Can Wyong’s very own “iron horse” Isorich bring up yet another win on Saturday, furthering his remarkable home track stats?
Certainly, according to trainer Wayne Seelin, who said the rising 13-year-old is “feeling good and really happy” and ready to race well in the 1200m BM68 at the club’s Christmas Eve meeting.
“He’s got an amazing record at Wyong and there’s no reason why he can’t bring up another win on Saturday,” Seelin said. “He just loves the track and has only been out of the placings in seven of his 21 starts there.”
In fact, eight of those starts were winning outings, making up half of the geldings 16 career wins.
His latest Wyong victory was on November 24 when he saluted the judge in the same grade and distance.
As in most of his 147 career starts, he was sent out at big odds, returning $61 for the Isorich faithful, many who were on track to cheer him home.
“It was a fantastic win that day and we’re hoping he can do it again. It would be nice if he can get another result before he finishes up. There were excuses for him at Wyong last start when he finished well back over the 1300m. He was wide the whole way and if he doesn’t win the speed battle early, he doesn’t try so hard.”
Isorich was beaten more than six lengths in the Wyong race on December 14, having finished not far behind the winner at his previous start at Newcastle on December 3.
“He’s never really loved Newcastle. He led that day and only really got grabbed in the last 50m. The straight there is the extra 100m longer than Wyong and the tempo of the races is always solid over the 1200m.
“So, it’s never really suited him. You can’t just go to Wyong all the time, so we had to run him there but he’s back at this favourite track this time and ready to go.”
Isorich was a $7500 yearling who has returned his connections, including Seelin and Paul Watson, more than $800,000 in prizemoney.
He has been part of Seelin’s stable for more than half of his training career and he admits he’ll be sad to see him retire at the end of 2022/23 racing season.
“That’s racing. I knew life before him, and I’ll know life after him and he won’t be far away. He’ll have a home here in the top paddock.
“It’s been a buzz training him and I’ll keep looking for another one to replace him.”
The first race gets underway at 12.40pm.
Race 1- 12.40pm: THANK YOU TO ALL RACE DAY STAFF 4YO & UP MAIDEN (1300m): 1 JABALI BELLE, 2 Oakfield Blue Bell, 3 Galactic Angel, Ranhita.
Race 2 – 1.15pm: GIVE THE GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP – MID YEAR SPECIAL JUST $30 CLASS 1 (1000m): 1Flying Shelly, 2 Command Approved, 3 Rotorua, 4 Meod.
Race 3 – 1.50pm: TAB.COM.AU MIDWAY 3YO MAIDEN (1100m): 1 CHIPPER, 2 Adore The Rush, 3 Coolex, 4 I’m A Shaker.
Race 4 – 2.25pm: MAGIC MILLIONS YEARLING SALES 10-16 JANUARY MAIDEN (1100m): 1WINDSHADOW, 2 Hot Sundae, 3 Our Lady Stardust, 4 Rubicks Choice.
Race 5 – 3.05pm: MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM WYONG RACE CLUB CLASS 1 (1350m): 1 IRONBARK ARTIE, 2 Sirens Star, 3 Pinky, 4 Karuta King.
Race 6 – 3.45pm: CHALAMAR ESCAPES CONDITIONAL BM68 (1200m): 1 OAKFIELD TRIUMPH, 2 Don Luigi, 3 Isorchich, 4 Cushy.
Race 7 – 4.25pm: WYONG’S NEXT RACE DAY 7THJANUARY PROVINCIAL BM64 (1600m): 1SHOW ME YOUR LOVE, 2 Blue Guitar, 3 The Crimson Idol, 4 Sherwoods’ One.