Day At The Track

Quinny's career comes to an end

04:41 PM 08 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Im Themightyquinn in full flight
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Gary Hall and Gary junior celebrate one of Im Themightyquinn's victories

As he looks at the champion resting in a paddock, harness racing trainer Gary Hall admits to harbouring mixed feelings about Im Themightyquinn’s career coming to an end.

With the veteran found to have re-fractured his off-hind cannon bone, Hall made the tough call to retire Im Themightyquinn yesterday.

Suffering “quite a bit of discomfort” in his leg, Im Themightyquinn was initially thought to be feeling the effects of arthritis near the original fracture he incurred last year.

Treated for the ailment, Im Themightyquinn seemed to move freely when performing light duties, but became distressed once pressure was put on his leg.

Ordering more scans on the 10-year-old’s troubled spot, Hall was relieved and disappointed with the news of another fracture.

“We had him x-rayed when he first showed he was sore, but no fracture was found, which is not uncommon,” Hall explained. “So it was diagnosed as arthritis.

“He’s not sore when he’s just trotting up, but when he’s under pressure he’s feeling it.

“I had him rescanned and now you can see the fracture in the same spot as before…so much for lightning never strikes twice!

“He must have done it during his last race in Queensland, which just shows what a champion he was to still win.

“It is disappointing for his career to be over given the form he was in, but at least we know the problem and he’s gone out on a high night as a last-start Group One winner.”

Naturally rating the son of Washington Vc as the greatest he has trained, Hall cited one of Im Themightyquinn’s defeats as the moment he realised the gelding was a superstar.

Already a sensation in Western Australia, Im Themightyquinn was taken to Moonee Valley to prove himself against Australasia’s best in the time-honoured A G Hunter Cup.

With Hall’s reinsman-son, Gary junior, in the cart, Im Themightyquinn was an unlucky third behind Bondy and Karloo Mick.

“He was bought as a nice horse, which I expected to develop into a top open class horse which could win some descent races,” Hall explained. “But I never imagined he would turn out to be as good as he did.

“He was a good thing beaten in that Hunter Cup and that’s when he proved himself as a Grand Circuit horse.

“From then on I knew how good he was.”

Im Themightyquinn quickly set about showing the rest of the world how good he was as he registered Group One victories seemingly at will.

Along with becoming just the third pacer top capture three Inter Dominions, Im Themightyquinn annexed an additional 11 top-shelf features including three Western Australia Cups, three Fremantle Cup, two Auckland Cups, the Cranbourne Cup, McInerney Ford Classic and The Blacks A Fake.

Blacks A Fake holds the record as the Inter Dominion’s most successful campaigner with four triumphs, with Our Sir Vancelot the first to complete a hat-trick.

Im Themightyquinn’s record sits on 58 wins and 34 placings from 111 starts for a bankroll of $4,567,456, making him the Southern Hemisphere’s second richest standardbred behind Blacks A Fake.

Thanks to his 72 wins and 14 placings from 105 starts, Blacks A Fake earned $4,575,438.

Rounding out the top 10 earners are Smoken Up ($3,607,985), Monkey King ($3,332,513), Changeover ($2,321,677), Lyell Creek ($2,256,724), Shakamaker ($2,229,634), Our Sir Vancelot ($2,197,990), Terror To Love ($2,161,355) and Village Kid ($2,117,870).

“His Perth Inter Dominion is the greatest moment I’ve had with him,” Hall said. “He won the previous year under dubious circumstances, but in Perth he was just too good.

“It was also one of the strongest Inters of modern times with Quinny, Smoken Up and Auckland Reactor all going through the heats unbeaten.

“He just blitzed them in the Final in front of his home crowd…it was his crowning glory.

“Missing the Sydney Inter earlier this year when he was going for four wins is the biggest disappointment.

“Again, he missed a record held by Blacks A Fake…even in retirement that horse doesn’t like being beaten!”

Im Themightyquinn will spent his retirement relaxing at Hazelmere stable.

“He’ll stay here and now and just enjoy the rest of his life,” Hall declared. “He’s done enough and has earned a long, happy retirement.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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