Success is his Destiny
By GREG WHITE
SINCE its 1933 foundation, Brisbane's historic Doomben racecourse has been graced by most of the greats of Australian racing.
But a grey horse from Coffs Harbour achieved something on Saturday no other galloper has managed in 73 years when he smashed the 1350m course record in the listed Doomben Stakes while also managing to better the race record set last year by superhorse Takeover Target.
The doubters of the class act Natural Destiny has become have finally been silenced forever and trainer Gordon Yorke now sees a world of opportunity opening up to the son of Naturalism.
"Just watch, you'll see a whole new horse as he matures over the next 12 months," an excited Yorke said.
"The little bloke is still a baby and watch what he does when he gets over more ground.
"This horse is a middle distance stayer who can sprint and that's what makes him different and very, very special."
Forced to shoulder 56kg on his slight frame, Natural Destiny was pulled off the fence by Shane Treweek nearing the corner and the grey exploded with acceleration.
"He was travelling even better on the turn than he did when we were here a fortnight ago," the jockey said.
"Gee, he's something else."
Local business leader Tony Simmons watched the win and said he believed the horse exceptional from the first time he'd seen him race.
Ironically, that was the Jerry and Susan Zuvela 800m Maiden at Coffs on August 8 last year, with Simmons and Zuvela sharing bookmaking duties on the day.
"He had to overcome many difficulties in the race and still gave the others a hiding," Simmons said.
"An exceptional horse without a doubt and he just gets better."
The 'great grey streak' has one more engagement before spelling.
Depending on the burden of weight received, the 1615m Berborough Handicap (LR) is pencilled in on January 6, final leg of the summer 'triple crown.'
Victory will give Natural Destiny another place in history.