Mighty champion inducted into WA Racing Industry Hall of Fame

Mighty champion inducted into WA Racing Industry Hall of Fame
Mighty champion inducted into WA Racing Industry Hall of Fame

CHAMPION pacer Im Themightyquinn has been inducted into the Western Australian Racing Industry Hall of Fame.

The track legend was formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on Thursday night, despite only being retired from racing two years ago.

Prepared by Serpentine-based trainer Gary Hall Sr, Im Themightyquinn won three consecutive Australian Harness Horse of the Year awards between 2011 and 2013 and won almost $5 million in prize money.

He won a total of 58 races, including 14 Group 1 races, but his most memorable victory was his last-gasp 2014 Inter Dominion win when he came from last place to clinch victory.

Jockey Rod Kemp, who won Perth’s Leading Jockey in four consecutive years between 1983 and 1987, was among the other inductees.

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Affectionately dubbed ‘Rocket’, Kemp won 11 Group 1 races, including two Australian Derbies, the 1984 Railway Stakes and the 1984 Perth Cup.

Kemp’s career was cut short by a fall at Belmont Park in 1987 which left him partially paralysed, but his legend has endured over time.

2017 WA Racing Hall of Fame Inductees:

Thoroughbred Inductees: Raconteur, Rodney Kemp, Len Pike, Sir Ernest Lee Steere Snr, Max Simmonds.

Harness Inductees: Frosty Nelson, Im Themightyquinn, Lyle Lindau, Harold Richter, Sir Frank Ledger.

Greyhound Inductee: Bright Idea, Keith Harding.