Veteran of 172 starts showing no signs of slowing down

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Murray Bridge trainer John Hickmott knows the time is approaching he will need to have a conversation with his workhorse Flow Meter about retirement.

As one of South Australia’s and possibly Australia’s current longest-serving racehorses, the 12-year-old is showing no signs of wanting to toss in his career which stands at 17 wins and 47 placings from 172 starts.

On Saturday at Morphettville Parks the old boy ran a slashing third in a Benchmark 76 over 2250m at the juicy odds of $91 - bringing its career prizemoney to a touch under $700,000.

Several months ago Hickmott, who trains in partnership with Carrina Riggs, announced his star’s retirement, believing once a horse reached the age of 12 its racing days were finished.

But racing regulations state a horse must retire at the age of 13, giving the team an extra season with their star – subject to a few health checks.

“To keep racing the horse had to go through the most stringent vet tests,’’ Hickmott said.

“Every joint was checked, ligaments, heart. He passed with flying colours.

“He has paid for his vet bills but he is still so keen to race.

“Every time a float leaves the stable without him he gets a bit cranky. He just wants to keep racing. He’s a gem.’’

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The horse the stable calls Danny has been with the Hickmott team since he was a yearling with the same ownership from the start.

“The horse loves what he does, he’s about as old as me so if I can keep going, he can too,’’ Hickmott said.

“When a float leaves our property old Flow wants to be on it.’’

While not quite in Flow Meter’s age bracket stablemate France’s Boy also is chalking up a durable record. Overall the eight-year-old has recorded 12 wins and 18 placings from 77 starts, a gallant second in Saturday’s handicap over 1550m on the Parks track adding to the coffers.

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Originally published as Veteran of 172 starts showing no signs of slowing down

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