'Quinny's' gone - David Hercules to step up

04:40 AM 20 Jun 2012 NZST
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David Hercules Greg Bond with his co
David Hercules
Greg Bond with his co - training wife, Skye.

The harness racing world was stunned with the news that Im Themightyquinn suffered an atrial fibrillation at Byford trials last Sunday (June 17).

Initially trainer Gary Hall Snr thought the worst and that the career of the dual Inter Dominion champion could be over, however after a complete medical examination, Quinny will hopefully be back on the track to defend his SEW Eurodrive WA Pacing Cup & Yes Loans Fremantle Cup crowns.

"We had him scoped and the test came back clear" revealed the relieved trainer.

"He'll have five weeks off and then we'll bring him back in again. He had a similar setback last campaign, so hopefully there won't be any issues."

Though Hall Snr has warned that if Im Themightyquinn does not fully recover, then he won't risk racing him again.

"If I'm not 100% happy with him, he won't race. He's a champion and doesn't deserve to not race at his best."

DAVID HERCULES BACK IN ACTION

While Im Themightyquinn is on the sideline there are plenty of rivals lining up to take over the mantle of the state's best pacer.

Friday night's Stampalia Contractors Ray Duffy Memorial at Gloucester Park will bring together a field that has already amassed over $3.7 million in prizemoney.

Half a million dollar earner, David Hercules, is included in the stellar line-up and is the latest ‘big name' to return to the race track, taking on Has The Answers and the Pinjarra Cup quinella, Lombo Navigator and Cromac Johnny.

The son of Artesian and Like A Dame hasn't started since a credible fifth in the V75 Inter Dominion Consolation behind Has The Answers and will be partnered for the first time by gun young reinsman Morgan Woodley, who currently leads the WA State drivers premiership by a massive 20 wins.

David Hercules has drawn relatively well and is set to follow through behind barrier two from the second line, although there is a lot of speed from wide on the front line with Sneakyn Down Under drawn barrier five and Has The Answers in barrier six.

Cromac Johnny, who has drawn the despised outside of the front line, is second up from a spell after a brilliant return to racing where he was a gallant second to Lombo Navigator in the Pinjarra Cup. Lombo Navigator looks to have resumed racing in career best form following a break , after he ‘over achieved' with a third placing in the V75 Inter Dominion Grand Final on 2nd March.

GABBY AND XPRESS SET TO CONTINUE SENSATIONAL FORM

WA's best two and three year old fillies will step out again at Gloucester Park this Friday night.

Three year old Sensational Gabby has dominated her own age and sex in a stunning career thus far, winning 16 of her 18 starts, including the Group One Gannon's WA Oaks at her latest outing.

The daughter of Yankee Sensation once again looks a class above her rivals on Friday night in the Bullfrog International 3yo Fillies Pace, despite drawing the outside ally.

Sensational Gabby's next major assignment will be the $100,000 Channel Nine State Sires Series Final on 6th July, before heading East for the rich Breeders Crown series in Victoria during August.

Arma Xpress, the heir apparent to Sensational Gabby, will also have to overcome the outside barrier in the Mercer Money 2YO Pace when she returns to the race track after a short let up.

The powerful daughter of Artiscape and Arma Antoinette is undefeated in her four career starts and has already banked $114,450 after winning the two-year-old fillies Clipsal Sales Classic on 27th April and then beating the boys in the Bazzo Real Estate Champagne Classic a week later.

Her main danger looks to be last start Gloucester Park winner Extreme Dreams, who is drawn on her immediate inside. Extreme Dreams has shown ability winning two of his four career starts.

BONDS' ARE HOT TO TROT

WA's top training combination of Greg and Skye Bond created another first for themselves in this record breaking season, having their first success in the trotting ranks with their first starter, Golden Bomber on Monday 17th June.

Team Bond, who this year became the first official training combination in WA history, are enjoying their best ever year, leading the State Trainers' title by more than 20 wins and running second in the Metropolitan title behind multiple premiership winner Gary Hall Snr.

After beginning safely, driver Colin Brown took control of the race with Golden Bomber and it became a little more than a track workout, dashing home in 59.6 seconds after easy lead sectionals.

"I don't really know a great deal about the trotters," said co-trainer Greg Bond before the winning debut.

"He works with the pacers at home, so there should be a few wins in him. He was fairly cheap, but it looks like we'll have some fun with him."

Golden Bomber will back up on Friday night in the Central Fruit Sales Trotters Discretionary Handicap, although his second assignment won't be as easy as his first up win, with most of his rivals meeting him on much better terms from the discretionary handicaps.

Golden Bomber will be driven by Colin Brown, who has moved to within 5 wins of Hall Of Fame reinsman, Fred Kersley (2372) for the most number of wins in WA. Champion driver Chris Lewis heads the list with an amazing 4326 victories.

Hot Holiday is well handicapped off the front line, winning his last two on end including a last start victory off a 40 metre handicap at Gloucester Park on 11th June.

by Mick RADLEY

David Hercules' last win at tabcorp Park Melton on August 21, 2011:

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