The Inter Dominion returns to the Sunshine State for the first time since 2009.
Back in 2009, the pacing series was staged at the now defunct Parklands complex on the Gold Coast, owing to the Russ Hinze grandstand at Albion Park being condemned the year prior.
Former North American star Mr Feelgood (Tim and Anthony Butt) prevailed in an epic final, denying local champion Blacks A Fake an unthinkable four straight titles.
The following year Blacks A Fake claimed his fourth crown when successful at Menangle in Sydney.
As it stands, Blacks A Fake is the only Queensland-trained winner of an Inter Dominion Grand Final.
The Inter Dominion Championship is one of the world’s great harness racing series, and is currently organised by the Inter Dominion Events Committee (IDEC), with representatives from both Australia and New Zealand.
Traditionally, an Inter Dominion series (pacers and trotters) consisted of three heats and a final staged across a two-week window while on rotation across all states of Australia and both islands of New Zealand.
The Inter Dominion Championships were historically held on a yearly roster covering Australian States and New Zealand (NZ), but for 2013-15 the Pacers Championship was awarded to New South Wales (NSW), followed by Western Australia (2015-2017) where the original three heats and a final format was revived before further changes were implemented.
As it stands, the Inter Dominion has been manipulated, ripped, and pulled apart in many ways since the change of the new millennium leaving the future of the famed series fighting for survival.
But the biggest event on the harness carnival remains.
Now it returns to the famed Breakfast Creek oval of Albion Park for the first time since 2001 when the Kiwis came, saw, and conquered with Yulestar (Pacers) and Take A Moment (Trotters) proving triumphant.
No Queensland-trained pacer or trotter qualified for those respective Grand Finals. Will that change in 2023?
Albion Park has played host to five Inter Dominion series previously, with 2001 being the only time the state hosted both pacers and trotters simultaneously.
The 2001 series was an unforgettable series, fans and punters alike crammed into Albion Park to be part of the action, the Sydney-trained star Atitagain swept all three heats but was denied by Yulestar in the Grand Final.
Unplaced runners included Courage Under Fire, Breenys Fella, Shakamaker, Persistency, Lombo Rapida and Holmes DG among others.
The total series prize money was $800,000 (pacers) and $300,000 (trotters).
When the state first played host to a pacing series it was back in 1972, which followed the Addington (Christchurch) series claimed by Stella Frost.
Brisbane was abuzz with excitement and the crowds flocked across the series, which officially commenced on May 20 with the first-round heats conducted over 10 furlongs and 132 yards. The second round staged over the Grand Final distance of 12 furlongs and 132 yards while the final round was staged over 14 furlongs and 132 yards.
The final was taken by the New South Wales-trained Welcome Advice for George and Alan Harpley, defeating Monara and Reichman.