts, Wobelee hasn’t raced since finishing second in the Vicbred Super Series Final at Melton on July 6.