Champion pacer Im Themightyquinn landed safely at Brisbane airport in the early hours in preparation for the Queensland Winter Carnival which officially starts next week.
The $4.46 million earner will start in next week’s Gr.2 $60,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint before heading to the Gr.1 $100,000 TattsBet Blacks A Fake on July 19 and then possibly the Gr.3 $40,000 Redcliffe Cup on August 2.
Trainer Gary Hall was on board the flight that left Perth last night that came via Melbourne before touching down in Brisbane at around 3am.
“It was a long flight but we’re here and ready to go. We’re both seasoned travelers and everything went to plan and we both managed to rest up on the initial leg from Perth to Melbourne.” Hall said.
The dynamic duo is based at Logan Reserve on Brisbane’s southside, the property of Shannon Price and Scott Miller during their sunshine state campaign.
It is expected that Im Themightyquinn will trial publically early next week at Albion Park with Queensland young gun Pete McMullen tipped to take the prized drive.
“As long as he settles in well which I expect, I will take him to Albion Park for a trial which will keep him ticking over just nicely for the race next week. I’ve spoken to Pete and he will drive Quinny for me in the trial.
“I’m a big fan of Pete and the way he drives so I was more than happy for him to handle Quinny; it will be great for the young kid.
“I can’t be happier with the way he’s going and his last piece of fast work on Wednesday morning at home was phenomenal. He’s the horse to beat in next week’s feature.”
Another highlight during his Queensland campaign is the possibility of breaking the prizemoney record which is currently held by champion Queensland pacer Blacks A Fake.
Blacks A Fake retired with career earnings of $4, 575, 438 while Im Themightyquinn has banked $ 4, 468, 736.
Blacks A Fake will be the special guest of the Albion Park Harness Racing Club on July 19 paving the way for a fantastic opportunity to witness the two greatest pacers of the modern era at the same time.
By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)