If David Hall had any doubts about the weight the locals place on luck and good omens, it was permanently erased in the aftermath of winning the first race of 2005 with High Price. Soon after Brett Prebble steered the Red Ransom four-year-old down the centre of the course to an easy win in the Class Five event over 1,400 metres, a veritable army of well wishers were pumping Hall's hand and remarking on the power of this New Year omen. 'All the stable staff are very excited, and a number of the assistant trainers from other stables have been telling me this is a very significant win,' Hall said. 'To win the first race of the New Year, they say, is very good luck indeed.' High Price ($133) had previously raced three times for the Hall stable, and put in a very promising debut when second to Easy Punch on September 29. Although High Price was beaten by the admittedly substantial margin of over five lengths, at least Easy Punch came out and won again in Class Four company to confirm the form. 'He pulled up a bit scratchy in his action at his next run, I think the track was just a bit too hard for him that day,' Hall said. 'And then his last run, he had no luck at all. It was actually quite a decent run. 'I guess he'll be rehandicapped more than five points for this win, so that will take him into the bottom of Class Four. But with a horse who showed the sort of finishing speed that he did today, he could still win at that level. I'm sure he's better than a Class Five horse,' Hall added.