Im Themightyquinn a true champion at Menangle Interdominion

Driver Gary Hall Junior drives "Im Themightyquinn" to victory in the  Inter Dominion Grand Final Harness race at Menangle Park in Sydney, Sunday, March 3, 2013. (SMH SPORT) Photo by Mick Tsikas
Driver Gary Hall Junior drives "Im Themightyquinn" to victory in the Inter Dominion Grand Final Harness race at Menangle Park in Sydney, Sunday, March 3, 2013. (SMH SPORT) Photo by Mick Tsikas
Riders and horses complete the first circuit of the  Inter Dominion Grand Final Harness race at Menangle Park in Sydney, Sunday, March 3, 2013. (SMH SPORT) Photo by Mick Tsikas

Riders and horses complete the first circuit of the Inter Dominion Grand Final Harness race at Menangle Park in Sydney, Sunday, March 3, 2013. (SMH SPORT) Photo by Mick Tsikas

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD gelding Im Themightyquinn lived up to his name with a mighty effort to come from last to first to win his third consecutive Inter Dominion at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday.

The Western Australian star passed a field of champions in the straight to finish four metres ahead of runner-up Mah Sish, which led for much of the race, and Excel Stride in third.

The biggest day on the Australian harness racing calendar, the Inter Dominion carnival, culminated with grand final day races featuring seven group 1 events.

NSW Harness Racing Club's chief executive John Dumesny hailed the carnival's climax as an outstanding day. He had nothing but praise for the winner of the big race.

"He is just a champion, champion horse," Dumesny said.

"For him to do what he done in that race was just fantastic. I know they say he's a Western Australian champion, but he is an Australasian champion — a southern hemisphere champion.

"It proves he is a champion when he was last with a lap to go and last with 800 metres left and 10 lengths off the leader, but he won so convincingly going away from them.

"It also proves how good this track is because he wouldn't have done it on a smaller track.

"He will be back to defend his title to try to win for a fourth time in 2014."

The win took Im Themightyquinn's record in Inter Dominion heats and finals to nine undefeated runs.

More than $2 million in prizemoney was up for grabs during the 10-race meeting.

A huge crowd watched reinsman Gary Hall jnr steered the equal favourite on the betting to victory.

"It was an outstanding day," Dumesny said.

"The crowd was better than we expected as we had a tad under 12,000, so the focus it brought on this area was just great.

"Trainers, owners and drivers are compelled to come here to a world-class track.

"They were quite amazed with what they saw at the track.

"Had we had the weather on our side leading up to the day we would have been bursting at the seams."

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