Meanwhile in … Adelaide: fan realises final wish at the track – in his hospital bed

Nigel Latham Morphettville horse racing fan at track in hospital bed
Racing fan Nigel Latham trackside at Morphettville: “a brilliant, memorable experience”

Australia: A racing fan with days to live realised one of his final wishes when he spent a day at the races watching the action from his hospital bed.

Nigel Latham, 58, was on his way home from hospital in Adelaide to start palliative care on Saturday when the ambulance stopped off at Morphettville.

“I had been watching the racing in hospital, so wanted to go there,” Latham told 7News. “In normal circumstances I would’ve been there for a great day of racing. I’ve been a member of the South Australian Jockey Club for the last three years and own shares in a couple of horses.”

Latham was positioned on the infield in his hospital bed, accompanied by his wife Laura and ambulance staff, from where he saw Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Craig Williams ride a treble that included a G1 success on Instant Celebrity, for which he said Latham had been the inspiration.

“He’s only got maybe days to live,” said Williams. “He’s come here with the ambulance people at the 200m mark all day. His last dying wish was to come to the races. 

“So to Nigel Latham, I said to my horse if she’d get over the line we’d make sure we give him the winning goggles and she did her job really well.

“It was his inspiration and we’d like to be grateful to people like Nigel who support the industry and have his last dying wish coming here today for a great raceday.”

Latham said: ““I’ve had brilliant care at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. They have all tried so hard for me and then getting me to the races meant so much. It was a brilliant, memorable experience with my wife by my side.”

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