Interdominion winner Im Themightyquinn was named harness horse of the year for season 2011-12 this week and was retrospectively given the title for 2010-11 at the expense of Smoken Up.

Smoken Up was not eligible to keep the title after being disqualified from the 2011 InterDominion but he was unlucky not to win the title last season.

Smoken Up was the 2011-12 Grand Circuit Champion after he won the Miracle Mile, Victoria Cup, SA Cup and Len Smith Mile as well as three heats of the InterDominion before breaking in the final. But the deeds of Im Themightyquinn in winning the premier series got him over the line.

Im Themightyquinn didn’t win outside Western Australia but he was unbeaten in the InterDominion, giving Gary Hall a memorable win in the final, and also took out the Fremantle and Western Australian cups.

It was a toss-up but the award is Australian horse of the year, not West Australian.

NSW supplied both three-year-olds of the year. Scandalman was named the best colt and gelding in the country, while the Paul Fitzpatrick-trained Marquess De Posh was the filly of the year.

NSW Harness Racing Club will follow the InterDominion model, giving horses the chance to qualify for the Chariots Of Fire and Ladyship Mile in their home towns. There will be qualifying races in Western Australia, Victoria and New Zealand for the $200,000 group 1s for four-year-olds and mares.

”The idea is to attract the best mares and four-year-olds from every part of the country,” NSW Harness Racing Club chief executive John Dumesny said.

The day will feature the InterDominion Final, Ladyship Mile, Chariots Of Fire, NSW Derby and NSW Oaks, meaning the best horses from Australia and New Zealand will be on show at Menangle on March 3.

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