I’m Wesley is the new king of Tasmanian sprinters after winning his fifth race in a row in the $100,000 Newmarket Handicap at Mowbray on Wednesday night.
Ridden by former Devonport apprentice Raquel Clark, now based in Adelaide, I’m Wesley was given a perfect run just behind the leaders before comfortably accounting for Lord Da Vinci and Gee Gee Red Prince.
It was the biggest career win for Wesley Vale trainer Glenn Stevenson who prepares I’m Wesley for North West Coast owners Leon Perry, Bronwyn Perry, Ben Holland and James Niaura.
“I’m pumped,” an elated Stevenson said.
“It’s not only my biggest win but the horse is owned by a lot of friends so it means a fair bit to me.
“I’ve never been to this level before but I’ve kept working hard and finally got a result.”
Stevenson said that I’m Wesley, the Mowbray track record holder, had always been a good horse “but has battled a lot of problems.”
“We’ve had to take our time with him,” the trainer said.
“He’s always been strong but immature.
“He wears bar plates on his hind feet and he pulled up with a few issues after his last run here.
“So I’ll see how he pulls up after this race before making any plans.
“He will have a short break at least.”
Stevenson said he went into the Newmarket “confident but not bullish.”
“I’m just pleased he’s now shown what a good horse he is.”
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