Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Big American Ideal four-year-old The Ideal Touch gave an impressive display of his potential when he worked hard in the breeze before beating the $3.60 favourite Typhoon Banner and Leosabi ($4.40) in the 2130m Mondo Doro Smallgoods Special Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
It was a masterly drive by champion reinsman Gary Hall jnr who got The Ideal Touch away fast from the outside barrier (No. 9) and was not worried about racing without cover outside the $3.70 second fancy Sangue Reale. Hall’s tactics were for The Ideal Touch to remain in front of Typhoon Banner, who started from the outside of the back line.
Dylan Egerton-Green sent Typhoon Banner forward, three wide, from the rear approaching the bell, and the four-year-old ran home determinedly, but was unable to overhaul The Ideal Touch, who took the lead at the 400m and covered the final quarter in 27.7sec.
“He is a nice horse, but he has had quite a few problems,” said trainer Gary Hall snr. “He had a really bad fetlock and feet problems. But he is sound at the moment.”
This was The Ideal Touch’s fourth start after a ten-month absence, and he now boasts a West Australian record of 13 starts for six wins and four placings. He is the fourth foal out of the Mach Three mare Touch Of Rose, who had 43 starts in New Zealand for four wins, 13 placings and $69,756 in prizemoney.