Aussie trainer gets early Christmas present with 150-1 double Trainer David Hall was walking out the door on the way to the airport and almost missed the second leg of his winning double at Sha Tin yesterday, but the punters certainly did miss it. Hall, who had earlier scored with the better-fancied Namjong Goodluck (Brett Prebble), was getting on his way to catch a plane to Australia for Christmas when Million Success (Danny Nikolic) turned on a form reversal to win the ninth event at 30-1. But it was a win that Hall took some pride in, not because it was expected but because it had been the result of some alert training. After being a model of consistency most of last season, Million Success had become a bit too familiar with his routine in recent times and his form had suffered. 'He's still a stallion and he's been missing the start and having a bit of a bludge, basically not giving his best,' Hall said. 'He trialled here just over a week ago on the all-weather and he probably didn't look to go that well but the ground was a bit wet that morning and there was a lot of kick-back. He didn't like it much and he wouldn't really go.' So Hall decided the gloves had to come off and urgent action was taken with Million Success on Wednesday. 'He'd got to the point where if he didn't do anything today, he'd drop further in the ratings and the better jockeys wouldn't make his weight and he'd be in that limbo on the way to Class Four but not quite there,' Hall said. 'So Wednesday I got Brett to jump him out of the gates with Siameric Te Specso and they had a real go to try to make him focus. For one thing, he's been making it impossible his first two runs this season by missing the start and I wanted him chased out of the barriers. Well, Siameric was a bit too sharp for him in that sort of gallop so Brett decided he'd ride Millennium Spirit today but I think the wake-up call did the trick.' With Prebble committed, Hall sought another Australian Danny Nikolic for his first ride on the five-year-old and he felt Million Success was never going to lose. 'David Hall asked me to give him a good warm-up behind the gates, keep him moving and his mind on the job and that's what I did - he jumped out beautifully,' Nikolic said. 'Once he was up there and travelled as well as he did, I was always pretty confident he'd find a kick when I asked him.' Namjong Goodluck, a 5-1 shot, didn't need quite as much sorting out but he has presented his own training problems for Hall since he arrived this season. Now that he has broken through to win, Hall believes another win is certainly possible despite the rise to Class Four next time. 'The penny is starting to drop with him. He's a five-year-old but not had very much racing and has been quite reluctant going between horses. He showed in his race last week that he's starting to get the hang of it and backing him up quickly to today's race probably worked in his favour,' he said. 'Even though he wasn't so impressive today, I think it will bring him on again and with more time and more racing he should pay his bills.'