HARNESS racing, and indeed the world, is a little worse following the sad passing of a unique character – Doug Webster.
Affectionately-known as Slug, Webster died this morning at the age of 61.
The fact Webster survived beyond childhood is testament to his strength and knack of overcoming obstacles according to his brother, Geoff.
“His tenacity to overcome every challenge put in front of him was truly amazing,” Geoff said. “There were complications at Doug’s birth and the doctors didn’t expect him to live past 20.
“The ramifications are that his body did things a bit slower than the rest of us.”
A popular race track fixture when Geoff had a horse racing, Webster also enjoyed watching runners he owned compete.
Perhaps what Webster loved even more than the horses was the opportunity to catch up with friends around the birdcage.
“His attitude to life and the people around him was so positive it was infectious,” Webster said. “Douglas was very much into the social side of the sport.”
One industry participant Webster particularly enjoyed spending time with was multiple premiership winning horseman, Glenn Douglas.
In fact, Webster once referred to Douglas as the best trainer he has known…with the exception of his brother!
“He was a legend of a bloke,” Douglas said. “Loved his food, loved harness racing and loved his women.
“He will be really missed by a lot of people in a lot of places in just about every state of Australia.”
Our condolences are extended to Webster’s family and friends.