Bull's winning return
GARY Hall Jr had a time where he never thought last night would never happen.
In the moments after Chicago Bull’s freakish mishap and injury in Auckland last October, Hall Jr hoped he would survive let alone race again.
“It was chaos in that moment … we thought he was gone. We needed to hold him down to calm him and comfort him,” Hall Jr recalled.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. It was so scary.”
Fast-forward six months and emotions overflowed as the pint-sized superstar made a winning comeback at Gloucester Park in front of a larger-than-usual and adoring crowd.
“It’s pretty touching. You don’t always get the right endings. Tonight is deep and really hits home,” Hall Jr said,
The win itself was regulation with Chicago Bull zipping to the front from gate two and rolling along in solid but not sizzling splits.
The six-year-old was nursed to the line by Hall Jr to win by 3.3m in a 1min54.1sec mile rate for 2130m.
“He could’ve won that 80 per cent right, but he felt good. He felt normal,” Hall Jr said. “He still felt good on the line.”
“It’s great to see the fans come along tonight. The sport needs this horse and that’s part of the emotion about getting him back.
“He’s a bit of a people’s horse and has a cult following.”
Trainer Gary Hall Sr said Chicago Bull would continue through a “cameo” winter campaign before a let-up and being set for the Auckland Inter Dominion.