Subculture Finds Status after Injury

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Byline: TONY WHITE sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE mighty Clarence River is like a second home for the Wayne Lawson-trained Subculture.

The five-year-old requires constant management of a pedal bone injury; the Clarence waters an elixir of longevity.

Today at Grafton, Subculture, a Matthew McGuren mount, lines up in the J Demmery Bus Service/Coutts Crossing Cup (1408m).

Subculture's injury is the same problem that eventually brought about the demise of Lawson's other Commands galloper, Grenades.

While Grenades, like Subculture, a Darley cast-off, was unfortunate to get a bad infection in stress fractures in the pedal bone, through good management a and Lawson would admit, some luck a Subculture has continued to race and race well.

"It's an around-the-clock management job," Lawson said. "Every day is a blessing."

Such injuries are not uncommon in racehorses.

In fact, most gallopers carry injury problems from the elite to scrubbers.

Attention to detail and veterinary advice are paramount, as is a trainer's ability to overcome difficulties.

And swimming is a pre requisite to success, alleviating additional stress-loads from trackwork to maintain fitness levels in what amounts to a continual balancing act. …