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Australian owner-breeder Phil Sly credits his star filly with helping him fight cancer

Australian owner-breeder Phil Sly with Lumosty
Phil Sly has every reason to prioritise his life. The owner-breeder has had 46 operations in a battle with cancer that has stretched from a “six months to live” prognosis to a pending five-year milestone.
Sly was in Brisbane last week for cell treatment, and on Tuesday was due for surgery “to remove a couple of more ribs”. But he postponed the operation until Monday to attend a fundraising lunch at Flemington on Saturday.
The lunch is in support of the Pancare Foundation — of which he is a director and sponsor — a charity devoted to the research and treatment of bowel, liver, biliary, pancreatic and foregut cancers. Sly has them all.
An added bonus will be watching his filly Lumosty run in the Listed Straight Six down the straight at Flemington on the way to a crack at Group 1 glory during the Brisbane carnival.
Sly, who owns 80 horses, calls cancer “the grub”. “I’ve got the grub back,” said the 55-year-old, who credits Group 1 winner Mosheen for prolonging his life.
“Mosheen came along when I was first diagnosed with the grub. She opened up Japan to me; she opened up the meeting with Dr (Mehrdad) Nikfarjam and Pancare. What that horse has done for me, no human being could have done,” he said.


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