Day At The Track

Destreos seeks further NSW success

02:36 PM 06 May 2014 NZST
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War horse, Destreos
War horse, Destreos - will seek further success in NSW.

Amazing Queensland pacer Destreos is looking to add to his tally of victories.

But it’s not at his favourite track.

The New Zealand bred warhorse has won more races at Albion Park than any other horse with 55 victories, but he’s looking for more at TABCORP Park, Menangle this Saturday night.

The ten-year-old will venture south on Wednesday with his stablemates Funny Boy and Hot Shot Lavros for a month long campaign in Sydney.

Trainer Ken Rattray believes the timing is right to give him another shot at the Sydney racing scene where he boasts a single victory from six starts to date.

Destreos will contest the Plough & Harrow Pace over the flying mile this Saturday night where he will start from gate two.

“I’ve been thinking about another shot in Sydney with him since we ventured south last time but I wanted to make sure that everything was in readiness and now we’re going to give it another go.” Rattray said.

Destreos finished an unlucky fourth last Saturday night at Albion Park behind Devil Dodger in a time of 1;53.8 when having little racing room over the concluding stages.

“I was really pleased with his effort last weekend and he goes south in good form, we’ve been plagued by some bad draws of late so it’s nice to see a good gate this weekend so another forward showing can be expected.

“With the upcoming winter carnival looming, I thought the timing was right to head south and try and win a few races while the better ones are either spelling or heading up our way. The introduction of conditioned racing in Sydney also made very good appeal for all three of my horses.

“All of my horses are going well enough and I’m just hoping to get some luck down there. Destreos always races well while Funny Boy is starting to regain some confidence and Hot Shot Lavros has been a hard horse to sort out but we’re getting some good results with him recently so I’m happy to have him on board.”

Rattray will be based on track at Menangle with local trainer Bill Galway.

Regular pilot and natural lightweight Kelli Dawson will also make the trip south.

By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)

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