Chicago Bull Survives a Scare

Champion pacer Chicago Bull narrowly avoided disaster when rank outsider Saleahs Comand galloped badly about 75m after the start of the 1730m TABtouch Race Replays Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Chicago Bull, the $1.04 favourite, was working his way forward from the outside barrier in the field of six when Saleahs Comand ($81) broke into a fierce gallop soon after passing the winning post in the early stages of the 1730m event and veered up the track, causing Gary Hall Jnr to take evasive action and switch Chicago Bull out four and five wide on the track.

Meanwhile Chiaroscuro was setting a fast pace from Ideal Liner and the first 400m section of the final mile went by in a slick 28.3sec. Chicago Bull lost valuable ground before Hall drove the little gelding forward to take the lead with 1100m to travel.

After a second quarter of a moderate 29.7sec., Chicago Bull dashed over the final sections in 28.7sec. and 27.2sec. to win easily at a 1.53.7 rate, beating Chiaroscuro by two lengths, with Ideal Liner fighting on to be third.

“It was just one of those things,” said a relieved Hall. “There’s always a spanner in the works, and it depends on what size it is. This caused me to take a bit longer to get to the front. I had to get around the galloping horse and I had to open Chicago Bull up because I was so far off them --- and they were already running. The first quarter was 28.3sec. and we would have run it pretty fast.

“Chicago Bull was really sharp tonight, which was good. When I asked him to go, he really wanted to.”

This was Chicago Bull’s sixth win from nine starts over 1730m at Gloucester Park and it took his record to 52 wins and 22 placings from 80 starts for earnings of $1,868,306.