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    Champion trainer continues Derby dominance Champion trainer continues Derby dominance

    MAJOR TROJAN in full flight on his way to winning the Western Australia Derby - Photo Jodie Hallows

    BEFORE 2013 champion horseman Gary Hall had been unable to win the Western Australia Derby despite numerous attempts. Since 2013 Hall has won five... Champion trainer continues Derby dominance

    BEFORE 2013 champion horseman Gary Hall had been unable to win the Western Australia Derby despite numerous attempts.

    Since 2013 Hall has won five of the past seven editions of the Blue Riband, including last night’s running at Gloucester Park.

    Beginning with Alta Christiano, Hall has captured the classic with Beaudiene Boaz, Chicago Bull, King Of Swing and now Major Trojan.

    As impressive as his early list reads, Hall rates Major Trojan as being “up with best three-year-olds I’ve had”.

    “He’s a star,” Hall said. “I’ve got a big opinion of him.

    “He is up with best three-year-olds I’ve had. I wouldn’t say he is better than Alta Christiano, but he is as good as him.”

    Driven by Hall’s son, Gary junior, Major Trojan was given time to settle into his stride from barrier five before being sent forward to sit outside the pacemaker, Its Rock And Roll.

    As the son of Art Major got towards the leader’s wheel, however, the race change complexion as Its Rock And Roll was pulled inside the pegs and out of the race.

    Franco Edward, which was about to receive the coveted one-one, was then pushed forward to find the front, with Junior pressing ahead in search of the lead with Major Trojan.

    After the pair broke clear of the pack, Junior eased out of the battle and angled Major Trojan onto the pegs behind Franco Edward.

    Gaining an opening around the final bend, Major Trojan sprinted to a four-and-a-half metre win from Bletchley Park, with Franco Edward a short half-head away third.

    Rating 1:57.1 over 2536 metres, the colt stretched his record to two wins and three placings from five Australian starts.

    “I felt the draw was difficult but I was confident I had best horse in the race,” Hall said. “He just needed right run, which is what he got.”

    Sent for a spell, Major Trojan will be aimed at the state’s four-year-old majors such as the Golden Nugget when he returns to work.

    “He went to the paddock this morning,” Hall said. “I will give him five or six weeks off.

    “After that I will get him ready to the Nugget and so.”

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