THE compassion and love towards equine and the pacer’s will to live are etched into the folklore of Love Ina Chevy.
Regardless of his racetrack achievements – which include winning last Friday night’s Ararat Cup – Love Ina Chevy’s tale will always be that of a survivor.
Just to recap, trainer Lance Justice found ‘Chevy’ collapsed in his paddock as the result of a suspected snake bite in January 2016.
Although no snake was spotted, Love Ina Chevy had puncture wounds in his mouth and was deteriorating rapidly.
Staff battled for three days to stabilise the son of Jeremes Jet, with the major operation including placings blow-up mattresses under the gelding, a make shit tent placed over him and constantly being massaged – even during an overnight thunder storm!
Seven months later Love Ina Chevy was at the trials and since then he has won 17 races!
Love Ina Chevy’s heart warming saga wasn’t the only ‘feelgood’ narrative during the weekend, with Womenwhiskyngold also providing connections with a fairytale result.
Having endured a checkered start to life, Womenwhiskyngold proved he has taken no harm from the ordeal when he scored in Parkes yesterday.
“Within 24 hours of birth he ended up on the small animal operating table at the veterinary clinic where I work,” co-owner Judith Wright explained. “There my boss Alan Sharrock had to break up a high impaction in his intestine.
“The following 10 hours I did not leave him as I had to help him up to be able to drink and then cover him with blankets when down to keep him warm.
“Without this intervention he would not have survived.”
Driven by Mark Hewitt, Womenwhiskyngold began slowly from the pole to be two-back along the pegs as Midnight Sport led from barrier five.
Shuffled back as Dryden cruised to the front during the middle stages, Womenwhiskyngold gained an opening along the back stretch as the field began drift apart.
Sprinting to the front around the home turn, the gelding completed a 12-metre win from Tulhurst Writer, with Art Legend 37 metres away third.
Breaking his maiden status at his third start, the son of Mr Feelgood rated 2:01.6 over 2040 metres for trainer and co-owner, Adam Bellach.
“He came through the surgery with flying colours and has never looked back,” Wright said. “We are very happy with him.”