Top reinsman Gary Hall Jr has been granted deferment of a suspension and will drive hot favourite Im Themightyquinn in Friday night's Group 1 $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup (2936m) at Gloucester Park.
The $3.6 million stake-earner pulled up superbly after he charged wide to brilliantly win Friday's SEW Eurodrive WA Pacing Cup (2536m) by 4m from outsider Crombie and frontrunner Dasher VC.
"Gary Hall Jr received a 10-day suspension for causing interference to Hokuri Handrail near the bell when driving The Burnside Flyer on Friday," chief steward Bill Delaney said yesterday.
"Stewards have agreed to a stay of proceedings and he is free to drive until after the Fremantle Cup meeting."
Im Themightyquinn, trained by Hall's father Gary to win the past three WA Pacing Cups, appears to have a fourth straight Fremantle Cup at his mercy.
"I can't fault his condition and soundness," Hall Sr said. "His trackwork in coming days will be sharper than the solid training he had last week. He could accelerate even faster in the Fremantle Cup than what he did on Friday."
Hall said he would step New Zealand import Hokonui Ben up in class to tackle the Fremantle Cup.
"He looked a cup horse when winning the Nights Of Thunder Final on Friday," the trainer said.
"I'll also start Livingonthe- interest in the Fremantle Cup and a gear change can improve him.
"He hung in before fading to last in the WA Pacing Cup."
Co-trainers Greg and Skye Bond will give Can Return Fire a swimming regime this week in a bid to get him back on target for the Fremantle Cup.
The gelding, a winner of 19 races, faded to ninth in the Pacing Cup. Can Return Fire raced prominently in last year's Perth Inter Dominion Championship and the Bonds planned to launch a Sydney campaign with him next month so hope for a sharp improvement.
"We're baffled by his disappointing run on Friday," Greg Bond said yesterday. "He'll be kept fresh with swimming this week."
The Bond-trained Russley Rascal, a strong-finishing fourth in the WA Pacing Cup, is a confirmed Fremantle Cup starter.
Injury-plagued Crombie, who started at $75 in the WA Pacing Cup, will be much shorter on Friday."The horse is a class performer and his cup placing did not surprise me, " trainer-reinsman Kim Young said yesterday.
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