Day At The Track

Hercules returns to Gloucester Park

12:37 PM 14 May 2015 NZST
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David Hercules

In Greek mythology Hercules is famous for his strength and for his numerous far-ranging adventures, and harness racing’s version has certainly proven himself worthy of the name during his seven years on the racetrack.

The fact that David Hercules has always been ‘a good horse’ is not up for debate, for he was a dual Group winner in his debut season as a two-year-old.

But recognition of him being a bit more than ‘a good horse’ had been slow to take hold in his home state. Arguably it was because, much like his namesake, his greatest achievements had occurred whilst away on one of those ‘numerous far-ranging adventures’.

Despite being a multiple Group One winner in Victoria, he remained a ‘Group one maiden’ in Western Australia having lived in the shadow of Im Themightyquinn since graduating to fast class.

He had long been thought of as the heir apparent to the King of Gloucester Park’s throne, but it wasn’t until January of this year that he was finally able to add a well-deserved hometown Group One to his list of accomplishments, when brilliantly taking out the $250,000 Fremantle Cup.

Arguably, David Hercules turned in an even greater performance just seven days later when he went down bravely in the $400,000 WA Pacing Cup to My Hard Copy.

Previously regarded by some as ‘more of a speed horse ‘, his trainer David Thompson is quick to dismiss those suggestions ahead of David Hercules return from a spell tomorrow night.

“While he has definitely gotten stronger with age, I have never thought of him as a one trick pony,” Thompson saod.

“I couldn’t be happier with him, he has just had the one trial and I was very happy with that. “

With an eye to November’s Inter Dominion series at Gloucester Park, Thompson is looking to keep the son of Artesian ‘on the go’ during the winter months.

“We’ll look at the Pinjarra Cup despite his assessment, as well as races like the August Cup,” Thompson said. “He’s a bit older now so I’d like to keep him ticking over and we’ll just pick races off as need be”

Pacific Warrior has been dominating the open class ranks in David Hercules’ absence, and with a fitness edge, he remains the one to beat.

  • RWWA Media

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