Inter Dominion champion Im Themightyquinn has thrived since arriving home from Melbourne and is set to make a surprise start before the $400,000 SEW Eurodrive WA Pacing Cup (2506m) at Gloucester Park on January 11.
The $3.4 million stake-earner, a gallant third after early pressure in last Saturday week's Victoria Cup (2240m), has not been beaten at his past 18 Perth starts and is nominal favourite to win a third straight WA Pacing Cup.
"Quinnie had a smooth trip after leaving Melbourne last Wednesday," trainer Gary Hall Sr said.
"He pranced on his toes up the driveway when arriving home on Saturday morning.
"It was thought he wouldn't race again until the WA Pacing Cup.
"But he's jumping out of his skin and is looking for another start before the big event.
"I'll enter him for Friday week and decide before acceptances whether to go ahead with the lead-up race."
Im Themightyquinn is also favourite for the $750,000 Inter Dominion Championship (2300m) in Sydney on March 3.
Other WA Inters entrants Saucy Legend, Rakarebel, Mysta Magical Mach, Crombie, Russley Rascal, Please Release Me and Can Return Fire will clash in Friday night's $60,000 _The West Australian _Village Kid Sprint (1700m) at Gloucester Park.
The Hall-trained Saucy Legend has drawn awkwardly at gate six for the sprint, but connections expect him to run a big race. "Saucy Legend has had to come from well back in fields when fourth, fifth and sixth at his last three starts," Hall said. "He is capable of being right in the finish."
Co-trainers Greg and Skye Bond hold a strong hand in the Village Kid Sprint with pole marker Can Return Fire and Russley Rascal.
The Ron Huston-trained Jefferson City looks hard to beat when Gloucester Park introduces short-course racing to a principal meeting in Friday night's Tabform Need For Speed Final (900m).
Jefferson City led and won the first of two experimental 900m races at Gloucester Park's country class program last Saturday week.
"The 900m races were popular," Gloucester Park chief executive Michael Radley said. "They'll become part of Friday night fixtures."
·Gloucester Park starting points will be shifted back a further 30m from first turns in a bid to reduce the advantage of inside draws on front lines.
New starting points will be in place from Friday week.
"Pole markers have been on a winning streak here," Gloucester Park president John Burt said.
"Changes are being made after consultation with Racing and Wagering WA. TAB betting on Gloucester Park should be boosted when front-line barrier draws become less influential."
"He's jumping out of his skin and is looking for another start before the big event.""Trainer *Gary Hall Sr *