IT DIDN’T take Chris Lang long to reassociate himself with the winners’ circle.
Having left the industry due to health reasons four years ago, Lang made a triumphant return at Kilmore yesterday.
Lang trained and drove Miyabomba, which broke his maiden status by accounting for Crazy Ben and Revy Jay in a modest 2:06.6 over 2180 metres.
“It was great to come back on that note,” Lang said. “It was very exciting to be out there again.
“I even felt a bit nervous…it’s the first time I’ve been nervous in a restricted race for a long time.
“Hopefully I broke off any remaining ring rust and can get a few more wins on the board.
“It’s like riding a bike in a lot of ways as the muscle memory kicks in.”
Once Australia’s leading trainer of squaregaiters, Lang was forced to take his “long service leave” as a result of several related ailments.
Diagnosed with Raynaud’s disease, Scleroderma and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lang spent the next few years learning to manage his condition.
“I thought things would get better, but they never changed as it’s just the nature of the beast,” Lang explained. “So in the end I realised I need to manage it better and do something I enjoy, which is why I am back.
“I had a good time while I was off and felt it was the best thing to do at the time. We’d worked hard for long time and enjoyed some long service leave which was overdue.
“At this point I’m in good nick, working 10 horses and enjoying life.”