Trainer Luke Fernie has been involved with a lot of horses, but he admits Iseered Iseered is one that tugs at the heartstrings.
“He is my favourite horse and gets the golden treatment,” Fernie told The Races WA.
“He’s just a horse that’s had to go through a fair and I think he’s pretty special.
“He’s had to overcome a couple of big obstacles for a young horse.
“From the beginning when dad (Peter) bought a half share in him there was an ownership dispute over the other 50 percent.
“He then suffered severe colic and when he got over that he suffered a bad virus.
“He was rushed to the vets and was lucky to come out of it ok.
“It was pretty serious and really knocked him around.
“There always seemed to be something going on with him.
“That’s why he gets the special attention from me.”
Iseered Iseered made the perfect start to his racing career after he waltzed in by 1 ¼ lengths on debut at Kalgoorlie last October.
On his return at Ascot in January he met solid support from punters to make it two wins from as many starts, but fell just short of the mark.
He sat behind Madam Torio’s fast tempo and battled away to finish second after Island Charm charged late in the 1000m contest.
Fernie is optimistic Iseered Iseered can return to the winner’s list in Saturday’s Magic Millions WA 3YO Trophy (1200m).
“Madam Torio is a 1000m specialist and set a fast pace,” Fernie said.
“Iseered Iseered may have burnt the candles at both ends.
“But he’ll strip fitter and will have blinkers.
“He won’t have to be ridden as aggressively.
“This is the race he has been set for.
“I’m happy with him going in.”
Iseered Iseered has drawn barrier eight and will be ridden by Mitchell Pateman again.
He’s the $4.20 second favourite behind Gemma’s Son, firming from his opening price of $6.
“I would love for the horse to win, but also for the owners,” Fernie said.
“Through all the issues they have been very patient.
“They have backed my judgement the whole way.
“They have never second guessed me.
“I would love for them to be rewarded.”