Champion harness racing trainer Gary Hall has sounded an ominous warning to rivals ahead of Friday night’s Sully's Painting New Seasons Pace at Gloucester Park.
Set to launch a four-pronged attack on the feature, Hall is confident he only requires one runner – promising pacer, Northview Punter.
Although drawn awkwardly on the outside of the second row, Northview Punter only has to repeat last week’s August Cup performance to emerge triumphant once again.
“Even though he is a noted front runner and loves leading, he’ll be the one to beat,” Hall said. “The journey (2536 metres) is right up his alley.”
Northview Punter led throughout on a rain-affected track to complete a decisive win from Ima Rocket Star in the Cup, which was contested over the same distance.
Northview Punter, the youngest runner in the field, will again be driven by Gary Hall junior, who combined with his father to win the New Seasons Pace with Southern Ruler in 2005 and Talk To Me Courage in 2009.
Hall’s other runners are Our Arlington, which will begin from the outside of the front line, Benjamin Banneker, barrier five, and Livingontheinterest, gate 11.
Seven-year-old Livingontheinterest adds considerable interest to the race. A winner at 20 of his 44 starts, he will be first-up since his unlucky 10th behind Beautide in the Inter Domnion at Menangle last March.
Before that the son of Dream Away was a nose second to Im Victorious over 2536 metres at Gloucester Park, and at his previous outing. he led throughout the Lord Mayor's Cup.
“Livingontheinterest probably needs the run,” Hall said.
A Hall victory will see the Serpentine mentor equal the race record held by veteran Byford horseman, Tony Svilicich, who captured the event with Taihape Tickler (2006) and Has The Answers (2010 and 2011).