ANYONE who has pieced together a Lego ‘Death Star’ knows it’s not child’s play.
Those tiny little frustrating pieces must surely be designed by someone from the dark side of the force!
And of course, the instructions require patience and patience and patience and….
There is one whiz kid, however, who not only has the patience, but the vision to combine his passion for Lego with harness racing.
In fact, Kobe Crowhurst has produced two videos, one of which has become a sensation on both sides of the equator.
Having originally built a re-enactment of his favourite horse – Stars Of Courage – winning at Globe Derby, the 10-year-old was commissioned by leading breeding establishment Alabar Farms to promote their new stallion, Always Be Miki.
“He has always loved the trots and thought he’d do one of his favourite horse Stars Of Courage, which is trained by his grandfather David Kemp,” proud Aunty Kaz Kemp explained.
“One day he got a call from Brett at Alabar asking if he would do one of Always Be Miki, which he was rapt to do.
“He got onto his I-pad researched the horse and off he went. Two weeks later after building and filming it with a video app, he had it finished.”
Kobe’s work of art highlights Always Be Miki’s world record performance at The Red Mile last October.
The Jimmy Takter-trained five-year-old, with David Miller in the sulky, stopped the timer in 1:46, eclipsing the all-age race record of 1:46 4/5 held by multiple horses and the 1:46 1/5 time trial mark held for decades by Cambest.
Once published by Alabar, the video – which can be seen by clicking here – was popular with Australian and American enthusiasts.
“Kobe is so excited by how many people have viewed, liked and shared the video,” Kemp said. “People in America where the horse raced have really loved it.”
After receiving some gratuity from Alabar, Kobe then did something even more remarkable than his Lego production.
Allowing himself the luxury of purchasing more Lego, Kobe donated a portion of his pay to the Adelaide Ronald McDonald House.
“His youngster cousin Phoebe, who as a seven-year-old thinks she is the actual boss of the stable, had a brain tumor, and knowing how valuable the Ronald McDonald House is, Kobe donated half the money to them,” Kemp said.
- PAUL COURTS