Sydney Inter Dominion favouritism will be on the line when Im Themightyquinn pursues a fourth straight $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup (2936m) win at Gloucester Park tonight.
New Zealand star Terror To Love ran a top first-up trial for the $750,000 Inters (3000m) at Menangle on March 3 by finishing brilliantly to win yesterday's Southland Cup (2700m) in Invercargill.
Player has Im Themightyquinn a $3.10 favourite to win his third Inters, ahead of second favourite Terror To Love ($4.60).
"Terror To Love's won two New Zealand Cups and he's returned in great style," Player fixed odds manager Ben Pomatti said.
"Quinnie must impress to ensure he holds Inters favouritism.
"Big punters are confident he'll win the Fremantle Cup.
"We opened him at $1.60 for the cup and he was quickly backed to $1.55 with a flurry of $5000 bets."
Trainer Gary Hall Sr was confident after driving Im Themightyquinn in trackwork at Serpentine yesterday.
"He wanted to buck and frisk around," Hall said. "It's the sign I wanted. When we see Quinnie like that, we know he's feeling ready to win again."
The gelding bounced back from two defeats when he charged home last Friday and scored his third SEW Eurodrive WA Pacing Cup (2536m) win.
Hall confirmed his reinsman son Gary Jr would again drive Im Themightyquinn patiently tonight.
"We've discussed his draw on the inside of the back line," Hall Sr said. "He'll drop back early and get clear running."
The trainer said he expected bold runs by his other Fremantle Cup starters Hokonui Ben and Living- ontheinterest.
"Hokonui Ben faces a class rise, but is showing a lot of potential," Hall said.
"Livingontheinterest had a hard run when unplaced from his back line draw in the Pacing Cup.
"He's now got gate two."
Player fixed odds trimmed Hokonui Ben from $10 to $9 after support yesterday and Livingontheinterest was steady at $6.
Co-trainers Greg and Skye Bond's Fremantle Cup runners Russley Rascal and Can Return Fire are pleasing in trackwork.
"Russley Rascal has trained on well since his fourth in the pacing cup," Greg Bond said.
"Colin Brown chose to drive him, despite an unfavourable barrier."
Trainer-reinsman Aldo Corto- passi said outsider Franco Renegade could improve on an eighth in the WA Pacing Cup.
"He can be prominent in the finish if having a little luck," Cortopassi said.
Trainer-reinsman Kim Young said Crombie, who came back from tendon trouble and ran second in the pacing cup, was going well but faced a tough task from gate seven."When we see Quinnie like that, we know he's feeling ready to win again.""Im Themightyquinn's trainer *Gary Hall Sr *
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