It's a Breeze as Hall's yard fires on all cylinders
David Hall has hit the ground running, with Carry The Zeal chalking up win number five for the stable after a sterling effort in the Community Chest Cup on Wednesday at a rain-pounded Happy Valley course. And the stable will soon be cashing in with the lightly raced Breeze Of Luck after a sound come-from-behind performance in the Class Four Plover Cove Handicap.
Breeze Of Luck, who was sporting blinkers for the first time, was well found in the market - starting at $46 after opening at $68 before the start of the day with Brett Prebble in the saddle.
He was restrained after jumping mid-pack from gate nine to settle third from the rear and one off the fence, was short of room and unable to improve his position at the 450m, hit the straight three deep with about seven lengths to make up, shifted into the clear five wide at the 200m and got going strongly in the final 100m to come a head second behind Shibala, who enjoyed all the favours after tracking the speed.
The runner-up clocked easily the fastest 400m split in a crisp 23.49 seconds in the 1,200m dash on the good-to-yielding track.
Prior to his latest run, Breeze Of Luck had been showing improvement in his five outings last term - sixth behind Dispatcher, second behind Scene Of Osmanthus and fourth to Super Horse.
The good-looking four-year-old chestnut gelding is a nice mix of the sprint influential Danehill stallion Flying Spur and the Fuji Kiseki mare Fuji Dancer.
Flying Spur was a winner of Australia's most famous two-year-old race, the Group One Golden Slipper Stakes in 1994, and has had a big impact on local racing with 32 winners over varying courses and distances from 45 starters, including the smart sprinter Inspiration, a 127-rated galloper at his peak and a Hong Kong Sprint winner.
As for his dam, Fuji Dancer was a black-type winner of the listed VRC Gibson Carmichael Stakes over a mile from two wins, second in the Group Two VRC Edward Manifold Stakes and third in the Group One MRC Thousand Guineas. She has had two other starters to date, including the Dehere filly Danza Doll, a triple winner up to 1,100m and fourth in the AJC Sweet Embrace Stakes.
Breeze Of Luck entered this run 25 pounds heavier than at his previous outing, filling in at 1,173 pounds, and had produced an unappealing effort in a trial over the straight 1,000m, but will surely come on for this effort and prove a tough cookie to knock.