Bull's best win yet
By Adam Hamilton
IT was a cold winter’s night in a relatively nothing race at Gloucester Park, but Gary Hall Sr thinks it was the turning point of Chicago Bull’s career.
As exciting as the pint-sized star had been winning 35 of his first 55 starts, Hall Sr insists he went to the next level winning the August Cup last night.
It prompted some of the most bold and lavish praise and predictions you would ever hear from a trainer.
“After tonight I think anyone who is not frightened of Chicago Bull in a race, there is something wrong with them. When you sit parked and run home in 54.1sec that easily … he is real force to be reckoned with,” Hall Sr told Gloucester Park trackside presenter Tim Walker.
“He’s a just a star, a really good horse and I don’t know how anyone can fault his form. I think he deserves to be favourite in every race that he’s in and that includes the Victoria Cup, NZ Cup and Inter Dominion for sure and certain.”
Pressed about the significance of last night’s win, Hall Sr added: “I knew I had a good horse, but didn’t know how good. I believe he’s comeback better than when he ran second in the Inter Dominion and when held Lazarus out that night and ran third in the Fremantle Cup. He’s just come back that little bit better and that will take him right to the top I think.”
Last night’s race didn’t play out well early for Chicago Bull when his emerging stablemate Runrunjimmydunn led easily and dictated to through a 59.9sec middle half, promoting driver Gary Hall Jr to make a move on Chicago Bull and come around to sit parked.
It turned into an 800m sprint home which Chicago Bull ran his own split in 54.0sec (officially last half 54.2sec – splits 27.2 and 26.9) to coast past the leader and win as he liked by 3.7m in a 1min55sec mile rate.
There is no doubt he’s as at least as good as any open-class horse in Australasia right now.
Short but sweet from driver Gary Hall Jr after the race: “Yes, he sure was impressive. I’d be scared if I lived on the eastern seaboard.”
Hall Sr will now just plot his path towards through Gloucester Park free-for-alls ahead of the Group 1 Victoria Cup at Melton on October 15.
Then it’s straight to NZ for a lead-up race and into the Cup.
The other highlight for the night for Team Hall was King Of Swing’s third easy win from as many starts this campaign in the opening race.
A staggering $1.40 to $2.20 betting drifter from gate nine, King Of Swing took an advantage of an early, messy speed duel from some of his key rivals to blast around the field and take the lead after 700m.
It was then just a matter of how far as he cleared out to win by 10.4m in a 1min55.5sec mile rate for 2130m, including a 1min55sec last mile and 27.5sec final quarter,
“He’s definitely come back better and sharper than when he won the Derby for us. We’ve got some exciting times ahead,” Hall Jr said.
Hall Sr added: “I was a bit worried about him because he’s not the best track worker, but he’s a racehorse and did it workmanlike in the end. I’m very happy with him as well.”