By Jordan Gerrans
If Many Delights can get around the track happy and healthy then Dexter McLean is smiling.
It did not fuss the veteran industry participant that the gelding had not won since the beginning of 2017, well before he joined the stable of the 74-year-old from Jimboomba.
The close mates – McLean and Many Delights – combined together on a wet Thursday afternoon at The Triangle to break their lengthy dry spells from the winning stall.
For McLean, who is often the clerk of the course at many tracks around Queensland, he had not been in the sulky on a winner since early 1995.
While, the nine-year-old Bettors Delight gelding last got the money at Tamworth on January 22, 2017.
While McLean is certainly not one to spruik his own achievements, he was a proud man on Thursday afternoon that he could add to his seven previous career victories as a driver that were recorded almost three decades ago.
“It is great, he has been going pretty good of late,” McLean said of Many Delights, who he owns, trains and drives.
“Everyone was happy and congratulating me on my first win for some time at the track.
“I am just a battler.”
While McLean has trained and driven over the years, his main role with the harness racing game is the clerk of the course, a job he started way back in 1987.
He will be on track as a clerk of the course two or three days a week, he explained, and will be there to guide the pacers around on Friday at Albion Park in his red coat.
The Jimboomba-based McLean is a popular man around the harness racing scene, a fact the voice of Queensland harness racing Chris Barsby quickly noted not long after Many Delights went past the winning post in the third event from Redcliffe on Thursday afternoon.