COMEBACK galloper Wyembah Charlie rubber-stamped his emphatic return to racing with a slashing victory in last Thursday afternoon’s New Year’s Gift Final (450m) at Maitland.
Off the scene for over seven months during 2017 with a career threatening wrist injury, Thursday’s 24.96 final victory capped off a remarkable return to the track for the four-year-old son of Glen Gallon, winning three of his five starts back for new trainer Chris Kedwell.
Taking out Thursday’s finale by five lengths in a fast 24.96, following on from his sizzling 24.87 heat victory, Wyembah Charlie took his career record to 12 wins from 55 starts, well and truly vindicating trainer Chris Kedwell’s decision to take on the “project” chaser.
“I decided to give him a go for six weeks and it’s working out to be one of the best decisions I’ve made,” beamed Kedwell earlier this week.
“It was a bit of luck how it all came about really. The dog was running around in his owner Brett Young’s backyard for about six months and through a connection between us of Peter Carter and Phil Munn I got asked if I’d like to give the dog a try.
“Brett was looking for someone to have one last go with him and I said I’d have a crack for six weeks and see how we went.
“I think it was after his second trial back I rang Brett and said don’t worry, he’ll make it.”
A son of Glen Gallon and Smooth Nitro, Wyembah Charlie is from a top performing litter which includes multiple city winning bitch Natahli Dedee (20 wins) along with Six Sense (13 wins) and Slick Skye (7 wins).
“Brett kept him in great nick at his place for all that time and he really came to hand pretty quickly – touch wood he’s pulling up really well – especially now he’s back race fit,” added Kedwell.
“At his first trial back at Maitland he went 22.70 and then I stewards trialled him and he went 22.38 and I was pretty keen to get him up to the 450 because I knew how strong he is.
“There’s plenty of him – he’s 38/39 kilos – the last couple of weeks from box one he’s had to really drive up on the fence and take a hit or two, last week was his biggest test, his confidence is really high at the moment so I’m just hoping he can go on with it from here.”
With that confidence, Kedwell heads to Wentworth Park this Saturday night with Wyembah Charlie, tackling a heat of the Group 1 Paws Of Thunder.
“Going so well he’s earnt a go at the race. He’s raced well there before but he is desperate for the rail so drawing box seven isn’t ideal.
“He’s just really responding to the way we are training him. Even though he is four years old I said to someone the other day with him missing most of last year he’s more of a three year old so we’ll have a look around for some nice races coming up.”