Back in the sixties, British pop group Manfred Mann had a huge hit titled 'Quinn The Eskimo' alias The Mighty Quinn. For harness racing visitors to the Western Australia Inter Dominion, to borrow a lyric from the song 'You've not seen nothing like the Mighty Quinn' is an understatement as this son of Washington VC and Love Sign continues to treat his rivals with contempt.
The champion pacer was simply awesome in winning the final heat in a rate of 1-57.5.
Restrained from gate seven to settle at the tail of the field with Can Return Fire leading from the pole and second favourite Raglan caught three wide before settling outside the leader and taking over with two laps to travel, Im Themightyquinn was set alight by Gary Hall (Jnr) approaching the bell, striding clear in the final circuit to record an effortless 18.5 metre victory over Raglan who stuck to his guns, with Bus To Harland (three back the markers) third ahead of both Hesa Buzzin and Can Return Fire.
With quarters of 32.2 and 29.8 for the first half of the last mile and a mind boggling 55.7 last half (quarter 28.2), Im Themightyquinn left his rivals standing over the concluding stages and is almost certain to start favourite regardless of where he draws in the Grand Final.
By Len BAKER in Perth
Im The Mightyquinn winning his third consecutive heat in Perth tonight (Friday February 24, 2012):
Manfred Mann had a huge1960s hit titled “Quinn The Eskimo” alias The Mighty Quinn. Here it is: