FOLLOWING an extended period in the ‘Nervous Nineties”, pacing marvel Destreos has cracked the ton.
Originally looking to reach the century last January, Destreos was stood down by stewards before returning to racing last month.
Enjoying no luck during his first four runs back from a break, the Ken Rattray-trained gelding finally made his way into the winners’ circle in Devonport tonight.
Driven by Mark Yole, the 14-year-old accounted for Stagger Lee and Remember Joe in 1:57.7 over 1930 metres.
As such, Destreos has become the third Australasian standardbred ‘centurion’.
Only the immortal Paleface Adios and former Queensland warhorse Cane Smoke have reached triple figures in Australia.
Paleface Adios was the first, notching the ton at Cranbourne on February 25, 1980 – exactly eight years to the day after he first graced a racetrack.
Paleface Adios eventually registered 108 wins before being retired.
Cane Smoke, which raced until he was 15, won 120 races in a 400-start career.
Beginning his career with a second in Auckland on January 27, 2006, Destreos also boasts the southern hemisphere record for the most starts.
With 450 outings to his credit, Destreos’ tally includes 71 seconds, 63 third and more than $800,000 in earnings.