Luke Nolen Set to Trial Black Caviar Filly Oscierta
Luke Nolen has had an interesting twist on the game of life that should serve as a reminder to all of us to enjoy every moment, because there is never any warning that that enjoyable moment might be set to permanently vanish.
Once the top rider for Peter Moody, Nolen found himself cast adrift when Moody turned his back on thoroughbred racing rather than deal with a cobalt suspension.
That twist of fate came after Nolen had to abandon the saddle to undergo back surgery to address spinal issues that required over six months of rehabilitation.
After dealing with those two obstacles, Nolen was up and riding again, when a horror crash at Morphettville in May almost cost him his life and left him feeling grateful to have only broken ribs and a severely fractured shoulder blade.
Those injuries were of enough significance that even following successful rehabilitation, Nolen, now a freelancer, had to engage in uncomfortable self-promotion in order to convince trainers that he could ride at his previous level again.
Nolen devoted close to 10 years riding for Moody and is now dealing with the reality of once again getting rides, but rides on the under-card, rather than the feature races.
He is looking forward to riding Black Caviar’s foal Oscierta in trials at Flemington, noting that the two-year-old gets out of the gate much quicker than her undefeated mother did.