He may not be the world’s best racehorse, but Aussie thoroughbred Vote For Lust is everyone’s mate and a real cool bloke.
Vote For Lust – or Lusty as he’s known at home – is retiring after failing to get home in front in 90 starts. He has been dubbed Australia’s worst racehorse – the polar opposite of unbeaten mare Black Caviar.
Even three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Glen Boss could not coax a victory out of Lusty, though he said the horse “showed promise for about 100 meters before tailing off”.
Despite his lack of success, he’s a popular figure, and even has his own Twitter account and Facebook page with more than 770 fans.
Owned and trained by John Castleman at Mildura, the 12-year-old son of Voting and Lust For Spring is being retired short of getting to 100 starts because of a hoof abscess. He will have a change of pace with Castleman’s 14-year-old granddaughter.
Castleman told CNN: “He’s just really, really bad. He just doesn’t go fast.”
Lusty had 10 placings, and earned $22,032, enough to pay the bills and keep hopes alive. He finished last by nearly 13 lengths in his final race.
Glen Boss rode Lusty in his 87th start, with the horse sponsored by the betting company Betfair.
He told CNN: “He likes the outing but he’s sociable and just wants to stay in the pack with his mates. If he could have a beer and a steak sandwich, I reckon he would.”
Castleman said Lusty was useful to have around the place as he had a calming influence on the other horses. “He’s just a bloody good bloke,” he said.
Vote For Lusts’s half brother, named He’s Not My Brother, had his race debut in early September, finishing last.