Chicago's surprise cup plan

by Adam Hamilton

Nominal Perth Inter-Dominion favourite Chicago Bull could make a surprise detour to the rescheduled Victoria Cup on October 14.

Trainer Gary Hall Sr today turned his stable star out for a short spell with a view to an early September return to racing.

“I’m thinking seriously about the Victoria Cup,” he said. “It’s fits the programme, it’s just a matter of whether I want to take him across to the other side of Australia, when we have the Inter-Dominion in our own backyard a few weeks later.

“The upside is I think a trip like that would help make the horse. And he’s the sort of horse who wouldn’t be fussed by the travel at all.

“At this stage it’s more likely than not he will head across.”

Chicago Bull capped his mini “winter campaign” with his fourth win from as many starts when he never looked out of second gear in a free-for-all at Gloucester Park last Friday night.

The win again showed a different side.

“He drew quite well (four) so we used it as an opportunity to really run him off the gate and see if he still finished the race off as well,” Hall Sr said. “He did it so easily. It’s another step for him.

“I brought him back for this campaign to see if he was genuinely good enough to be a serious Inter-Dominion chance… I’m sure he is now. There’s no doubt he’s gone to another level with some of things he’s done and the times he’s run in his recent races.

“He’s out for two weeks of complete rest now, so he’ll back at the races in seven weeks or so.”

Chicago Bull won two of his seven starts as a juvenile in NZ, but has since raced 26 times for Hall Sr and returned 19 wins, three seconds and four thirds.

He heads to the paddock on a six-race winning streak.