Hall's Formula for Success

Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, enjoying Christmas in New Zealand with his wife Karen, has a proven formula for success in the annual Village Kid Sprint.

The plan is to set the pace and keep the rivals at bay.

And that is the exactly what Hall is planning for his speedy six-year-old Herrick Roosevelt, who will be handled by Stuart McDonald from the prized No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s Village Kid Sprint over 1730m at Gloucester Park.

Hall has won the Group 2 feature a record five times. The Falcon Strike began from barrier one in 2003 and came from behind to win from Tricky Vic and the pacemaker The Hard Ball Get.

Since then he has won the race with Rakarebel (who led from barrier one in 2011), Hokonui Ben (who led from the No. 1 barrier in 2013), Beaudiene Boaz (who led from barrier one in the 2015 version of the race which was run on January 1, 2016) and Beaudiene Boaz (who led from the No. 2 barrier and won in December 2016).

Herrick Roosevelt resumed after a four-month absence when he set the pace from barrier one in a 2130m event last Friday night. After modest opening quarters of the final mile in 31.9sec. and 29.7sec., Herrick Roosevelt was put under plenty of pressure by Vultan Tin and the final 400m sections were covered in 27.2sec. and 28.5sec.

Vultan Tin finished strongly to win by a half-length from the fast-finishing El Jacko, with Herrick Roosevelt a head away in third place. Herrick Roosevelt is sure to have derived considerable benefit from his solid first-up performance.

Gary Hall Jnr drove Herrick Roosevelt last week, but he will be in the sulky behind the Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln this week. Rocknroll Lincoln, winner of the WA Pacing Cup last summer, is awkwardly drawn at barrier No. 7 on the front line for his second appearance after a nine-month absence.

Rocknroll Lincoln returned to racing in a 2130m Free-For-All last Friday week when he began from barrier six, raced three wide early and dashed to the front 600m after the start. He led to the final 250m and fought on gamely to finish third behind Vultan Tin and Handsandwheels.

Herrrick Roosevelt, Rocknroll Lincoln, Handsandwheels, Vultan Tin and others are sure to be fully tested by five talented pacers from the stables of leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond.

The Bonds will be represented by El Jacko (Bailey McDonough), Ana Malak (Dylan Egerton-Green), Vampiro (Michael Grantham), Mighty Conqueror (Ryan Warwick) and Galactic Star (Colin Brown). All five are racing in excellent form and are capable of winning.

It is not the first time that one stable has had five runners in a Village Kid Sprint. The Hall stable had five runners in the 2017 race when Chicago Bull (McDonald) finished third behind Bettors Fire and Soho Tribeca. The other Hall runners were Zach Maguire (fourth), My Hard Copy (fifth), Norvic Nightowl (sixth) and Ohoka Punter (seventh).

Gary Hall Snr also had five runners in the 2015 Village Kid Sprint, Beaudiene Boaz (first), My Hard Copy (second), John of Arc (third), Waylade (fourth) and Classic American (seventh).

Frontrunners have a fine record in recent years in the Village Kid Sprint. The leader has been successful in the past six years and the race has been won by the pacemaker in nine of the past 11 years.

It is difficult to assess which of the five Bond runners has the best winning chance on Friday night. The stable’s No. 1 driver Ryan Warwick is sticking with the relatively inexperienced but richly talented Mighty Conqueror, who will start from barrier two on the back line. Mighty Conqueror has won at 15 of his 24 starts and can never be underestimated.

Colin Brown, who drove The Accelerator to victory in the 1999 version of the race when it was known as the Celebrity Sprint, will handle Galactic Star, who impressed two starts ago with a powerful victory in a 2536m event, beating Vultan Tin and Ana Malak. Galactic Star will start from the outside of the back line.

Brown has driven Vampiro at his past three starts for smart wins in the 2130m Howard Porter Memorial and the 2130m Stratton Cup before a sound sixth behind Handsandwheels in the 2569m Bunbury Cup. He is capable of a bold effort from barrier four on the front line.

Kyle Harper, who has won the Village Kid Sprint behind Mysta Magical Mach (2012) and Bettors Fire (2017), should be prominent with the Barry Howlett-trained Talktomeurmattjesty, who gave a bold frontrunning display to win from Caviar Star over 2130m last Friday week. Talktomeurmettjesty should enjoy a perfect trail behind Herrick Roosevelt and he can unwind a blistering late sprint.

Champion trainer Gary Hall Snr, enjoying Christmas in New Zealand with his wife Karen, has a proven formula for success in the annual Village Kid Sprint.

The plan is to set the pace and keep the rivals at bay.

And that is the exactly what Hall is planning for his speedy six-year-old Herrick Roosevelt, who will be handled by Stuart McDonald from the prized No. 1 barrier in Friday night’s Village Kid Sprint over 1730m at Gloucester Park.

Hall has won the Group 2 feature a record five times. The Falcon Strike began from barrier one in 2003 and came from behind to win from Tricky Vic and the pacemaker The Hard Ball Get.

Since then he has won the race with Rakarebel (who led from barrier one in 2011), Hokonui Ben (who led from the No. 1 barrier in 2013), Beaudiene Boaz (who led from barrier one in the 2015 version of the race which was run on January 1, 2016) and Beaudiene Boaz (who led from the No. 2 barrier and won in December 2016).

Herrick Roosevelt resumed after a four-month absence when he set the pace from barrier one in a 2130m event last Friday night. After modest opening quarters of the final mile in 31.9sec. and 29.7sec., Herrick Roosevelt was put under plenty of pressure by Vultan Tin and the final 400m sections were covered in 27.2sec. and 28.5sec.

Vultan Tin finished strongly to win by a half-length from the fast-finishing El Jacko, with Herrick Roosevelt a head away in third place. Herrick Roosevelt is sure to have derived considerable benefit from his solid first-up performance.

Gary Hall Jnr drove Herrick Roosevelt last week, but he will be in the sulky behind the Justin Prentice-trained Rocknroll Lincoln this week. Rocknroll Lincoln, winner of the WA Pacing Cup last summer, is awkwardly drawn at barrier No. 7 on the front line for his second appearance after a nine-month absence.

Rocknroll Lincoln returned to racing in a 2130m Free-For-All last Friday week when he began from barrier six, raced three wide early and dashed to the front 600m after the start. He led to the final 250m and fought on gamely to finish third behind Vultan Tin and Handsandwheels.

Herrrick Roosevelt, Rocknroll Lincoln, Handsandwheels, Vultan Tin and others are sure to be fully tested by five talented pacers from the stables of leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond.

The Bonds will be represented by El Jacko (Bailey McDonough), Ana Malak (Dylan Egerton-Green), Vampiro (Michael Grantham), Mighty Conqueror (Ryan Warwick) and Galactic Star (Colin Brown). All five are racing in excellent form and are capable of winning.

It is not the first time that one stable has had five runners in a Village Kid Sprint. The Hall stable had five runners in the 2017 race when Chicago Bull (McDonald) finished third behind Bettors Fire and Soho Tribeca. The other Hall runners were Zach Maguire (fourth), My Hard Copy (fifth), Norvic Nightowl (sixth) and Ohoka Punter (seventh).

Gary Hall Snr also had five runners in the 2015 Village Kid Sprint, Beaudiene Boaz (first), My Hard Copy (second), John of Arc (third), Waylade (fourth) and Classic American (seventh).

Frontrunners have a fine record in recent years in the Village Kid Sprint. The leader has been successful in the past six years and the race has been won by the pacemaker in nine of the past 11 years.

It is difficult to assess which of the five Bond runners has the best winning chance on Friday night. The stable’s No. 1 driver Ryan Warwick is sticking with the relatively inexperienced but richly talented Mighty Conqueror, who will start from barrier two on the back line. Mighty Conqueror has won at 15 of his 24 starts and can never be underestimated.

Colin Brown, who drove The Accelerator to victory in the 1999 version of the race when it was known as the Celebrity Sprint, will handle Galactic Star, who impressed two starts ago with a powerful victory in a 2536m event, beating Vultan Tin and Ana Malak. Galactic Star will start from the outside of the back line.

Brown has driven Vampiro at his past three starts for smart wins in the 2130m Howard Porter Memorial and the 2130m Stratton Cup before a sound sixth behind Handsandwheels in the 2569m Bunbury Cup. He is capable of a bold effort from barrier four on the front line.

Kyle Harper, who has won the Village Kid Sprint behind Mysta Magical Mach (2012) and Bettors Fire (2017), should be prominent with the Barry Howlett-trained Talktomeurmattjesty, who gave a bold frontrunning display to win from Caviar Star over 2130m last Friday week. Talktomeurmettjesty should enjoy a perfect trail behind Herrick Roosevelt and he can unwind a blistering late sprint.