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Champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr continued in dazzling form on Friday night when, for the second week in a row, he landed five winners at a Gloucester Park meeting.
And for the second consecutive week Gary Hall snr chalked up four winners as a trainer.
Hall junior’s fifth winner on Friday night’s ten-event program came up in race nine, the 2130m Westral Pace, when exciting three-year-old Finvarra outclassed his rivals after the American Ideal colt had settled down about 50 metres from the early leaders The Ideal Touch and Know When To Run, who were involved in a titanic struggle for the lead.
The lead time was a particularly fast 34.6sec. and when Cody Wallrodt was able to get to the front with the $8.50 chance Know When To Run after 450m there was a ten-length gap to the third horse Anvil Rollover and with Finvarra, the $1.50 favourite, in seventh and last position about 50m from the pacemaker.
The pace slackened and with slow opening quarters of the final mile in 32.2sec. and 31.3sec. Hall was able to drive Finvarra forward to be third (without cover) at the bell. Finvarra got on terms with Know When To Run 550m from home and then led clearly at the 250m mark before coasting to victory, two and a half lengths ahead of The Ideal Touch, rating 1.56.5 after final 400m sections of 28.6sec. and 27.5sec.
This boosted Finvarra’s record to nine starts for six wins and two placings for stakes of $105,010. The sky certainly appears the limit for the brilliant three-year-old, who is prepared by Hall snr.