Adios Australian harness racing champion
Adios (1969 - 1989) was an Australian harness racing horse who competed
as a pacer throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.
raced from 1972 to 1981, (from a 2YO until he was retired as an 11YO)
at a time when there was top competition from the likes of the "Bathurst
Bulldog" (Hondo Grattan, "Robbers" (Robalan) and "Steelo"
was foaled on 1 November 1969, at Temora, NSW and was by Deep Adios
out of Rayjen.
He was trained
and driven throughout his career by Colin Pike, and was owned by Colin's
wife, Shirley Pike.
He was a standard
bred racehorse of a chestnut colour with a white blaze and feet, and
a golden mane.
He was nicknamed
The Temora Tornado, in honour of the town where he was bred and trained.
He raced with a 'daisy cutting' action which gave the impression that
his feet were not touching the ground with each stride that he took.
won 108 races over his career of 240 starts and more than $500,000
in prizemoney. He however made an inauspicious debut at Sydney's Harold
Park as a 2 year old when he fell, as a short priced favourite.
He started in
an incredible seven consecutive Miracle Mile's at Harold Park (one
of Australia's Grand Circuit races which is invitation only) winning
once in 1976. He never won Australasia's biggest race, the Inter-Dominion
but did win eight heats of the event.
At one time he
held the world record for 1000m following a time trial at Hawkesbury,
New South Wales.
During the 1970s,
Paleface Adios became a household name in Australia, especially in
Melbourne. Harness racing was featured weekly on Saturday night TV
as part of the popular live variety show The Penthouse Club. His clashes
with Hondo Grattan (the Bathurst Bulldog) were legendary.
In early 1990s
Paleface Adios was included in a satirical song honouring Australian
sporting legends presented by Graham and The Colonel on ABC TV's The
died at Temora, NSW, on 11 December 1989. It is believed that this
was a result of a snake bite but this was never confirmed.
He is commemorated
by a life-sized monument in Hoskins Street, the main street of Temora
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