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Harness "Horse of the Year" nominees

05:53 AM 29 Aug 2014 NZST
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Im Victorious
Im Victorious is one of four finalists who will battle it out for Horse of the Year honours
The nominees for the 2013-14 Harness Horse of the Year have been released with the 
winners to be announced at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club on Sunday, October 19.
Im Themightyquinn, Im Victorious, David Hercules and Hokonui Ben are the four finalists
who will battle it out for Horse of the Year honours.
Im Themightyquinn made a triumphant return to racing after injury threatened to end his 
career when he won seven races including the Group 1 Blacks A Fake in Queensland.
“I’m excited about him being nominated especially after he was injured earlier in the 
season,” said trainer, Gary Hall Snr.
“It is a great effort to come back and compete in the form and manner that he is.”
The Michael Brennan-trained Im Victorious claimed seven wins from his 12 starts with the 
highlight the Group 1 Fremantle Pacing Cup.
Tragedy struck the gelding when he suffered a career-ending tendon injury after being 
severely checked in the Group 1 Inter Dominion Final.
“It is a huge honour to be nominated considering the horses that have won this prestigious 
award in the past,” said Brennan.
“It would be a privilege and an honour to win an award like this given the happenings of the 
past 12 months.”
David Hercules raced on 16 occasions for seven wins and six placings and $181,150 in stake 
earnings. He claimed the Group 3 Winter Cup and Group 3 Howard Porter Memorial.
Hokonui Ben earned Group 1 honours in the WA Pacing Cup and also enjoyed victories in the 
Group 2 Village Kid and Group 2 RWWA Cup.
2YO FILLY                                       2YO COLT & GELDING
La Mia Juliette                                     All Aussie Boy
Tricky Styx                                             Isaiah Artois
Straittothehilton                                   Persistent Threat
Major Reality
3YO FILLY                                      3YO COLT & GELDING
Im Bella Jay                                          Mister Jadore
Libertybelle Midfrew                            Elegant Christian
Majorly Foxy Styx                                  Three Blind Mice
HORSE OF THE YEAR                          AGED MARE 
Hokonui Ben                                          Leda McNally
Im Victorious                                          Famous Alchemist
Im Themightyquinn                               Sensational Gabby
David Hercules
Barry Hamilton
Manager Harness Racing
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