The Inter Dominion Series has long
been the pinnacle of harness racing throughout Australasia.
The incredible history of the great
event is fascinating in its own right.
And yet, the sparkle that has made
this unique battle so special has waned a
little in recent years.
Why? Well, there are many suggested
reasons, some plausible and some
not so. But, what has happened to the
Inter Dominion over the past 10 months
could change it forever.
Let me quickly explain how the Inter
It started in Perth in 1936 and was
designed to be a battle between the best
pacers from Australia and New Zealand.
Every year the series has rotated
across Australian states and every four
years New Zealand plays host.
Except for a couple of years, the series
has been conducted with three rounds
of heats in the first week, with a week’s
break until the Grand Final.
The fortnight long series was unique
to anything else in the world, was obviously
brutally tough on horses and during its
great days, attracted huge interest from
the Australian and New Zealand sporting
It didn’t take long before the series
developed to include a similar section for
the best trotters and this has been the formula for many years.