Now you can’t tell me that the Quest Hotel in the background of this picture – the building with the crane in the middle of it – isn’t lower down than the track and infield at Albion Park.
It’s obvious isn’t it?
So what’s all this crap from Clip Clop Kev and the Brisbane City Council about not being able to build on the harness racing track site because it’s flood prone?
Oh, that was last year’s excuse was it? Or the year before’s? Or the year before that’s.
There’s always an excuse not to build on Albion Park, and I am dead set certain that Clip Clop makes them up as he goes to make sure his four-legged equivalent of an only child’s favorite train set forever set up on the kitchen table by his ever-loving mammy never gets sold, at least not as long as he’s alive to watch the joint fall down anyway.
Clip Clop is a conman.
An absolute bullsh*t artist who makes tales about Albion Park up as he goes.
The truth is that the joint has been f*cked for years, long before the dodgy Russ Hinze stand got torn down by ….guess who?
Clip Clop’s then company Watpac.
It was structurally unsound says Clip Clop. They had to do it. Just like he had to pocket millions for doing it. But no-one asks the obvious question: who built the f*cking thing in the first place, and why did they do it so badly?
That’s only one thing though.
Like I said, Albion Park’s been buggered for years, decades even. The new stand was falling down from the moment it was built with money siphoned off from the education budget that was supposed to be spent on constructing schools by Clip Clop’s corrupt crony and partner in crime Russ Hinze, and the rest of the joint’s always been just as bad.
Old bastards like me remember the you beaut, gee whiz world’s largest semaphore board erected at the Hamilton end of the course on the turn out of the back straight. It worked properly for about 5 minutes on the opening night of the new track – the night Clip Clop and his mates changed the course’s history by refiguring it so races were now run anti-clockwise instead of the traditional clockwise, the sanctimonious sentimental ‘you can’t destroy our heritage’ hypocrites – and then started throwing up wildly innacurate prices and sectional times, and within weeks of the ribbon being cut it was semi on the blink and stayed that way for 20 years, and neither Clip Clop nor his handbags and acolytes like David ‘the Bantam’ Fowler ever did a single f*cking thing about it.
I guess it was okay for the Bantam. At least he had a comfortable, safe and stable interior broadcast tower to work from. Poor old callers like Chris Barsby, Dogs Dolan, Johnny Brasch and Anthony Jeffress have had to put up with working for a decade in a highly dubious and most doubtfully safe Leaning Tower of Pizza replica (above) that looks for all the world like it was built by Jedd Clampett.
Dead set you wouldn’t put your dog in that scaffold surrounded for a decade doss pit on stilts, let alone one of your sport’s most prized assets, the highly skilled race broadcaster. I’d love to know how that kennel built on sticks ever passed a workplace health and safety inspection, and I’d love to know how it still does.
Even more so I’d love to know how one of Queensland’s richest men worth billions can claim to be the sport’s benefactor when he refused to dig into his pocket or hock the club’s assets or investments to provide a safe and comfortable workplace for the heirs to the no-balled clown who became the faux-chairman of the nepotism and corruption ridden Albion Park Club.
You’d have to wonder why any race caller in the world still talks to David Fowler after his three-quarters of a decade doing absolutely diddly squat about their third-world working conditions wouldn’t you?
The truth is that from the minute Hinze and Seymour took over the joint Albion Park was never about the punters at all.
It was all about Kevin and his mates who huddled together up at the southern end of the venal, crooked, corrupt brothel jockey Russ Hinze stand, drinking free piss and sucking on a seafood smorgasboard in the members rooms while the average Joe like me stood six-deep waiting to pay twice the price for a beer as I would next door in the Spanish Garden of the Brekky Creek pub.
We all look back and remember wrong, our minds playing tricks with us and telling us that the glory days of harness racing came after Russ Hinze and Clip Clop assumed absolute control of the joint and the code.
It’s bullsh*t, absolute bullsh*t.
The real halcyon days of Albion Park were in the 70’s, when it still a sport run by people who loved it rather than crooks who couldn’t look at a dollar passing through hands without scheming up a plan to get theirs on it.
Those were the days when families would pack the snack bars, bistros, bars and stands, and the front lawn would be chocka block full of little cherubs like me racing each other up and down all night long while brandishing imaginary shillelagh’s and hollering out our favorite horse’s name.
You didn’t need a flash stand or a seafood smorgasboard to pull ten thousand punters to Albion Park every Saturday night; you simply needed a product. A wholesome, clean, fun sport affordable enough that families could take their whole tribe to itand have an absolute whale of a time, and Mums and Dads could have a drink and a night’s worth of bets too, secure in the knowledge that everything they backed was trying and that they were even money of backing a winner and going home with something in their pocket, and even if it was less than half of what they came with gee it was wages well-spent.
But then the bandits came along and stole the working class punters dream.
My name is Clip Clop Mandius, King of the Creek! Look on my works ye mighty, and despair
It was a free for all the minute Russ took over and made Clip Clop his deputy, an orgy of nepotism and favors and mates looking after mates and everyone getting rich except for the 98% of poor honest punters getting ripped off that made up the crowds.
There were racebook rorts where club Directors would give their family or friends concessions to print, publish and sell the form guides at massive mark ups, and restaurant rorts where catering contracts were awarded to c*nts in the know who couldn’t cook but were prepared to kick the contract givers back in cash or contra or kind, and all manner of swindles and stiffs and switches of all kinds.
It was red hot alright, and it was mainly off the track not on that it was sizzling. Of course while the going was good and people were still coming out to the track in the days before digital, the Clip Clop coterie had you over a barrel. If you wanted to have a bet with a bookie on your favorite trotter you had to come to the Creek to do it, and because most punters traveled to the track by motor vehicle there was a car park rort going on too, and who do you reckon held that particular contract?
The King’s car park capo himself, Clip Clop Kev, making money just like he did from the minute the joint stamped all over the Brisbane Amateur Turf Club and gained control of the publicly owned (through a trust) parcel of undeveloped prime inner city land.
Oh yeah, let’s not forget about that shall we? Albion Park was never Clip Clop’s or the Albion Park Harness Racing Club’s land originally at all, and it still isn’t. They just stole control of it from their rival code and usurped the public’s interest by making it all their own, and although it wasn’t Clip Clop’s doing in the early days he sure made a good quid out of holding the rights to the gate and recycling those gold and silver tokens whenever no-one was looking, that’s for sure, and he learnt fast and well and had long decades of salad days in what over time would become his self-proclaimed and claimed kingdom.
Every dog has his day senor, but every dog always dies, and now in his 50th consecutive year of continuous involvement – skimming, rorting, freeloading, profiteering, call it what you like he was always there – and at a time when he should be bowing out in a blaze of congratulatory acclaim, Clip Clop Kev finds himself surrounded by bonfires on all sides and praying for rain as his Empire of dirt, clay and deep dark mud begins to crack into a thousand pieces.
And do you know what?
It’s all the rich old fool’s own f*cking fault.
Clip Clop’s mad and massive ego wouldn’t allow him to let go, and his notorious love of a quid over-rode and partial instinct that he might have had to dig into his or the club’s pocket and try to fix a few of the basics up.
And now the house is about to come crashing down.
It’s always been about pride and ego and vainglorious peacocks, not about the sport; it always has been and it always will be, but most of all it’s always been about the dough.
The dough, the dough. For fifty years wherever Clip Clop’s gone an obsessive love of a quid has gone with him, and if he’s not making one then the whole thing’s not worth doing. That’s been Kevin’s MO for half a century and unless by miracle the old money-grubber has a Road to Damascus moment and turns the habits of a lifetime on their gead it always will be, and that’s why harness racing in Queensland finds itself where it is today.
Totally and utterly f*cked.
It’s taken me until now to say it, but ten race fixing arrests is enough, even though it’s far from the end.
We’ve seen just last week through the great Interdominion series at Gloucester Park how wonderful the time honored chariot racing can truly be.
Well punters, there’s only one way we are ever going to make harness racing great again in Queensland, and that’s to clean the whole bloody code out and start again.
Seymour must go today.
Fowler must go.
The whole board table full of troughers, suck-ups, sycophants and blokes on the make and take must go.
The Albion Park Harness Racing Club must be put under administration.
Every race fixer must be rooted out and banned for life.
Albion Park must be sold to the highest bidder and the whole ramshackle shell torn down and rebuilt into something vibrant and fun for the next generation so that they can enjoy the great surrounds of the creek in their own way, just like my Mum and Dad and my mates and me did for so long all those years ago.
Nothing lasts forever Axl said, and we both know hearts can change.
They don’t have to die to do it though, and nor does our sport.
Clip Clop stole the magic trotting kingdom years ago.
Now it’s time to wrest it back.
The future is ours you see.
Clip Clip sera, sera.
Piss off Kevin.
And don’t come back.
I had an interesting chat with my vet over in the Shaky Isles this evening, and somewhat unusually for a bloke like me who is most averse to the stuff the subject was blood.
Not the human type thankfully, but that of little slaughtered calves from the abbatoir where I once puked my guts up on a school trip that some sick f*ck of a teacher – there were plenty at St Paul’s back in the day, but none anymore thanks to the good Dr Browning, the best principal in the Pineapple State bar none – took us on supposedly for the purpose of learning all about meat production, but really just to sate the sadists sick lust for seeing kids spewing.
We’ll call the vet Dr Rock for the sake of preserving the sheep-shagger’s anonymity, despite the fact that unlike Eliot Forbes he follows the rules of his veterinary profession and doesn’t use the title unless he puts the initials after it that clearly signify that Dr Rock’s a vet not a medico, and isn’t authorised to deliver babies or pretend to be academic and intelligent.
Dr Rock reckons calves blood is the new elephant juice, a wonder potion that when filtered and distilled and titrated and spun like Michael Jackson turns into a substance named Actovegin that until it was banned by the the IOC’s World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was a favorite drug of such sporting luminaries as Usain Bolt (whose coach started using it on him when he was 16), the soccer stars Ronaldo (Cristiano and the Brazilian), Andy Murray, Vladimir Klitschko, Michael Jordan and just about any footy player ever treated by Stephen Dank.
Actovegin: is a filtered extract of calf blood. It is used widely, in Europe, for the treatment of muscle injuries. The major proponent has been Dr Muller-Wolfahrt who treats many of Europe’s top athletes (and the occasional AFL player) at his Munich clinic with a mixture of Actovegin and Traumeel (see below) with apparent good results. His treatments are certainly highly sought after, and many high-profile athletes sing his praises. Actovegin injections into muscle are not banned. The other way Actovegin has been used is by intravenous injection to assist recovery. Intravenous Actovegin is banned by WADA.
Why was I talking to Dr Rock on an international call about this little cow’s blood extract sportsfans? Why am I wasting your time telling you about it?
Well a nasty rumor’s sweeping around the racetracks life a germ-infested Ekka westerly wind at the moment, and what the parrots are chirping is that a reasonably well known group of trainers are paying regular visits to the slaughterhouse and buying up as much calves blood as the meat men are prepared to sell them, and that a hand-shot photo snap of one of the funky bunch of equine conditioners doing exactly that was taken by some untrustworthy Zillmere-style character from the wrong side of the tracks and passed directly to the brigands without even passing go, although we’re not sure whether the 200 was collected in the process by the moral-vacuumed Judas or not.
I don’t know if the rumors are true or not – our industry feeds on gossip, most of it untrue, although my record of accuracy’s pretty fair – but I’m a curious kind of cove and I like to know as much as I can about everything that interests me (birds, booze, betting, big boobs, bad boys, bent bobbies, ball games, big bananas, great blokes and birds, banjo, Bruce the Boss, bodacious boot, poor Ned, politics, pedophiles, crime generally and injustice just about cover the field), plus I needed to check on the mighty mare Carrington Park and see how she’s freshening up in the paddock, and its Christmas and a kingly cheerio call might score me a discount on the Vets bill, so ring a ding ding I went and Kia Ora the good Doctor replied and calve’s blood it was sportsfans, and calve’s blood it is.
Apparently this Actovegin it really kicks a horse’s performance through the roof too, and the reason is that it has the twin benefit of both spiking the glucose (energy) levels in a horse’s blood AND increases the steed’s oxygen capacity and uptake, which means that a horse can run really fast due to the sugar boost (imagine a toddler sculling a bottle of red cordial) and keep running really fast for ages because its sucking oxygen in and out faster than Linda Lovelace used to swallow in a gang bang.
Let me give you an example.
Imagine that Ardoyne Road – the 2-year-old whose performance I and every other racing writer in the land have waxed lyrical about – isn’t quite the super horse that I have declared it to be. Now I don’t for a second believe that this is the case, and maintain that this horse is something special, and that’s why I’m using it as an example of what Actovegin can do for a horse, not because Ardoyne Road’s on the stuff but rather because this rising star is one of the few horses that can do what it did without it.
Just to refresh your memory this was the super horse from Toowoomba’s first and to date only start, and goodness golly me isn’t it a run and a half.
Now like I said this is merely an illustrative example and there is no suggestion whatsoever that Tony Sears superstar is on the Actovegin or calves blood gear – which coincidentally is produced only in Australia, from the blood of our pure little well-fed, disease free but now dead moo cows on the Darling Downs, and exported around the world – and I want to be clear about that because I bloody love this little sheila and know deep down in my waters that he’s 100% clean.
Just imagine for the purpose of showing you what the gear does though that Sexy AR (as I have taken to calling her) is on it, and let me talk you through the Actovegin advantage.
Sexy Ar misses the start and young Nozi yells Banzai! and clicks her up. Well he doesn’t really, I’m just channeling the racists down at the RSL as a satirical device; he more likely screams like Goku out of Dragonball Z, but he clicks her up either way and rides her wide around the top turn and with arms and elbows flailing around everywhere takes her around the entire field and to the lead in the space of only a furlong.
That sharp speed she shows in the imaginary world is the glucose spike from the gear, which to be at its most effective would have had to have been whacked into her about three hours before the race, which if you allowed your fantasies to ramble you’d probably place as about on Ipswich Road on the back of the float.
The great filly gets to the lead and settles back on the bit, but still sustains a high cruising speed that keeps her four lengths in front of the rest of the field.
Now remember this is just a fairy tale (no, not a Bet Fairy one, or even its friend, we’re a not for profit news outlet here) but the high cruising speed is still the glucose kicking in, but the fact that Sexy AR can maintain it without pulling against Nozi is that sucking in the big ones and the gear is ensuring she’s processing it through her big, strong lungs twice as fast as she usually when off the stuff, and as a result she’s like Kip Keno over the 5000, strong cool calm collected but most of all very f*cking fast.
Then they hit the straight and Nozi releases the brakes and digs in the imaginary spurs and the glucose kicks in harder as the exertion level goes up and Sexy R darts even further ahead and keeps going like a freight train to the finish, not in the fastest time ever seen for the class at the track, but in a sustained exhibition of running fast all the way over every inch of six furlongs.
It’s good stuff this calves blood extract, and while it won’t make your horse a superstar like Sexy AR – you’ve gotta be very bloody good to start – it certainly can turn a 6-year-old gelding from a 4th placegetter of 5 in a BM50 at Betoota into a Dalby Class 3 winner in a ridiculously short space of time.
You probably find the whole hypothetical display of my outstanding knowledge of anything I take an interest in and spend a couple of hours researching and yarning to blokes in the know about boring I know sportsfans, and don’t think for a moment I don’t understand.
Just comfort yourself in the knowledge that if for once in a lifetime a rumor comes true and that it’s this one, then you’ll be able to puff out your chest and dazzle your mates with your brilliance by telling them what this calves blood witches brew named Actovegin is actually all about.
You learn something new every day sportsfans.
Sometimes it’s even useful.
Watch this space.
Have you ever wondered what Usain Bolt, Ronaldo, Michael Jordan, Paula Radcliffe, etc. all have in common? Obviously athletic super-stardom and its many physiological underpinnings and financial perks. However, there’s an underlying thread that connects all of them, and it’s likely been a significant facilitator of their super-human sporting prowesses. That underlying connection is the drug Actovegin and its primary peddler, Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt. Below, we will examine this magic and its magician.
Lately, the state of global athletics has had the gears in my mind spinning full bore about athletes, namely runners, at the extreme ends of the performance spectrum and the potential doping-related activities that may be knowingly or unknowingly supporting them. A recent piece in the New York Times discussed the sub-2-hour marathon project, and in it, it chronicled the struggles of world record holder Kenensia Bekele in his attempt to return to racing form. The article mentioned a German doctor, Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, and a distant bell was rung in my brain, as I had heard this name associated with other big athletes (the article even mentions Usain Bolt) and his unconventional treatment methods.
After digging a bit deeper into this guy his main treatment go-to, Actovegin, a lot of pieces across a lot of sports unfortunately connected. Many previous reports have tossed around mention of this drug, and usually just leave it at ‘ambiguous’, ‘questionable’, or ‘gray’, and move on. It actually gained prominent media attention in 2000, when Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Team was caught trying to get loads of the stuff across the French border. Since then, most people in the sporting world have acknowledged its use, but shrugged it off as homeopathic voodoo. However, after reviewing some recent scientific literature on the drug (most notably a crazy study published just a few months ago, which will be discussed below), it’s benefits should absolutely not be ignored. Given that this doctor has penetrated literally all of global athletics (Michael Jordan, Usain Bolt, Ronaldo, innumerable soccer stars, etc. etc.), it appears that the effects of Actovegin might just underlie most major world-record and Olympic performances in running, as well as many many other sports.
What is Actovegin?
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I found this information and I think it’s the most comprehensive available…For those of you who have researched Actovegin, you will find references and answers below on BSE (Mad cow’s disease) comforting!
Actovegin is a Deproteinized Hemoderivative of Calf Blood that is obtained by ultra-filtration. The Deproteinized Hemoderivative of Calf Blood contains only physiological components, anorganic substances socle as electrolytes and essential trace elements and 30% of organic components as amino acids, oligopeptides, nucleosides, intermediary ******** of the carbohydrate and of the fat metabolism, and components of the cellular membranes as glycosphingolipids. One of the physiologic components of Actovegin is inositol phospho-oligosaccharides ( IPOs ). These compounds are thought to possess central and peripheral insulin effects, suggesting that a therapeutic benefit could be obtained in disorders of impaired glucose utilization. The molecular weight of the organic components is below 6000 Dalton.
The active components in Actovegin promote glucose uptake by cerebral and skeletal muscle and other cells and stimulate intrinsic glucose transport by regulating glucose carrier GluT1; Actovegin? activates piruvate-dehydrogenase (PDH) and thereby leads to increased utilization of glucose by cells and formation of energy-rich substances (“insulin-like?effect). (Oberermaier-Kusser et al. 1989 Actovegin also increases uptake and utilization of oxygen by hypoxic tissues and cells (which can be proven by Warburg’s test) via promoting mitochondrial respiratory function and decreases formation of lactate, as a result, it protects hypoxic tissue. (Machicao, 1993; Kununaka et al. 1991)
Acute toxicity: Acute toxicity tests in mice (NMRI mice, male and female mixed) showed that the fifty percent lethal doses (LD50, calculated as dry weight) were as follows:
-intravenous administration: 2.31 g/kg;
-intraperitoneal administration: 2.97 g/kg;
-sucutaneous administration: 5.57 g/kg;
-oral administration: 7.93 g/kg
Subchronic toxicity: Experiments performed in rabbits (Deutsche Riesenschecken rabbits, female) demonstrated that there was no evidence of either macroscopic or microscopic organic pathological changes as compared to normal control animals after infusing 20% Actovegin? intravenously once a day at a dose of 7.0 ml/kg, 7 days a week, for 3 months. Actovegin? has no toxicity on fertility, embryo and fetus; it has no teratogenic, mutagenic, or carcinogenic effects.
Actovegin is a calf-blood derived hemodialysate. Since it is not a single-component drug, conducting a pharmacokinetic study is impossible. However, for its bioavailability, certain pharmacological studies in animals may provide some reference: glucose tolerance studies in rats showed that blood glucose level started to decline as early as at 5 minutes after intravenous administration of Actovegin , and the effect reached its peak at 180 minutes after administration. (Bachmann et al. 1968) improved at 15 minutes after parenteral administration of Actovegin . (Quadbeck et al. 1964)
Disturbances in the cerebral circulation and nutrition (ischemic insultus, cranio-cerebral traumas).
Disturbances of peripheral (arterial, venous) blood flow and sequels resulting from these disturbances (arterial angiopathy, ulcus cruris).
Burns, scalds, erosions.
Wound-healing impairment: torpid wounds, decubitus;
Radiation-induced skin and mucous membrane lesions (prophylaxis and therapy).
Mode of action
Actovegin produces an organ-unrelated increase of the cellular energy metabolism. The activity is confirmed by measurement of the increased uptake and of the elevated utilization of glucose and oxygen. These two effects are coupled and they result in a rise of the ATP-turnover and thus in a greater provision of energy in the cell. In deficiency states with impairment of the normal functions of the energy metabolism (hypoxia, substrate deficiency) and in states of increased energy requirement (reparation, regeneration) Actovegin promotes the energy-dependent processes of the functional metabolism and of the conservation metabolism. An increase of the blood supply is seen as a secondary effect
Effects related to therapeutic indication:
Effects related to glucose transport
-The IPO fraction of Actovegin demonstrated a positive effect on glucose carrier activity( GLUT1) in the plasma membrane
-Actovegin stimulated glucose uptake in cerebral tissues, as well as other isolated animal tissues
Effects related to glucose utillization
-The IPO fraction of Actovegin activated glucose oxidation as well as the PHD complex
-The IPO fraction of Actovegin acts indirectly on the citric acid cycle by causing increased formation of acetyl COA
Effects related to oxygen uptake on energy metabolism
-Actovegin increased the respiratory capacity of mitochondria
-Actovegin improved oxygen uptake in Anesthetized dogs
-Actovegin demonstrated a positive effect on cerebral metabolism of rats under conditions of Hypoxia
Safety of Actovegin
The manufacturer Nycomed Austria GmbH confirms that all measures are in place to guarantee the TSE safety of Actovegin. According to the actual guideline EMEA/410/01 final (issued in February 2001, replacing CPMP/BWP/1230 REV.1) and the Final Opinion of the Scientific Steering Committee on the geographical BSE risk (issued in July 200) the safety of a medicinal product is determined by several important factors:
1. Animals as source of material: the most satisfactory source of materials is from countries which are free of BSE and have appropriate surveillance systems. Materials may be used from countries with a low BSE incidence. The calf blood used as raw material for Actovegin derives from calves born, raised and slaughtered in Australia. Australia is officially categorised as BSE ? and Scrapie free country by the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) and the SSC (Scientific Steering Committee of the European Union). Surveillance systems are in place.
2. Parts of animal bodies and body fluids used as starting materials: tissues and body fluids are categorised in four categories (from category I = high infectivity like brain to category IV= safest category, no detectable infectivity like blood and milk). Actovegin is manufactured from calf blood, blood is in the safest tissue category IV.
3. Age of animals: the sourcing from young animals is seen as very important safety factor. The blood used as raw material for Actovegin production derives from calves below six months of age. The calves were never fed animal carcasses fodder and are declared fit for human consumption, as all proven by veterinary certificates. Moreover the traceability of every Actovegin batch back to the individual calves as blood donors is ensured. The mother cows (dams) of the calves are also known.
4. A production process should be designed which is thought to remove or inactivate TSE agents. Validation studies are currently not generally required. The manufacturing process of Actovegin is BSE validated, thus proven to be capable of removing hypothetically present TSE agents.
5. A risk analysis was performed according to the PhPMA system showing that Actovegin is absolutely BSE safe. Moreover Actovegin is a natural drug with proven efficacy and also a general favourable safety profile over decades. These benefits cannot be substituted by a chemical drug. In conclusion, Actovegin is BSE safe and fullfills even more safety measures than required by actual guidelines.
Filtering cow’s blood, in this case for Mad Cows Disease (above and below)
Titrating cow’s blood (above and below)
Distillation can be either scientifically complex or back yard bloody easy (above and below)
The mighty Destreos has done it again!
At the grand old age of 14 on Sunday night in Hobart the iron horse won his 98th race at his 442nd start, with 136 placings along the way, giving him the unbelievable strike rates of 22.2% the win and 52.5% the place over the longest career in harness racing that I can ever remember in more than 40 years of following the sport.
Here’s the commemorative 98th victory photograph below.
It was an extraordinary performance by the horse who had his first start way back in 2006 in the shadows of the Greenlane Hospital where the love of my life Maggie was born across the road from the Alexandra Park Paceway, and like Forrest Gump has never stopped running since.
In between then and Sunday the iron horse has competed in Group Races and Tuesday afternoon walks at Albion Park, heats of the Interdominion and restricted grade events at the Gold Coast (in fact he’s probably the only horse still racing to ever compete in an Open Class pace at Parklands), muddling Wednesday afternoon affairs to midweeks in Launceston, and in every single one of those 442 starts across 2 countries and 3 states Destreos has tried his bloody heart out, and there is no higher praise for any racing or pacing horse than that.
The great champion Paleface Adios won more races – 108 in total, to be precise – and he did it in just half the number of race starts; but Paleface was an out and out champion on ability.
Destreos is a champion on heart, and the fact that he took more than twice as long to draw within ten wins of one of the greatest pacers in Australian harness racing history is a massive credit to him, not a knock.
This is the people’s horse, the epitome of everything that harness racing stands for and all of the things that the trots are all about.
When we get Queensland pacing clean again and build a first class track with a difference somewhere old but new like the Gold Coast, and bring the razzle dazzle back to the sport and make it fun again, there’s only one name I’ll be putting forward to have the grandstand named after, and ain’t Kevin and Kay Seymour that’s for sure.
Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls;
Welcome to the first night of the rest of Harness Racing’s life!
Welcome to the excitement zone!
Welcome to Dessss-treeeee-oooouuuussss stadium!
We’re ready to ruuuummmmmbbbblllle!
Editors Note: You can watch a replay the great Destreos’ 98th win by clicking here.
Go you good thing! Just two more! Nail that ton son!