OUTSTANDING pacer Chicago Bull will have to equal a record almost five decades old if he is to win tonight’s Western Australia Cup at Gloucester Park.
A commanding $1.55 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds, Chicago Bull is aiming for his second victory in the Grand Circuit event.
Prepared by champion trainer Gary Hall, the son of Bettors Delight captured the Group One in 2017.
While there are numerous pacers which have completed multiple wins in the Cup, Radiant Oro is the only one to manage a second success three or more years after his initial win for trainer Jack Retzlaff.
Triumphant in 1968, Radiant Oro reclaimed the title in 1971 with Retzlaff in the sulky on both occasions.
As for Chicago Bull’s quest for a second Cup, the gelding faces a tough task after drawing wide in gate seven.
The seven-year-old slots into barrier six with the removal of the emergency.
To be driven by Gary Hall junior, Chicago Bull heads into the time-honoured feature with 16 wins and five seconds from his last 21 starts.
“It is difficult seeing him being beaten, but he is going to have to do it the hard way,” Hall said. “He’ll more than likely be up there outside the leader.
“He’s done it all before, so I can’t see any reason why he won’t do it again.”
Should Chicago Bull emerge victorious it will be Hall’s 12th Cup win since first claiming the state’s premier race with The Falcon Strike in 2002.
Hall won seven consecutive Cups between 2011 and 2017.
Hall junior has driven seven of those winners, while also scoring behind the Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln in 2019.