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Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr will be in action in the first nine races at Gloucester Park on Friday night, and he scratched his head when he declared “it’s a hard meeting and I don’t have a stand-out drive. I’d say Master Publisher could be my best.”
Master Publisher, prepared by Gary Hall Snr, will start from barrier No. 4 in race nine, the 2536m Steel Blue Boots Pace. He reappeared after a 15-month absence when he was an $8 chance from barrier three in a 2130m event last Friday night. He raced in seventh position in the one-wide line before finishing solidly to be third behind Sound Wave and Moonlite Drive.
“He went pretty good, first-up,” said Hall Jnr. “He has had a lot of little niggling problems.”
Master Publisher’s stablemate Faster Than Dad (Maddison Brown) appears to be one of Master Publisher’s main rivals, along with Pocket The Cash, McArdles Gem and Altas Angel.
Faster Than Dad has won at five of his 15 starts and should gain a favourable passage after starting from the No. 2 barrier on the back line, immediately behind McArdles Gem, who set the pace when second to Valbonne over 2130m last Friday week.
Pocket The Cash, to be driven by Lindsay Harper for Bunbury trainer Stephen Reed, should also enjoy a good trip after starting from the inside of the back line.
Hall also gives Will I Rocknroll a good chance of winning when he starts from the No. 2 barrier in the 2130m Bobs In Town Pace. The New Zealand-bred seven-year-old scored an easy all-the-way win three starts ago, and then was unplaced from wide draws at his next two outings.
Will I Rocknroll began from the outside barrier in a field of eight last Friday night when he raced at the rear and was still last with 50m to travel before sprinting strongly, out four wide, to finish a close-up sixth behind Arma Einstein.
“His last run was super,” said Hall. “It was as good a sixth as you would see. It would be nice if he is able to cross to the front at the start.”
Hall drove Lady Violetta for Banjup trainer Annie Belton when the American Ideal filly made her debut in a 1684m event at Pinjarra on Monday, and he is looking for a solid effort from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Spurs Champion League Pace on Friday night.
Lady Violetta was checked in the score-up, raced without cover early and then was restrained to the rear before gaining the one-out, one-back position and then finishing last behind Fess Up in the field of six. “It was a bit better run than it might have looked,” said Hall. “She has good gate speed.”