Date with Do­min­ion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

VET­ERAN pac­ing trainer Gary Hall says his horse Way­lade – which will be driven by his son Gary Hall Ju­nior – is his best chance at win­ning at the Inter Do­min­ion Se­ries.

VET­ERAN pac­ing trainer Gary Hall says the up­com­ing $1.8 mil­lion Inter Do­min­ion Se­ries is go­ing to be an open race with up to 20 horses with a chance of win­ning.

The trainer said his horse Way­lade – to be driven by his son Gary Hall ju­nior – is his best chance at win­ning. The New Zealand im­port is the high­est ranked WA horse in the 30-horse com­pe­ti­tion.

His other ma­jor con­tender, My Hard Copy, was the sec­ond high­est ranked WA en­try.

The Inter Do­min­ion re­turns to Glouces­ter Park for the first time since 2012. It is the rich­est har­ness race in the world and has at­tracted en­tries from across Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

The se­ries will run over three nights, with three heats per night. It starts on Novem­ber 27 and the a grand fi­nal will be on De­cem­ber 13.

A to­tal of 30 riders will run in the se­ries with the top 10 run­ning in the grand fi­nal.

Hall has won the grand fi­nal three times with Im Themightyquinn from 20112013.

“I think of the 30 horses com­pet­ing, 20 of them had some win­ning hope,” he said.

“That is good for the se­ries as ev­ery­one goes in with a bit of hope.”

“Prob­a­bly Way­lade is my best chance and My Hard Copy could be a sec­ond stringer.”

One of the key el­e­ments of the Inter Do­min­ion Se­ries is get­ting the horses through the three runs in a week.

Horses have to run on Novem­ber 27, De­cem­ber 1 and De­cem­ber 4 in or­der to qual­ify for the grand fi­nal.

Hall said the three runs in one week would not be an is­sue for the “tough” Way­lade de­spite be­ing rel­a­tively young and less ex­pe­ri­enced.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Gary Hall and horse My Hard Copy.


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