Lazarus loses but wins ac­co­lades

The Timaru Herald - - CATALYST -

De­spite putting up ar­guably the big­gest per­for­mance of his ca­reer, Kiwi cham­pion Lazarus came up nar­rowly short of win­ning Fri­day night’s A$300,000 Fre­man­tle Cup in Perth.

He was posted parked three­wide for the en­tire 2536-me­tre jour­ney in the hands of Mark Pur­don but knuck­led down and hit the front 100 me­tres out, only to be pipped by lo­cal pacer My Hard Copy on the line.

It was an out-of-this-world run that had many ex­pe­ri­enced com­men­ta­tors declar­ing it the great­est los­ing per­for­mance they’d ever seen.

Pur­don was left posted on his own af­ter Chicago Bull, driven by Gary Hall Jnr, re­fused to hand up the parked po­si­tion out­side Bet­tors Fire, who led.

Chicago Bull, sta­ble­mate of the winner, fought on doggedly to fin­ish third.

The trainer of both horses, Gary Hall Snr, said af­ter the race that he didn’t want Lazarus to find a po­si­tion of dom­i­nance as it would ef­fec­tively mean race over for his charges.

‘‘I didn’t want a rep­e­ti­tion of the In­ter Do­min­ion be­cause Lazarus just dic­tated the terms.

‘‘We de­cided to make a race of it tonight and I thought Chicago Bull went ter­rific.

‘‘I know Chicago Bull and Hard Copy aren’t as good as Lazarus, but at least he is beat­able.’’

My Hard Copy was driven by one of Hall’s sons, Clin­ton, who had pre­vi­ously won two WA Pac­ing Cup’s with the mil­lion­aire pacer.

The son of Amer­ica Ideal was pur­chased out of Ray Green’s Auckland sta­ble as a ju­ve­nile in 2012 by long­time Hall client Steve Chap­man and his fam­ily.

‘‘[Clint] drove him bril­liantly,’’ said Hall Snr. ‘‘[My Hard Copy] has done me proud; he’s a great lit­tle horse.’’

Pur­don and part­ner Natalie Ras­mussen’s other chance in the race, Ul­ti­mate Ma­chete, fin­ished on strongly in the race for fourth af­ter sit­ting in the oneone po­si­tion be­hind Chicago Bull through­out.

Ear­lier in the night, the sta­ble’s other Perth rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Pic­cadilly Princess, fin­ished fourth from a sec­ond line draw.

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