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Harness Racing: Glenledi Chief fights cancer to win

Glenledi Chief has completed a remarkable recovery from cancer to return to winning ways at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Glenledi Chief took out the Hamilton Content Creators Handicap and speaking after the race reinsman Ryan Warwick revealed that just 12 months ago his charge was at death’s door as he battled the disease.

Amazing recovery

Warwick revealed that cancer is a rare disease among horses and they were shocked to learn that Glenledi Chief was suffering from it. Thankfully the gelding has made a full recovery but it was an anxious time for connections.

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“He was going good, but he was skinny and just couldn’t hold his weight,” said Warwick. “So, we sent him to the vet who discovered he had a cancer the size of a football in his groin.

“The cancer growth was cut out and the horse underwent radiation treatment. It was crazy and the recovery took a while because no one could go near him because of the radiation.

“I had never heard of a horse suffering from cancer, and now he has made a full recovery.”

Impressive win

Glenledi Chief was second-up from a spell in his latest assignment and he held off the fast-finishing American Bullitt to win by a half-length.

It came just 11 days after he romped to a five-length victory at Pinjarra and Warwick is impressed.

“I was surprised that he won by so far at Pinjarra because his work at home is never good,” said Warwick. “You always go into a prep wondering where you are at, but the longer the prep gets, the better he goes. Tonight, he felt comfortable all the way.”

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