Comeback pacer Ima Rocket Star is the new pole marker in tomorrow's $50,000 WA Inter Dominion heat (2536m) at Gloucester Park.
Ima Rocket Star moved from gate two when original pole runner Crombie was found to have a high temperature yesterday and was scratched.
The first two horses in Perth's qualifying heat go through to the $750,000 Sydney Inter Dominion Championship (3000m) at Menangle on March 3.
Heats will also be run in Sydney (two), Melbourne and New Zealand, all within 80 minutes of each other, tomorrow.
Player's fixed odds betting manager Ben Pomatti said dual Inters champion Im Themightyquinn tightened from $1.35 to $1.30 for the Perth heat after likely pacemaker Crombie's scratching with an elevated temperature.
"Lombo Navigator firmed from $7 to $6.50," Pomatti said.
"Dasher VC came in to $7 after being at $9.50. Ima Rocket Star tightened from $26 to $21."
A bold front-running win was scored by Ima Rocket Star over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Tuesday week when he raced for the third time since an injury-enforced spell.
"Now we've got gate one, I reckon he'll be driven to hold the lead," said Greg Bond, who co-trains the gelding with his wife Skye.
"He's sure to face pressure for the lead from Lombo Navigator, who shifts to barrier two."
Ima Rocket Star's comeback has been a triumph for the Bonds and strapper Claire Cummins.
"He was out of racing for 11 months after a nearside tendon injury in early 2011," Greg Bond said. "The troublesome tendon was damaged in a different area when he raced first-up and his career looked over."But dedicated treatment by Skye and Claire enabled him to come back again after a 13-month break from racing."
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