Trainer Gary Hall Sr is confident he can right a trackwork error with Im Themightyquinn and bring the Inter Dominion champion back to win Friday night's $400,000 SEW Eurodrive WA Pacing Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park.
Hall said yesterday that the gelding, unbeaten in his previous 18 Perth starts, lacked solid condition when fourth as a $1.20 favourite in last Friday's Lancaster Park Pace (2130m).
"In hindsight, I made a mistake by not working Quinnie harder at trackwork leading up to the Lancaster Park," Hall said.
"He travelled home by road after a Melbourne third three weeks ago and I went easy on him for a while.
"I now realise we were too light on Quinnie again in training last week. The mistake won't be made twice.
"I'll be shocked if he doesn't get back into the winners' list on Friday night."
Im Themightyquinn, pursuing his third straight WA Pacing Cup, can add to Hall's record-breaking run of six wins in the Group 1 race.
The Falcon Strike gave Hall three cup wins and he has also won with Tealsby Karita.
The race's previous training record was held by the late Phil Coulson, who prepared five winners.
Pure Steel and Village Kid, with four victories each, share the record for horses.
Hall has booked Kim Prentice to again drive New Zealand import Livingontheinterest, who is unbeaten in seven WA starts.
Racing and Wagering WA officials received 25 entries when cup nominations closed yesterday, but have reduced the field to 12.
"We've selected a class field," RWWA chief harness racing handicapper Warren Wishart said.
"The final 12 includes the first three placegetters in last autumn's Perth Inter Dominion final - Im Themightyquinn, Mysta Magical Mach and Lombo Navigator.
"Dasher VC, who last raced more than two months ago, will create big interest when racing first-up in the cup. He ran second in last season's Pacing Cup at his sixth start after a spell."
Wishart will name two cup emergencies before today's barrier draw.
Gloucester Park chief executive Michael Radley said he was not surprised some interstate trainers dropped plans to head west and tackle the cup.
Washakie, trained in Sydney by John McCarthy, was a cup nomination but was scratched yesterday.
"Sydney and Melbourne trainers are reluctant to tackle Im Themightyquinn on his home track," Radley said.