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Pinions 1st Stem Cell Therapy Winner
Listed Australian animal health company Vet Biotechnology claimed "the 1st racecourse success for its stem cell tendon & ligament therapy" with the winning return of 4YO gelding Pinions (Pins-Plume) over 1000m at Cheltenham Park in Adelaide, reported racenet.com.au. The David Hayes-trained Pinions was treated in September 2005 with the revolutionary therapy which "uses the horse's own bone marrow as a source of stem cells that are purified & expanded into vastly increased numbers in the laboratory; a VBL-accredited veterinarian then implants these cells directly into the injury site". Lindsay Park's head veterinarian Dr Campbell Baker said after the race: "Considering the severity of the injury, where the core lesion extended across 75% of the tendon, this is an outstanding result for the new therapy." Vet Biotechnology general manager David Bridgland said Pinions is the 1st Australian winner for the treatment & follows the winning return to the racecourse of horses treated in Europe & the UK; he noted: "This service has been available in Australia for just over a year & we recommend a 12-month rehabilitation period. Accordingly, the next few months should be exciting as we see more horses return to the racetrack."