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Mosely breaks Southland absence

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 01/02/2014
Brent Barclay
JAMES JUBB
REINSMAN: Brent Barclay will drive The Octagon at Wyndham tomorrow.

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The Octagon, accepted for the Marshall's Garage Ltd Pace at Wyndham tomorrow, will be the first horse trainer Len Mosely has raced in Southland for 18 years.

Mosely moved from Waikouaiti to Aylesbury, near Christchurch, in 1996. In October, he shifted to Leeston, where he trains a small team.

The Octagon was an unlucky sixth when unable to get clear until the last 100m at Ascot Park 11 days ago. He is staying in the care of Winton reinsman Brent Barclay for the Wyndham meeting.

''Southland has been a good hunting ground for me,'' Mosely said yesterday.

Mosely had a serious training accident four years ago. He was training a horse when the bit broke, the horse bolted and tossed Mosely out of the cart.

The licence holder suffered knee damage and couldn't walk for two years.

''I had six operations in 18 months and at one stage they were going to amputate the leg,'' Mosely said.

''The bone had died and they were joining it with wire. I was on crutches for 18 months.''

The Octagon injured Mosely in the winter of 2012.

''I was putting his cover on, doing up the back leg straps and he spun around and broke my hip.''

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- The Southland Times

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