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Bull blasts them away

BY ADAM HAMILTON

The Victoria Cup now looks very likely for young WA superstar Chicago Bull.

Trainer Gary Hall Sr said he would “decide by the end of the week” whether to chase the $200,000 Group One feature at Melton on October 14.

Chicago Bull answered some doubters when he demolished a strong field by a big space in blistering time in the $50,000 Group Two Navy Cup (2130m) at Gloucester Park last Friday night.

Although suited a frantic pace for the first 700m of the race, there was something special about the way Chicago Bull sustained a long run around the field from near and just kept going further in front through the last lap.

The five-year-old won by 12.5m in a 1.53.5 mile rate.

“That’s the sort of run I needed to see to convince he was right back to his best,” Hall Sr said. “I had my doubts after his first-up run so I needed to see him again. I’m happy now.

“I’d say the Victoria Cup is now about a 75-80 per cent. I’ll grab some time with John (Richardson, part-owner) over the next few days and make our final decision in the Melbourne trip.

“I’d like to go. Originally John wasn’t so sure, but I think he’s coming around.”

The race had fireworks early when the heavily-backed My Hard Copy led as expected from the pole, but Americanbootscoota and the headstrong Run Oneover came across and applied pressure.

My Hard Copy surrendered to Americanbootscoota, but Run Oneover again took charge of his driver (Stuart McDonald) and burned through the next 400-500m, breaking the field open.

Americanbootscoota did a good job to hold-on for a distant second, My Hard Copy was third and Run Oneover dropped out to finish tailed-off.

Hall Sr said Run Oneover continued to frustrate him.

“I wanted to have him driven off the pace and asked the stewards, but they said because he’d gone forward in all his recent races, he’d have to go forward again. It was his undoing,” he said.

Hall Sr also had success with former Purdon/Rasmussen five-year-old Lets Chase The Dream, who posted his first win at his third start for the stable when he cruised to victory in last Friday night’s opening race.