WHEN I called Tony Chisholm this morning to discuss his win at Tabcorp Park Melton it was going to be a ‘run-of-the-mill’ report.
But after having a chat with the horseman I realised a few things – Chisholm’s story is no basic tale; the bloke has more ticker in his pinkie than most do in their entire body; anyone who thinks they’re doing it tough should phone him as a wake-up call!
Back to his win, Chisholm registered his initial metropolitan success as a trainer when Big Bang Leonard scored against M0 company.
Driven by Jason Lee, the son of Art Major enjoyed the perfect one-one trip before scoring from Million Dollar Gem and Goonly.
Paying $77.40 on the tote, Big Bang Leonard rated 1:57.4 over 2240 metres.
“I’ve won in town as an owner, but this is my first as a trainer,” Chisholm said. “It’s great to get a win there.
“I was more confident with him last week when he ran second than I was this time around, but he got the job done.”
As for the conversation with Chisholm, it was difficult to hear – and that has nothing to do with the fact he talks via an Electrolarynx.
The toughest part of the conversation was comprehending everything Chisholm has, and continues to, endure.
For example the Electrolarynx – a battery operated machine which produces sound for you to create a voice – used by people who have lost their voice box as a result of cancer.
First diagnosed four years ago, Chisholm, is still battling the dreaded condition.
Having already lost his wife and a son in tragic circumstances before his cancer battle, Chisholm then lost his other son not long after his diagnosis.
That’s where his ‘ticker’ comes into it, with Chisholm battling on and reaping the rewards of success as an owner and trainer.
“I had to stop training for a little while because of the cancer and having a few operations,” Chisholm said. “But other than that I have been training right through.
“The Cravens, which includes Marg Lee and her sons, have been very good to me…I can’t thank them, enough.
“I work my horses out of their place and it was Paddy who picked Big Bang Leonard out of the claimers for me.
“My cancer battle is ongoing, but I’m getting along okay.”