IF RECENT wins haven’t been a strong enough message for the young ‘calves’ on the east coast, trainer Gary Hall has issued another warning.
Admitting he has been impressed with exploits of Ride High and Lochinvar Art, Hall reminded the ‘up starts’ his stable star is not to be considered anything less than prime beef!
Despite getting close to veteran status, Chicago Bull will be “ready to charge” when he crosses the Nullarbor early in the New Year for majors such as the AG Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile.
Under traditional season dates – which have been changed to match the calendar year due to the Coronavirus pandemic – Chicago Bull would turn eight on September 1.
“Ride High and Lochinvar Art have looked pretty good,” Hall said. “They’ve still got to prove themselves on a regular basis at the top.
“Lochinvar Art showed he is capable of matching it with the best earlier in the season, but time will tell if he goes on with it.
“Ride High seems to have an X-factor about him but he has only been racing against his own age and limited open horses.
“It will be interesting when he’s tested against the best over 2500 metres.
“Chicago Bull might be getting a bit of age about him but just remember, older the bull, stiffer the horn!”
Boasting a remarkable record of 51 wins and 22 placings from 79 starts, Chicago Bull is aiming for four consecutive victories at Gloucester Park tonight.
Although Chicago Bull has drawn the widest of six runners, TAB Fixed Odds has the son of Bettors Delight listed as a $1.04 favourite.
Chiaroscuro and Ideal Liner from barriers one and two are considered the biggest dangers at $11.
“I can’t see him being beaten tonight,” Hall said. “Pure bad luck could be the only thing standing in his way.”