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Paleface Adios Australian harness racing champion

Paleface Adios (1969 - 1989) was an Australian harness racing horse who competed as a pacer throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.

He 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" (Pure Steel).

Paleface Adios 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.

Paleface Adios 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 Late Show.

Paleface Adios 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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