Now for the August Cup

Superstar Chicago Bull was untroubled to extend his winning sequence to five when he strolled to an effortless victory in the 2130m Zippay At Retravision Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he will have a brief spell after contesting the August Cup next Friday night.

“I was real happy tonight,” said champion trainer Gary Hall Snr. “He didn’t have too hard a run and went to the line pretty good. After the August Cup he will have a few weeks off, just doing nothing at home.

“There are no interstate trips planned because of the travel restrictions. If we do go away it will be for the Hunter Cup at Melton early next year.”

Chicago Bull, favourite at $1.04 from the outside in the field of six, was not bustled early before Gary Hall Jnr sent him to the lead after 650m. He then bowled along easily in front before sprinting over the final quarters in 28.4sec. and 27.5sec. and winning by just over a length from Convert Denario, rating 1.55.5.

This improved his remarkable record to 81 starts for 53 wins and 22 placings for stakes of $1,883,419.

When Chicago Bull is spelling, Convert Denario and Bletchley Park (who led for the first 550m and finished solidly along the inside to be third) will pay to follow. Convert Denario dashed to the front after 550m and then enjoyed a perfect sit behind the pacemaking Chicago Bull before finishing solidly.