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Adaptor - Winner of the 1969 Bendigo Pacing Cup
Adaptor had a remarkable year in 1969
In the summer of 1969, the 5yo Adaptor won the Apollo Mile at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, The Bendigo Pacing Cup at Lord’s Raceway Bendigo, and the Miracle Mile at Harold Park in Sydney. In the process, he defeated the best pacers in Australia and New Zealand.
Five days after the Sydney victory, he was on a plane to the USA, having been bought by patrons of the leading New York and New Jersey trainer Stanley Dancer. Dancer paid $120,000 plus a $75,000 contingency. Converted to 2013 currency, the sale price equates to approximately $780,000 with a $487,000 contingency. Adaptor became the highest-priced Australian Standardbred ever sold.
During his career Adaptor handicapped himself with poor standing start performances, but the Miracle Mile was started from a mobile barrier enabling him to lead all the way, and win easily in 1.59.2, as a 2/1 on favourite.
His effort in the Apollo Mile at the Showgrounds was equally as impressive as he scorched around the small 3 furlong track in a world record 2.00.4.
His 1969 Bendigo Pacing Cup win was remarkable. He was last, after being slowly away from the standing start off his handicap of 24 yds. behind, and was checked at the bell with a lap to go. He was pulled four wide along the back straight on the old Lords Raceway track (the back straight was where the current front straight is). Adaptor and driver Jack Hargreaves made their run around the home turn, circling the field of top class horses to record an exciting victory.
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