Bleeding ends Aussie career
By TONY McMAHON ? EACH telephone call that trainer John Wigginton has answered since early last Sunday morning is a reminder of what a huge impression his sensational sprinter Man Of Illusion created in establishing a new class record time in winning last Saturday in Brisbane.
Wigginton admits his emotions over Man Of Illusion are mixed after the impeccably bred Encosta de Lago entire returned to the Doomben winners' stall after the six lengths win in the 1100 metres Dash, bleeding from both nostrils.
As it was Man Of Illusion's second bleeding attack during a light racing career, he is automatically banned from racing in Australia for life.
"I went from jubilation to being shattered all within the sake of a few minutes. He was an exciting sprinter with a huge future.''
Since 6.45am on Sunday the trainer said he had fielded at least 12 inquiries to buy Man Of Illusion.
"The phone hasn't stopped ringing and it was on again today (Monday),'' Wigginton said.
He said bloodstock agents, studmasters and others likely to be acting for American interests had been making offers.
In America and some other countries, under strict supervision bleeders are permitted to race on Lasix, a drug which has benefits in preventing bleeding attacks.