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
THE BARRIER DRAW FOR NEPEAN CONVEYORS $400,000 WA PACING CUP CONDUCTED TODAY The all-important barrier draw for the Group One $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup will be conducted this afternoon at Gloucester Park, with the draw set to take place at around 1.15pm WST. Michael Brennan’s star pacer Im Victorious confirmed his status as the heir to Im Themightyquinn’s WA throne, with a brilliant win over rising star Bettors Fire in last week’s $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup. Breeders Crown winner David Hercules will be hoping for more luck after working overtime in his third placing in last week’s Cup, while veteran pacer Washakie will be looking to bounce back after an uncharacteristic performance when he finished down the track in the same race. The Ross Olivieri trained Hez The Bart Man forced his way into the field with a brilliant win in the Fremantle Cup Consolation and Gary Hall Sr. will be looking for his eighth Pacing Cup win as a trainer with Hokonui Ben, Liviningontheinterest and Toretto. The field for the Group One $400,000 Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup is; Bettors Fire Dasher VC David Hercules Hez The Bart Man Hokonui Ben Im Victorious Ima Rocket Star Livingontheinterest Lombo Navigator This Time Dylan Toretto Washakie 1st Emergency – Famous Alchemist 2nd Emergency – Mysta Magical Mach The draw will be posted live via the Gloucester Park twitter account–twitter.com/GloucesterPark By Michael Radley
Australasia’s best pacer, Im Themightyquinn will make a return to racing this Friday night in the Brear & Doonan Members Sprint at Gloucester Park and has drawn barrier one. The speedy Sneakyn Down Under has drawn barrier two, while the rising star of WA harness racing, Im Victorious will be the only horse on the back line. Although possessing blistering gate speed, Im Themightyquinn was crossed by Sneakyn Down under last time he drew the pole, with his driver Gary Hall Jr. opting to take cover, although that was over the 2130 metre trip of the Winter Cup, rather than the short course of 1730 metres of Friday night’s event. Justin Prentice, the driver of Im Victorious, will get to weigh up his options early and follow through whoever looks like taking the front from his second line draw. The main aim of Im Themightyquinn, the three-time Inter Dominion Champion, will be the New Zealand Cup on 8 November at Addington Raceway in Christchurch and will kick off his campaign at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The $4.3 Million earner has had to overcome a setback when he was bitten by what was thought to be a spider and it looked like his immediate racing career was put on hold, however he has made quick recovery to be in line for a start on Friday night. “I wanted to give him a couple of starts before heading to New Zealand” said his trainer Gary Hall Sr. “He has been working sensationally and I have decided to start him a week earlier than first planned and he will back up the following week before heading to New Zealand. “He will start in the Kaikoura Cup and should be peaking for the New Zealand Cup” added the champion mentor. The Sky Racing WA Derby and Lancaster Park Golden Nugget winner, Im Victorious has returned to racing in brilliant fashion and his trainer Michael Brennan is also planning a Group One mission East with a campaign in Victoria, culminating in the Victoria Cup. “He’s in that grade now where we have to take on the best and ‘Quinny’ is the best” said Brennan. “Their clash is great for racing and I’m really looking forward to it” he added. Brennan knows better than most what a champion horse Im Themightyquinn is, working as Hall’s foreman prior to opening his own training complex in 2012. The barrier draw for the Brear & Doonan Members Sprint - 1. Im Themightyquinn 2. Sneakyn Down Under 3. Empire Flame 4. Please Release Me 5. Franco Renegade 6. Adda Paternal Suit 7. Passion Stride 8. Im Victorious The Brear & Doonan Members Sprint is race seven (7) on a ten race card, scheduled to start at 8.15pm (WST), with the first race set to kick off at 5.20pm (WST). There will be plenty of on-course activities, including live music, trackside interviews and an on-course punters club. For more details visit www.gloucesterpark.com.au By Michael Radley
Be at Gloucester Park this Friday for your opportunity to win a chance of a lifetime and own a share in Im Themightyquinn for the night.
Champion Pacer Im Themightyquinn will return to harness racing in Friday night's Channel 9 Winter Cup at Gloucester Park. Also four Group One Sires Stakes Finals worth $100,000 each will on the card.
Shannon Suvaljuko will drive Bunbury-trained Macon Georgia in Friday night's Group 1 $100,000 International Animal Health Pearl Classic Final (2130m) at Gloucester Park after Chris Lewis, who drove the speedy colt in a qualifying heat, reiis booked for favourite Mister Jadore.
Harness racing trainer Gary Hall Snr had a horrific week with his star three-year-old Alta Christiano sustaining a tendon injury, which will see the WA Derby winner out of the rich summer carnival races, such as the Lancaster Park Golden Nugget.
Top line pacer David Hercules broke another record at Gloucester Park last Friday, illustrating the career best form that the David Thompson Trained Pacer is in.
Harness racing trainer Tony Svilicich will have seven of the ten runners in Friday night's feature event, the $21,000 Lancaster Park Stakes at Gloucester Park over 1730 metres.
Star NSW filly Frith produced a brilliant all the way performance to take out an action-packed $150,000 G1 Gannons WA Oaks on Friday night at Gloucester Park.
An epic battle looms this Friday night with the two 'big guns' set to lock horns early after they both drew the frontline in Friday night's $150,000 Gannons WA Oaks at Gloucester Park.
The barrier draw for Friday night's Group One $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby has added more intrigue to Western Australia's premier harness racing three-year-old event at Gloucester Park.
One of the best crop of harness racing three-year-olds in recent years will line up in Friday night's $50,000 Community Newspaper Group 3YO Western Gateway at Gloucester Park.
Champion harness racing pacer, Im Themightyquinn, will commence upon the 'Road to Sydney' and his third successive Inter Dominion crown when he lines up in the Glenferrie Farm Inter Dominion Heat 5 at Gloucester Park on Saturday night.
Champion harness racing pacer, Im Themightyquinn not surprisingly heads the Player fixed Odds market for Friday night's Group One $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park.
Im Themightyquinn has drawn awkwardly on the inside of the back line in his attempt for a record fourth Group One $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup. The Champion pacer won his third successive SEW-Eurodrive WA Pacing Cup last Friday night and will be an odds on favourite to create harness racing history this week at Gloucester Park despite the challenging draw.