Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Trainer Sad to Say Goodbye

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Trainer Sad to Say Goodbye

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Byline: tony mcmahon tmbsport@capnews.com.au

RACING: It goes without saying that the next fortnight will be the longest and no doubt the saddest affable Rockhampton trainer Neil Boyle has endured during his lifetime in racing.

aHorses and horse racing are all I know. I've been around horses all my life. I kicked off as an apprentice jockey at 15 with Billy Clarke in Brisbane and then after riding all around the place until I was 25 I went straight into horse training. Jumped horses from one to the other, so to speak. I'm going to miss it, that's for sure,a Boyle said at his almost empty Callaghan Park stable barn yesterday.

Miss it, Boyle will, but philosophically. Based on specialist medical advice, he realises he has no choice but to pack up his shackle and walk away.

Until last winter he, like so many ahands-ona horse trainers, believed his aching back and lingering pain was part and parcel of the labours of working with and training racehorses.

Regrettably, it was far more serious and he was diagnosed with a vascular spinal tumour, which required urgent surgery.

aI had surgery in Brisbane last August but it was a very delicate and complex operation because of the proximity of the tumour to the spinal chord.

aIt was a non-cancerous tumour but the surgeons blocked one of the arteries and advised me to stop hard physical work, as it would only stimulate the growth of the tumour.

aThey were reluctant to perform further surgery. They told me of the severe risks involved, which could restrict my mobility. I've gradually cut back but the pain is becoming so intense and the risks so high that I've got to give the horses away,a he said.

From a stable of 14 horses just a few months ago, Boyle has only three left as he prepares to vacate his on-course stables in a about a fortnight.

aI've still got Cocktail Supreme and Star O Minto left. I'm not quite sure exactly what date I'll be leaving yet,a he said.

Stable flag bearer Two Tone will carry his readily identifiable aall cerise and black horseshoea colours, with Tony Pattillo on board, in the third Rockhampton race, the Class 6 (1200m) at 1. …

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