By Grahame Timbrell
Wrongfully Wrong ($3.10 on TAB fixed odds) is doing just about everything right and has drawn to go out on a winning note in the Dream Ahead @Aquisfarm Class One (1000m) at Muswellbrook today.
The Stephen Gleeson-trained four-year-old speedster has drawn the inside gate but it would not surprise the trainer if Leanne Henry takes a trail just off the speed rather than try and lead.
“He has lost a little of his dash so if something else wants to lead I would be happy for Leanne to tuck in behind,” Gleeson said. “I am keen to give him a decent break after this run.
“He has had a good preparation with a win and two placings from five starts but a break now should see him come back even better. He is a nice horse but as a yearling he was ugly which is how he got the name.”
Wrongfully Wrong was bred by Gleeson’s brother Jason and Jason’s wife Melanie.
“He was such an ugly yearling they could not get anyone interested in taking him and they thought he would be no good,” Stephen said.
“However, as a rising two-year-old he went through quite a transformation and suddenly developed into a nice horse.
"The family decided we should keep him and see what we had so Dad broke him in and told us he felt good. Jason and Melanie admitted they were wrong about him, wrongfully wrong.”
The testing material will come from the lightly-raced Rogue Runner (Chad Lever, $2.60 favourite) which will be having his second run from a spell. Rogue Runner ran out of condition late when sixth at Newcastle when resuming but fought on bravely and was beaten less than two lengths.
“He is going to strip fitter for that run plus he had to carry 61.5kg at Newcastle,” Partelle said. Rogue Runner has only had four starts for a Scone maiden win in March.
“He has had his share of problems and he was off the scene for a long time (96 weeks) but he is going along well now,” Partelle said. The horse is certainly better than his trainer. Partelle is recovering from yet another bout of surgery following injuries he suffered in an accident in the tie-ups at Wyong several years ago.
In the meantime, there will be more than the usual range of emotions for young trainer Danielle Seib and her mother Julie before, during and after the running of the Lewis Seib Memorial Maiden (1500m). Seib had hoped to run I Want in the race named in honour of her late father but the four-year-old did not survive the ballot.
Instead she and her mother Julie will be watching from the sidelines aware that what might have been Danielle’s last chance to have a runner on her home track had slipped away. Julie will also be facing the fact her daughter is about to depart the family nest.
Seib is leaving Muswellbrook next month to take a senior role with leading trainer, Danny Williams, at Goulburn.
“Danny stabled his horses with me when he brought Don’t Give A Damn over for the Country Championship Wild Card in March,” Seib said. “He told me that if I ever wanted a job to give him a ring so, after a lot of thought, I am going over to become his travelling foreman.
“He will let me train in my own right as well so I will be taking four two-year-olds I bought at Scone earlier this year plus Assault’n’bathory which is showing promise. As for the other horses I am not sure.”
Seib is excited about her new role: “It will certainly be different and there is a chance Danny will be sending some of his nice two-year-olds to Melbourne during the spring so that will be a great experience,” Seib said. “This is a chance to learn so much more from a great trainer and horseman.”
Seib is nearing the end of her teaching degree at Newcastle University, which she is completing on-line. Study, riding trackwork and training is something she has had to juggle after taking over the stable following her father’s death in June last year.
“Working with Danny, training a couple of my own horses and finishing uni is going to be yet another juggling act but I’m used to that,” she said. “Eventually I do want to teach but that is a bit further down the track.”
1-1.05, THE MISSION @AQUISFARM BENCHMARK 65, 2310m: MEINER FRECCIA 1, Cut The Mustard 2, Packen 3, All Well 3.
2-1.45, DIVINE PROPHET @AQUISFARM MAIDEN, 1280m: REBECCA’S QUEST 1, Rubble 2, Collision 3, Sassy Charlie 4.
3-2.20, SPEITH @AQUISFARM BENCHMARK 58, 1000m: BRYAN’S BABE 1, Flash Stinger 2, Sister Joy 3, Mac’s Reward 4.
4-3.00, LEWIS SEIB MEMORIAL MAIDEN, 1500m: WEIGELA 1, Keeva 2, Cosmic Charge 3, Meale 4.
5-3.35, AL MAHER @AQUISFARM CLASS ONE, 1280m: BLAZING ISSUE 1, Heredero 2, Rubel 3, Explosive Missile 4.
6-4.10, INVADER @AQUISFARM BENCHMARK 58, 1500m: PORT GOLD 1, Single Intent 2, Peyton Place 3, Retribution 4.
7-4.50, DREAM AHEAD @AQUISFARM CLASS ONE, 1000m: ROGUE RUNNER 1, Sweetest Eyes 2, Wrongfully Wrong 3, Good Grab 4.
Best Bets: Weigela, Port Gold