Nic­colance gives Moses rea­son to keep go­ing

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT RACING - MANDY COTTELL

IT has been a long time com­ing but Kevin Moses is dar­ing to dream again thanks to two loyal mates and a bro­ken down horse.

The for­mer jockey turned trainer was dev­as­tated when he was disqualified for 12 months in 2015 for pre­sent­ing a horse to race with cobalt in its sys­tem, although he was found not guilty of ad­min­is­ter­ing the sub­stance.

A roller­coaster ride fol­lowed where he suc­cess­fully ap­pealed the ban and had it re­duced to a fine be­fore stew­ards lodged and won a fur­ther ap­peal and the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion was re­in­stated.

Moses served his time and was granted a train­ers li­cence a year ago but he hit an­other hur­dle when there were no boxes avail­able at Rand­wick. And that’s when two old mates stepped in.

“I was do­ing noth­ing and I couldn’t get any sta­bles at Rand­wick but Greg Lee and Pat Web­ster gave me a stable each,” Moses said. “One I turned into a feed room and other I keep my one horse in.”

That one horse is Nic­colance who re­sumes from a twostart win­ter cam­paign at Rose­hill to­mor­row.

Be­fore that cam­paign, the geld­ing had been side­lined for 18 months af­ter suf­fer­ing what vets thought was a ca­reer-end­ing in­jury while be­ing pre­pared for the 2016 Magic Mil­lions Tro­phy on the Gold Coast.

Then along came Moses, who found he needed Nic­colance as much as the horse needed him. He plans to give him a cou­ple of runs in Syd­ney and, all be­ing well, will head to the Gold Coast where he has un­fin­ished busi­ness.

Kevin Moses.

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