Moore in drug call after Fastabob bleeding attack
By Racing Editor LAWRENCE WADEY
FASTABOB'S success in yesterday's fourth event was soured when he was subsequently found to have bled badly, leading trainer John Moore to call for the introduction of the drug lasix into local racing.
Lasix helps to stop horses from breaking blood vessels during their training and their racing. It is commonly prescribed in many racing jurisdictions in the United States. For instance some of River Verdon's opponents raced on it in the Arlington Million in Chicago last September.
After Fastabob showed a top-class turn of foot to pull clear of the gallant Star Of Lihlin, Moore said: ''We have reached a point here where racing is so sophisticated that there must be an argument for the introduction of lasix.
''I'm not saying that we allow horses to race on them here but what is wrong with trainers being allowed to use lasix in their preparation for races with horses coming off the drug some seven days before they are due to compete? ''This is particularly the case when we race horses to such a ripe old age here.
''Nor am I the only one who thinks this. Other top trainers share my views and I will definitely be bringing this up at the next trainers' association meeting.
''After all, much of this bleeding can be laid at the door of the Florida 'flu virus. This horse had lots of mucus after that virus and such drugs as lasix can be a help in this kind of situation.'' Fastabob's owners left the track unaware that their expensive Australian import, who had run such top races behind Quicken Away and Concert King on his first two starts in the territory, had bled.
Moore went on: ''I will be explaining to them that America is one option we have with this horse.
''Should he show signs of bleeding again it doesn't mean that he is a redundant racehorse in my book. There is an option of sending him to a trainer say in California like Charlie Whittingham where he could be trained on lasix.
''But we will worry about that if and when it arises. In the meantime I will now be relying on Happy Money and Motivation as my International Bowl and Cup contenders.'' Meanwhile, Neville Begg and Robert Thompson's luck continues to change for the better.
They scored with Local Colour at the Valley on Wednesday and yesterday landed an old-fashioned touch when debutant Winning Partners annihilated his rivals in the third race, looking a smart horse in the process.
''He is probably an out-and-out sprinter,'' said Thompson after racing. ''He gives me the impression that he is very much a speed horse.'' Winning Partners came home a wide-margin winner from David Oughton's rank outsider Sir Valid. It was only a Class Three contest but the wonder is that Winning Partners was racing in that grade at all, having won by five lengths on only his third start in Australia.
That Australian win came 15 months ago when trained by Begg's son Graeme. Since then Winning Partners has been struck down by a twisted bowel which required an eight-hour operation.
He suffered a broken nose in a mystery stable accident and if that wasn't enough, then along came the equine 'flu.
Against this background, it was some training feat by Begg to have the four-year-old bursting with vitality for yesterday's contest.
Winning Partners will now have to race in Class Two but he looks good enough to prevail again before going on to better things.
No one would begrudge Begg and Thompson a top horse such is the torrid time they have endured over the last season.