In 1986 the Inter- Dominion returned to the “Capital of Speed” Albion Park and a New Zealand bred five-year-old trained by a butcher by trade from Western Australia came to Queensland and took all before him, that pacer was none other than Village Kid.
Affectionately known as “Willie”, Village Kid was a crowd favourite and won all three heats before scorching to an easy victory in the final Village Kid defeated Vanderport and Line On while smashing the track record recording 1.55.6 for the 2100-meter final the previous record was held by Popular Alm.’
Village Kid contested in five Inter- Dominion series, winning 8 qualifying heats a record he shares with Paleface Adios, and Village Kid made the Final four times.
For trainer Bill Horn, driver Chris Lewis and part owner Gordon Cox it was sweet revenge after “Willie” finished second in the Inter- Dominion Grand Final, the previous year in Melbourne to fellow West Australian Preux Chevalier.
Purchased for $36,000 by Horn on the recommendation of leading Perth farrier Dudley Anderson went on to record 93 lifetime victories. He retired from racing with $2.1 million in earnings, making him the richest pacer in Australia at the time.
Village Kid was twice named Australian Harness Horse of The Year.