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    SET to have his last local start before embarking on an ambitious campaign Chicago Bull is favoured to complete what could be an omen... Chasing omen victory
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    SET to have his last local start before embarking on an ambitious campaign Chicago Bull is favoured to complete what could be an omen victory at Gloucester Park tomorrow night.

    Aimed at the Victoria and New Zealand Cups, Chicago Bull’s interstate trek will conclude with the Inter Dominion.

    To be conducted in Victoria, the opening heats of the time-honoured Championship are scheduled to be staged at Tabcorp Park Melton on December 1.

    As for his ‘farewell’ appearance, Chicago Bull is engaged in the J P Stratton Cup – named after the administrator who was the driving force behind the creation of the Inter Dominion.

    In 1936 Stratton made the successful moves to hold an annual Championship for the best horses from Australia and New Zealand.

    Instrumental in getting the New Zealand authority on board, Stratton became the inaugural President of the Inter Dominion Trotting Council and oversaw the inaugural edition at Gloucester Park.

    Although drawn wide in barrier six, Chicago Bull will have no trouble extending his winning streak to nine according to trainer Gary Hall.

    Betting markets agree with the champion horseman’s assessment, with the son of Bettor’s Delight a prohibitive $1.04 favourite.

    “I couldn’t be happier with his condition and can’t see him being beaten,” Hall said. “He won from seven last week and from six two starts before that.

    “He’s racing in fantastic form and his work has been super.

    “This run will keep him right at his peak before we head over to Victoria early next week for the Cup a few days later.”

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