Hall chases fifth Cup

The Sunday Times - - SPORT - JULIO SANTARELLI

LEAD­ING jockey Peter Hall is poised to en­hance his Boul­der Cup (2100m) record when he part­ners the Adam Dur­rant­trained The For­got­ten One at Kal­go­or­lie to­day.

Hall is chas­ing his fifth Boul­der Cup, his third with trainer Adam Dur­rant and sec­ond in suc­ces­sion af­ter pi­lot­ing Don’tget­caught last year.

Hall says The For­got­ten One has the right pro­file to win the Boul­der Cup af­ter he posted a strong 2100m stay­ing vic­tory at Belmont last month.

“You can’t go wrong when you pick up a ride for one of the lead­ing train­ers,” Hall said.

“He has drawn per­fectly (3), has run the dis­tance and will be rock-hard fit. He is no su­per­star, but this is a pretty even field with many chances.

“I’m def­i­nitely happy to be rid­ing him and he ticks all the right boxes.”

Dan and Ben Pearce, who formed a train­ing part­ner­ship on Au­gust 1, look well placed to land their first fea­ture race suc­cess with Vis­count geld­ing Pushin’ Shapes.

The five-year-old rock­eted into Boul­der Cup cal­cu­la­tions when he flashed home from last to run an eye-catch­ing fourth in last fort­night’s Cool­gar­die Cup (1760m).

Dan Pearce is con­fi­dent he can join his brother on the Boul­der Cup hon­our roll af­ter Ben Pearce pre­pared Don’tget­caught 12-months ago.

“We are con­fi­dent he is as good as we can have him,” Dan Pearce said.

As­cot trainer Dan Mor­ton in­sists he can win his third Boul­der Cup in six years with for­mer Syd­ney gal­loper Ma­cav­ity.

Af­ter go­ing win­less in Broome, Ma­cav­ity struck back and im­pressed when he ran on strongly for sec­ond in the Cool­gar­die Cup.

“I do think he has the cre­den­tials to win the Boul­der Cup and if he can im­prove a lit­tle bit on his run the other day he should be there­abouts,” Mor­ton said.

TAB fixed-odds bet­ting has The For­got­ten One and Pushin’ Shapes at $6. Ma­cav­ity is quoted a $15 chance.

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