A sad ending came at Perth's Gloucester Park Paceway on Friday March 2, when the last ever traditional Inter Dominion Carnival concluded. First held in Perth way back in 1936, the Inter Dominion was held throughout Australia and New Zealand on a rotation basis, with every state and both islands across the Tasman competing in an exciting test of speed and harness racing stamina.
As of next year when the Inter is being conducted in N-S-W at Menangle for a period of three consecutive years, completely different conditions will apply much to the dismay of many harness followers.
FIRST THREE FINISH TO WESTERN AUSTRALIA AS IM THEMIGHTYQUINN TAKES INTER DOMINION GRAND FINAL:
Superstar 7-Y-0/Love Sign gelding Im Themightyquinn demoralised his rivals in the 2012 V75 Inter Dominion Grand Final over 2506 metres on Friday March 2.
Restrained to the rear of the field from gate seven as anticipated with the pole markerleading from Mysta Magical Mac (gate five) and Smoken Up (gate six) three wide running into the first turn, the huge crowd in attendance gasped when Smoken Up driven hard by John Justice went off stride putting an end to his chances, allowing and John McCarthy to control the race.
On settling it wasfrom Mista Magical Mac, Lombo Navigator trailing the pacemaker, Crombie one/one, Raglan three back the markers being followed by Can Return Fire, while from outside the front row possied nicely to be three back in the moving line and Im Themightyquinn last with the exception of Smoken Up.
The field remained in the same formation until Anthony Butt sentforward mid race to park in the open, putting those in the moving lane all back a spot.
John Justice had the audacity to send Smoken Up forward in a short lived move at the bell, with Im Themightyquinn still last having to produce a gigantic effort to score as the leader appeared to be doing it easily.
Challenged strongly byon the final bend, was a spent force on turning with Mysta Magical Mac easing three wide, Crombie four wide and Im Themightyquinn joining in off the track five wide.
Showing his almost unbelievable turn of speed on straightening, Im Themightyquinn joined Mysta Magical Mac, with the pair drawing clear to fight out the finish.
On hitting the wire, Im Themightyquinn scored by a margin of 1.4 metres in advance of Mysta Magical Mac which ran the race of his life, with Lombo Navigator 2.5 metres away in third place ahead of Raglan and Can Return Fire.
With quarters of 30.6, 29.7, 28.2 and 28.3 for the final mile, Im Themightyquinn returned a mile rate of 1-57.6 for the journey.
For trainer Gary Hall (Snr) and reinsman son Gary (Jnr) in was a moment to savoir after losing the last home town Inter (2004) to Jofess in a nail biting nose decision.
The many Victorian's on course were cheering loudly earlier in the night for Charlton's Ellen Tormey who was successful in taking out the Australasian Young Drivers Championship held during the carnival at various tracks in the state consisting of a seven race challenge.
by Len BAKER in Perth
Im Themightyquinn winning his second straight Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final in Perth tonight (Friday May 2, 2012):