Hall hails jockeys' leader Prebble for 'fantastic ride' on Danzulu

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 November, 2009, 12:00am

Trainer David Hall showered the praise on jockeys' championship leader Brett Prebble after Danzulu landed a breathtaking final-stride win.

Sean Woods' debutant Athenium had gone to a clear lead in the Class Three 1,400m seventh event out in the middle of the course, with favourite Always Something still wearing away at him and that pair looked the principal players until the last few bounds when Prebble suddenly appeared lifting Danzulu past them, top weight and all, through the inside part of the track. 'That was just a fantastic ride by Brett, and it shows why he's leading the championship. He's just in superb form,' said Hall (pictured), whose close working partnership with Prebble extends back beyond the trainer's five seasons in Hong Kong to the days when they were a formidable team in Melbourne.

'Danzulu is only a small horse, he had 133 pounds to carry and we thought the best chance for him was to hold up his finishing run for as long as possible.

'He's a genuine horse who gives you whatever he's got, but getting the timing right with that weight was always going to make the difference. There wasn't much in it at the finish but Brett got the timing exactly right.'

A lightly raced five-year-old with four wins from 13 starts, Danzulu has been in great form since resuming for the season, going under narrowly to Appreciation first-up before not having the best of luck from an outside draw at the bottom of Class Two last week under Derek Leung Ka-chun.

'Things didn't pan out for him last week with Derek but he didn't have a tough run, and dropping down a grade and going back to the top of the weights, we had Brett back on and a good draw helped,' said Hall, enjoying his best start to a season yet with 15 wins already on the board and comfortably occupying fourth spot on the charts.