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Im Themightyquinn - "Horse of the Year" again

05:41 AM 22 Oct 2013 NZDT
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Im Themightyquinn
Im Themightyquinn "Horse of the Year" again

At a function at Sandaford Winery in the heart of the Swan Valley yesterday, Im Themightyquinn was announced as Western Australia's Harness Horse of the Year for 2012/13.

It was the gelding's fourth successive win in the award and capped yet another remarkable season where the son of Washington VC put together 12 wins and three seconds from 17 starts for season's stakes of $982,490.

His wins included a third successive Inter Dominion final, the WA Pacing Cup and Auckland Cup and topped off his national awards as Australian Harness Horse of the Year and Australian Grand Circuit Champion.

Also presented yesterday were the Age Category Awards for two and three-year-olds.

Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year was won by the Westbred daughter of Kenneth J - Im Bella Jay which won the Group One Westbred Classic before finishing third in the Group Three Gold Bracelet Stakes and finished with a season's record of seven starts for three wins and two seconds and stakes of $82,544.

The category for Two-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year was taken out by another Westbred in the Grinfromeartoear gelding Mister Jadore which won the Group One Sales Classic and Group Two Champagne Classic, finished second in the Group One Pearl Classic and third in the Group One Golden Slipper Stakes with a season's record of 14 starts for six wins, four seconds and two thirds for stakes of $158,054.

The New Zealand bred Bettors Delight filly Bettor Dreams won the Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year Award on the back of a 1:54.6 win at Pinjarra and outstanding seconds to Australian 3yo Filly of the Year Frith in the Group One WA Oaks and to Gota Good Lookadda in the Group Two Daintys Daughter Classic. Her 11 starts for the season yielded four wins, three seconds, one third and stakes of $67,035.

Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding of the Year honours went to the outstanding New Zealand import Alta Christiano which was unbeaten at his only three Western Australian starts which included wins in the Group One WA Derby and Group Two Western Gateway Stakes and WA stakes of $169,030.

Aiden De Campo was presented with the Youth Achievment Award after a breakout season where he drove 100 winners for the first time while Dylan Egert-Green was presented with his trophy for winning the RWWA Rising Stars Series.

Gary Hall Junior drove 242 winners for the season to take out the Leading State Driver Title while his father Gary Hall Senior took out the Leading State Trainer Title with 192 winners.

Alan Parker

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