Comeback pacer Crombie has shrugged off leg problems and connections are confident he will fully test hot favourite Im Themightyquinn in Friday night's $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup (2936m) at Gloucester Park.
Six-year-old Crombie, whose career looked in jeopardy last year, steamed home from eighth position to run second to Im Themightyquinn in last Friday's $400,000 SEW Eurodrive WA Pacing Cup (2536m).
Owner Gary Elson said yesterday that Crombie remained sound and would target Sydney's $750,000 Inter Dominion Championship (3000m) on March 3 after the Fremantle Cup.
The WA Pacing Cup was $531,000 stake-earner Crombie's fifth race since he joined Pinjarra trainer- reinsman Kim Young's stable.
He showed a glimpse of his best when fifth in _The West Australian _Village Kid Sprint (1600m) on December 28.
"Crombie could barely walk after a tendon injury last June," Elson said. "He has rebounded in miraculous style and the best could be yet to come.
"He made up ground on Im Themightyquinn in the final stages last Friday and will be suited by the extra 400m in the Fremantle Cup."
Elson said credit for Crombie's recovery should go to veterinarian Trevor Lindsay, who treated him intensely for three months.
The former Melbourne pacer scored wins in the $200,000 WA Derby (2536m) and $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic (2100m) in 2010.
He won 15 of his first 26 WA races, then displayed class in Perth's Inter Dominion series last year.
After winning an opening round heat, he was narrowly beaten to second by Smoken Up in a second night heat and ran third to Auckland Reactor in a final round heat.
Emerging pacer Hokonui Ben was allocated a Fremantle Cup run when Racing and Wagering WA chief harness racing handicapper Warren Wishart yesterday chose 12 starters from 23 entries.
Son Of Fergie and Bakerandthefatman were named emergencies.
Hokonui Ben has won six of his past eight races and scored an impressive victory in last Friday's Nights of Thunder Final (1730m).
Son Of Fergie won the WA Pacing Cup Consolation (2536m) from Bakerandthefatman on Friday.
The Bunbury-trained Son Of Fergie has won 20 races and was probably unlucky to miss a cup start. Sneakyn Down Under and Livingontheintheinterest secured Fremantle Cup runs despite having finished 10th and 12th in the WA Pacing Cup.
- The field: *Can Return Fire, Crombie, Dasher VC, Franco Renegade, Hokonui Ben, Im Themightyquinn, Livingontheinterest, Lombo Navigator, Mysta Magical Mach, Russley Rascal, Sneakyn Down Under, Uppy Son. Emergencies: Son Of Fergie, Bakerandthefatman. Barrier draw today.
"He has rebounded in miraculous style and the best could be yet to come.""Crombie's owner *Gary Elson *