25 April 2020
Everyone has a Gavin Lang story, here is ours.
Gavin Lang is of course most known for his exceptional driving skills but he was also an outstanding horseman.
In 1996 we decided to sell our yearling crop as going horses instead of at the yearling sales.
Darren Jacobson broke in about 12 yearlings for us that year and got them going.
One of these horses was a bay horse from the debut crop of Safely Kept and out of an Adios Vic mare called Clockwork.
He had that high knee action which a lot of the Safely Kept’s had, but it was clear he had ability. Gav came up to the farm, drove him and liked what he saw.
“We had $15,000 on him and Gavin purchased him for that,” recalled Alan Galloway.
The horse turned out to be Persistency.
“It caused a bit of an issue with my Dad as he really wanted a good horse and actually offered me more for him. I couldn’t sell it to him though as it would have ruined the business,” Galloway said.
“He reminded me about it every time Persistency won!”
Persistency was a multiple Group One winner but he had a lot of issues that only a great trainer could deal with.
As a three year old he looked like the next big thing of Australian harness racing but then problems such as ring bone, suspensory injury, bone splint, etc emerged.
It was a testament to Gavin’s abilities that he not only kept him going but also got him to win the Kilmore Cup and Tasmanian Pacing Championship as a nine year old.
He picked Persistency out and trained him for every one of his 73 starts.
Gavin Lang was a champion horseman. He will be sadly missed.
Our thoughts go out to his family.