Interdominion hopefuls have Southland link

READY TO GO: Interdominion Finalist Washakie with trainer-driver John McCarthy.
READY TO GO: Interdominion Finalist Washakie with trainer-driver John McCarthy.

Three starters in Sunday week's Interdominion Grand Final in Sydney have strong links to Southland.

The trio - Im Themightyquinn, Jaccka Clive and Washakie - gained entry into the A$750,000 final after competing in heats in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday night.

Dasher VC, who started his racing career in Southland, was withdrawn from the final yesterday because of a fetlock injury.

REINSMAN: Gary Hall jnr, who drives Im Themightyquinn.
REINSMAN: Gary Hall jnr, who drives Im Themightyquinn.

Im Themightyquinn, bred in the province by Dave Kennedy, of Bayswater, slashed his odds for the final when winning the Perth heat by 24.5m at Gloucester Park.

Jaccka Clive ran third in the lone Melbourne heat and Washakie finished fourth in a Menangle heat.

Im Themightyquinn, trained in West Australia by Gary Hall and driven by son Gary, is seeking to win the final for the third consecutive year.

He was promoted from second to first in 2011 after winner Smoken Up was disqualified for a positive drug test. Im Themightyquinn's 95 starts have produced 46 wins and A$3,754,866 in stakes.

Jaccka Clive qualified and raced once (ninth) for Wyndham trainers Ivan Gutsell and Megan Irvine before being sold to a client of former Canterbury trainer Brent Lilley.

He crossed the Tasman after winning and running fourth at the two-day Nelson summer meeting in 2008. Now 8, Jaccka Clive has gained 28 Australian wins and been placed in many Group races, including a second and a third in the Hunter Cup in Melbourne.

''We really liked him . . . He was pretty much sold after he qualified,'' Irvine said yesterday.

''He had a lot of improvement in him when we sold him.''

Washakie is closely followed by his Gore breeder Lester Paisley, who was in Sydney for the gelding's fourth Treuer Memorial win at Bankstown in December.

''What a thrill that was,'' Paisley said yesterday.

''It was his 50th win and he smashed Christen Cullen's track record.''

Paisley owns a 2-year-old sister to Washakie and has their dam, Shoshoni Sunrise (six wins, Roxburgh Cup), in foal to Lisa Mara.

Washakie's career earnings stand at A$1,692,573.

''It's a pity horses we breed, can't win the same money here (New Zealand),'' Paisley said.

The Southland Times