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    King not ready to relinquish his title King not ready to relinquish his title

    TWO OF OUR GREATEST: Brian Hancock and Our Sir Vancelot

    FOR the past two decades he has been known as Mr Inter Dominion, and although he hasn’t competed in the series for many years,... King not ready to relinquish his title

    FOR the past two decades he has been known as Mr Inter Dominion, and although he hasn’t competed in the series for many years, Brian Hancock isn’t ready to relinquish his title.

    The ‘King’ of the prestigious Championship during the 1990s, Hancock was successful as a trainer-driver with Weona Warrior in 1994 and Our Sir Vancelot in 1997, ’98 and ’99.

    With his hat-trick Our Sir Vancelot became the first triple Inter Dominion winner.

    Hancock also trained Thorate to capture the series in 1990 when driven by Howard James.

    A decade earlier, Hancock drove Koala King to glory for veteran horseman Ray Wisbey.

    At Tabcorp Park Melton tonight champion New Zealand horseman Mark Purdon has the opportunity to lay claim to Hancock’s title as Mr Inter Dominion.

    As a driver, Purdon could become the first person to win four Pacers’ Finals with different horses.

    Along with his wins behind Smolda in 2016 and Lazarus last year, Purdon was successful with Mark Hanover in 1991.

    Mark Hanover was prepared in partnership by his father, Roy, and brother, Barry.

    Purdon also has five wins as a trainer in the Trotters’ Inter Dominion, giving him a combined tally of eight Finals as a trainer and/or reinsman.

    Purdon will partner Spankem, which is the $3.10 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds from barrier five.

    Already recognised as Miss Inter Dominion, Purdon’s partner Natalie Rasmussen is aiming for her fifth Final victory.

    Rasmussen won an unprecedented four Inter Dominions with Blacks A Fake in 2006, ‘07, ’08 and ’10.

    Although she drove Spankem and Cruz Bromac during the heats, Rasmussen has chosen to stick with the latter, which is the $3.80 second elect from his back row draw.

    While he is more than happy to recognise Purdon and Rasmussen’s success, Hancock isn’t prepared to let go of his position as Mr Inter Dominion.

    “They’ve got to catch my 26 heat wins before I’m going to hand it over,” Hancock joked.

    “Records are made to be broken and it’s all the better for the sport when they are.

    “They’ve done a great job and I’m really proud of Mark as he has been a friend of family since forever.

    “I wish them and all the people involved in the Finals whether as a trainer, driver or owner, the best of luck tonight.”

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