Day At The Track

Tim Hall & his remarkable Keystone journey

12:35 AM 04 Mar 2013 NZDT
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Tim Hall with his partner Nicola Alton Keystone Del takes out
Tim Hall with his partner Nicola Alton - and their loveable canine friend.
Tim hall photo
Keystone Del takes out - the inaugural running of the Glenferrie Farm Classic

From winning a double at Palmerston North in October 2012 to record the first two wins of his career to seven starts later beating some of the best trotters in Australasia yesterday at Menangle in the $200,000 Group 1 Glenferrie Farm Challenge is the remarkable journey under taken by the former Morrinsville trotter Keystone Del ( Dr Ronerail).

Formerly trained at the Scott Reserve training complex in Morrinsville by Tim Hall Keystone Del was sent to Nicole Molander in Sydney shortly after his two wins on a 50/50 share basis.

Described by Hall as a nice trotter that would have won his way into intermediate grades it was felt that his preference for left handed racing limited his opportunities and as such a deal was struck whereby he could display his ability in New South Wales.

Hall said that the two wins at Palmerston North came on a preparation which included no workouts or trials and was on a rising plane when sent to Australia.

What nobody expected was that he would be such a revelation winning 5 of his 7 starts to date. The high speed racing suite Keystone Del Hall said. His most impressive win was when he beat former Dominion Handicap winner Vulcan ( Earl) in the sensational time of 1-54.9 in a $22000 race at Menangle.

In setting this time Keystone Del became the fastest New Zealand bred son of Dr Ronerail displacing Dr Hook (1:56.2).

Raced her by Pat Hall (father of Tim) and his brother Michael Keystone Del is a son of the tough but handy trotter Flipside (Aereus) . Trained by Pat Flipside Flipside won 6 of her 82 starts.

Hall is working a ream of 13 at Scott Reserve and including the very promising three year old colt Randalstown( Badlands Hanover) who has strengthened considerably during a spell and should make his presence felt later in the season

by Malcolm MULLIGAN

Keystone Del winning the $200,000 Group 1 Glenferrie Farm Challenge:

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