Inter Dominion | Harness Racing | UBET

Contested in Australia and New Zealand since 1936, the Inter Dominion Pacing Championship is the premier harness racing event of the year. The date and venue for the Inter Dominion changes regularly, with harness racing clubs in Australia and New Zealand vying for right to host blue ribbon harness carnival. Fourteen horses normally contest the final which is traditionally run in March. The winner snares a major slice of the $1m prize purse.

In recent times, the programming and qualification process has changed a number of times. Traditionally, the series was held over a two-week period, with three heats in the first week, one each over sprint, middle and staying distances. The final was contested a week after the final heat, with the club hosting the event determining the length of the race. Usually, the distance would be longer than 2400 metres. Under the current format, qualifying races are conducted in Australia and New Zealand on the same day within a four-hour window to determine the final field. The host club then conducts the final at a major venue, with qualified horses representing various states, territories and provinces (NZ).

A number of the greatest trotters have won this event, including Our Sir Vancelot and Blacks A Fake. In the early 2010’s, Gary Hall’s champion pacer Im Themightyquinn dominated the race, winning three in a row from 2011 – 2013. In 2011, Smoken Up was first past the post, however was stripped of the title after testing positive to the prohibited substance dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO).


PREVIOUS INTER DOMINION WINNERS


YEAR WINNER RIDER TRAINER VENUE
2016 LENNYTHESHARK CHRIS ALFORD DAVID AIKEN MENANGLE
2015 BEAUTIDE JAMES RATTRAY JAMES RATTRAY MENANGLE
2014 BEAUTIDE JAMES RATTRAY JAMES RATTRAY MENANGLE
2013 IM THEMIGHTYQUINN GARY HALL (JNR) GARY HALL (JNR) MENANGLE
2012 IM THEMIGHTYQUINN GARY HALL (JNR) GARY HALL (JNR) GLOUCESTER PARK
2011 IM THEMIGHTYQUINN GARY HALL (JNR) GARY HALL (JNR) ALEXANDRA PARK
2010 BLACKS A FAKE NATALIE RASMUSSEN NATALIE RASMUSSEN MENANGLE
2009 MR FEELGOOD ANTHONY BUTT TIM BUTT GOLD COAST
2008 BLACKS A FAKE NATALIE RASMUSSEN NATALIE RASMUSSEN MONEE VALLEY
2007 BLACKS A FAKE NATALIE RASMUSSEN NATALIE RASMUSSEN GLOBE DERBY
2006 BLACKS A FAKE NATALIE RASMUSSEN NATALIE RASMUSSEN ELWICK
2005 ELSU DAVID BUTCHER GEOFF SMALL ALEXANDRA PARK