Kersley returns to the sulky to partner 'Quinny'

01:02 PM 10 Apr 2014 NZST
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Fred Kersley - will return to the sulky to parnter champion pacer, Im Themightyquinn
Im Themightyquinn - pictured winning his third Interdominion Final

Hall of Fame reinsman Frederick Ross (FR) Kersley will return to Gloucester Park on Friday night as a driver, when he partners another superstar of the sport, Im Themightyquinn.

Kersley, who dominated Perth harness racing winning 14 trainers premiership and 17 drivers premierships, will return to the sulky and drive champion pacer Im Themightyquinn in  special ‘workout’ between races five and six on Friday night.

Kersley has not driven competitively for almost a decade, but will come out of retirement for this special occasion to partner one of the greatest pacers of all time, Im Themightyquinn as the three-time Inter Dominion winner prepares for his race track return in the coming weeks.

Two Champions of two different era’s will combine for a special harness racing moment. The special promotion was proposed by ‘Quinny’s’ trainer Gary Hall Sr.

“I grew up idolising Fred (Kerlsey)” said Hall

“He dominated and gave all the trainers and drivers of my era something to aspire to, and to have the great FRK drive a champion I train is simply amazing”

Kersley travelled to Hall’s Serpentine stable during the week to get a feel of the champ and have a practice run before his return to Gloucester Park.

“He feels like a Rolls Royce” enthused Kersley

“He’s an amazing animal, it’s a big thrill for me” he added

Im Themightyquinn

Total money won - $4,377,016

102 starts

52 wns

19 seconds

13 3rds

Best time 1:53.5

Fred Kersley

2377 career wins as driver (1735 in Perth)

2282 career wins as trainer (1570 in Perth)

(last winner & last drive - Precious Dylan for trainer Grant Williams at Pinjarra on 7th August 2006)

17 Perth Drivers Premierships

14 Perth Trainers Premierships

First Australian to drive 100+ Metro Winners in a season - 113 in 1984/85

Five times 100 winners in a season as a driver

1993 Australian Harness Racing Council Distinguished National Service Award

2007 Inaugural Inductee into The West Australian Racing Industry Hall Of Fame

Group One wins

1st 1961 WA Pacing Cup with Beau Travis (driver) beating Peppercorn & Moonspeed

1st 1967 Fremantle Cup with Coneeda (driver) beating Paula Nelson & Reggie John

1st 1972 WA Pacing Cup with James Eden (trainer) beating Yankee Rhythm & Dark Adair

1st 1973 WA Pacing Cup with Local Product (driver & trainer) beating Mitchell Victory & Wee Cent

1st 1974 South Australian Pacing Cup with James Eden (driver)

1st 1975 WA Derby with Pure Steel (driver & trainer) beating Yerilla Court & Hodgens Son

1st 1976 WA Derby with Nixon Adios (driver & trainer) beating Lord Thurber & Mister Karamea

1st 1979 WA Oaks with Wannerie (driver & trainer) beating Lady Delmer & Pleasant Waratah

1st 1980 WA Oaks with Capricciosa (driver & trainer) beating Paris Trick & Phrynie

1st 1985 WA Oaks with Countess Gina (driver & trainer) beating Penny Opera & Bremer Bay

1st 1986 Golden Slipper Stakes with Paavo (driver & trainer) beating Big Bucks & Judge Thomas

1st 1987 ACFOS Cup with Raceaway Too (driver & trainer) beating Trunkey Westerner & Morgan James

1st 1992 Golden Slipper Stakes with Chandon (driver) beating Flashing Star & Shaw To Win

1st 1993 WA Derby with Chandon (driver) beating Parky Kid & Classic Earl

1st 1993 Fremantle Cup with Justaboyden (driver) beating Tricky Bey & Keyera

1st 1995 WA Pacing Cup with Justaboyden (driver) beating Southern Knight & Hot Mix

1st 1996 Golden Slipper Stakes with Salinger (driver & trainer) beating Hail The Judge & Kinda Red

1st 1997 WA Derby with Salinger (driver & trainer) beating Heros Knight & Upstanding Poplar

1st 1997 Golden Nugget with Salinger (driver & trainer) beating The Accelerator & Record High

1st 2002 Golden Slipper Stakes with Cams Legend (driver) beating Magic Albert & Fletcher Christian

1st 2004 WA Derby with Global Force (driver) beating Ulrich & Am I Tough

Michael Radley

Chief Executive

Gloucester Park Harness Racing

 

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