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Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall snr not only won the Catalano Truck And Equipment Christmas Gift for a record seventh time at Gloucester Park on Friday night, but he dominated the $50,000 group 2 feature event, landing the trifecta with Jumpingjackmac, The Ideal Touch and Finvarra.
Jumpingjackmac, the $2.20 favourite, dashed to the lead after 350m, set the pace and held on to beat the fast-finishing The Ideal Touch ($12) by a head, with Finvarra ($4.60) a half-length farther back in third place.
Hall is now setting his sights on the $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Cup on January 21 and the $450,000 TABtouch WA Pacing Cup on February 4 with the brilliant New Zealand-bred three-year-old Jumpingjackmac, who has raced only 17 times for ten wins, six seconds and $160,159 — and looks set for stardom.
Champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr shares his father’s optimism about the wonderful potential of Jumpingjackmac, and he had no hesitation in urging the gelding forward from the No. 3 barrier and charging past the early leader Typhoon Banner.
After a swift lead time of 36.5sec., Jumpingjackmac was able to relax and coast through the first quarters of the final mile in 31.7sec. and 30.3sec. before final 400m sections of 28.8sec. and 27.2sec.
Finvarra, who raced without cover for Callan Suvaljko, was deprived of second place by The Ideal Touch, who was given the perfect trip by Maddison Brown in the one-out, one-back position before sprinting home powerfully.
Typhoon Banner ($4.80) trailed Jumpingjackmac and was hampered for room in the closing stages when finishing a close-up fourth.