Cer­e­mony hon­ours track le­gends

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

FOR­MER cham­pion jockey Rod Kemp, who was named Perth’s lead­ing jockey for four con­sec­u­tive years be­tween 1983 and 1987, was in­ducted into the West Aus­tralian Rac­ing In­dus­try Hall of Fame on Thurs­day night.

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 cru­elly cut short fol­low­ing an ugly fall at Bel­mont Park in 1987 which left him par­tially paral­ysed, but his leg­end has en­dured.

Star pacer Im Themightyquinn was also in­ducted.

The track leg­end only retired from rac­ing two years ago.

Pre­pared by lead­ing Ser­pen­tine trainer Gary Hall, 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.

Picture: Bill Crabb

Driver Gary Hall Jnr salutes the crowd as Im Themightyquinn wins one of his three In­ter Do­min­ion ti­tles.

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