Expresso keeps Hall on move
David Hall moved into the top five on the trainers' table and landed a sizeable betting move in the process when Multo Expresso scored in the sixth event on the back of a perfect Eric Saint-Martin ride.
Hall is clearly having his best season since arriving from Australia in 2004 and his reputation for shrewdness has earned him an army of followers in the off-course betting centres around town, players who charge in late for a free ride on his market shorteners.
Multo Expresso was a perfect example, being a $42 chance at midday and a $38 chance 30 minutes before race time, but starting a warm $31.50 favourite under an avalanche of late money.
Hall has now moved to 28 wins for the term and answers only to Caspar Fownes (46), Paul O'Sullivan (39), Tony Cruz and Dennis Yip Chor-hong (31) on the trainers' table.
Saint-Martin gained the ride on Multo Expresso as a result of Brett Prebble's two-meeting suspension and said later he never really had any worries on the Irish-bred galloper.
'I had a nice position, around midfield and I was happy to stay away from the fence,' he explained. 'Coming into the straight, I waited, and I waited some more, but when I went for him I was always confident of picking up the leader.
'He is a nice horse and David has done a very good job with him. David's a good horseman and knows his horses really well. I think this horse is just coming right, but what he's really looking for is some ease in the ground. If he gets a wet track any time soon, then watch out.'