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Star reinsman Gary Hall Jnr aims to set the pace with up-and-coming four-year-old Jumpingjackmac in a bid to beat outstanding five-year-old Magnificent Storm in the 2130m Allwood Stud Supporting WA Breeding Free-For-All at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Hall admits that Jumpingjackmac faces an acid test against the all-conquering Magnificent Storm, who will start from the No. 5 barrier, with his rival ideally drawn at the prized No. 1 barrier.
Last Friday week Jumpingjackmac was the $1.50 favourite when he set the pace and overraced as well as being hampered by getting his tongue over the bit before fading to fifth behind Magnificent Storm, who raced in the breeze and beat Diego and Chicago Bull.
Jumpingjackmac was much more relaxed last Friday night when he set a slow early pace before dashing over the final 400m in 27sec. and winning by a length from the fast-finishing To Fast To Serious over 2536m.
“I give Jumpingjackmac a better chance this time against Magnificent Storm,” said Hall. “If Jumpingjackmac pulls this time like he did two starts ago I’ll probably let him run a bit more. I won’t hold him; that didn’t work. I’ll let him slide, if necessary. He can run good times, and it is not impossible for him to beat Magnificent Storm. He certainly has a better chance than he had the first time he met him.”
Brilliant pacer Wonderful To Fly looks set to extend her winning sequence to seven when she contests the $25,000 Westsired Pace for three-year-old fillies.
Part-owned, trained and driven by Shane Young, Wonderful To Fly will be making her first appearance for seven weeks, and it is extremely difficult to suggest that she will be extended, even from her somewhat awkward draw at barrier five in the 2130m event.
“She had three weeks off in the paddock and has been in work for almost four weeks,” said Young. “Her work has been good, and she has options. However, she should get to the front. We will work forward to assess the situation, while I expect they would hand up to me.”
The Debra Lewis-trained Wall Street Girl impressed at her first appearance for a month when, driven aggressively by Chris Lewis, she gave a bold frontrunning display to score a runaway victory at a 1.58.3 rate over 2130m on Tuesday afternoon. She dashed over the final 400m sections in 28.8sec. and 28.6sec. and defeated promising gelding Speedwagon by four lengths.
However, Wall Street Girl prospects of extending Wonderful To Fly diminished when she drew out wide at barrier eight.