Fri, Dec 20, 4:31pm by Dominic Ciconte
Periduki’s owners announced yesterday that their eight-year-old underdog champ, who had won over $674,000 in prize money since being purchased for just $6,000, has hung up saddle.
Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing Matt Conlan said the announcement was sad news for Territory racing fans that had followed Periduki’s fairy tale rise to fame.
“Periduki’s rags to riches story is one that all Territorians, and particularly Central Australians, can be extremely proud of,” Mr Conlan said.
Conlan said that the earnings and success the sprinting champion had earned would ensure it is remembered forever in the state.
“This is an incredible achievement for any race horse, let alone one from such humble beginnings in the Red Centre.
“The eight year old has been a wonderful ambassador for Central Australian racing and the Territory racing industry, notching up an impressive 24 victories from his 84 starts.
“Periduki will forever be remembered as a true local success story and I’m sure all Territory racing fans will agree it has been a privilege to watch him race.”
Periduki retires with 24 wins and 15 placings from 84 starts.
His career started in Alice Springs on Tuesday 7 November 2006 when local jockey, Garry Lefoe steered him to victory for his trainer and wife Lisa.
Periduki retires on a high, having won Alice Springs’s premier sprint this year, the Pioneer Sprint, in sensational fashion.
The veteran, carrying a hefty 61.5kg, was second last before he launched a fierce run down the outside of the home straight to beat Outstandingly by a neck and claim the biggest victory of his career.
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