Everything is in readiness.
That’s the simple message from star Perth trainer Gary Hall in regard to his champion pacer Im Themightyquinn who lines up in Saturday night’s Gr.1 $100,000 TattsBet Blacks A Fake at Albion Park.
The brilliant pacer has made the Queensland winter carnival which started with his stunning track record breaking performance in the Sunshine Sprint back on July 5 and he’s looking to close the carnival with another sizzling display this weekend.
Many fans, new and old, have returned to Albion Park this month to witness the amazing pacer go about his business and it’s obvious he’s left his legion of fans still craving more.
After drawing wide off the front-line in his two starts to date, Im Themightyquinn must overcome a second-line draw to win the race named in honour of the greatest pacer of all time.
But the gap is shortening between Blacks A Fake and Im Themightyquinn.
The retired Queensland superstar currently holds the record for most Inter Dominions (4) won plus his earning capacity is still far bigger than any other harness horse.
Ever so slightly, Im Themightyquinn has chipped away at both records with the speed machine collecting three Inter Dominion titles while he is only $67, 982 short of the prizemoney record.
“Records are meant to be broken, isn’t that the old saying?” Hall quipped.
In a fantastic boost for harness racing fans, the two greatest pacers of the modern era will both be at Albion Park this Saturday night.
And while Hall is excited about his race, he’s just as excited about seeing Blackie.
“I love Blacks A Fake; he was an absolute superstar on and off the track and I’m looking forward to seeing him again on Saturday night. Horses like Quinny, Blackie and Smoken Up are all just absolute heroes that deserve all the recognition they get, we need more of them.
“It should be a great night on Saturday, Quinny is ready to go and everything has gone to plan during his Queensland campaign. He’s trained on really well since last weekend and we’re expecting another big effort this week.
“Quinny thrives on racing and he certainly has enjoyed himself here in Brisbane, the warm sunshine has done wonders for him and it’s great to see so many fans of the horse here in this state.”
Initially disappointed by the barrier draw, Hall believes his superior staying qualities will carry him a long way in the 2680m contest.
“Just look at his record in races at 2600m and beyond, it’s outstanding and he just thrives on these big stages. He has the brilliant high cruising speed but then he can rattle off the sprint at the end of it which makes him so lethal.
“Obviously the Shane Tritton runners loom as the dangers from their front-line draws and they will prove hard to catch, Suave Stuey Lombo proved last week he can beat us given the right run so it won’t be easy but I can’t fault my horse.”
Im Themightyquinn is currently quoted at $1.65 with TattsBet to win on Saturday night.
The champion pacer is due to fly out of Brisbane on Monday bound for Perth.
By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)