A winning hat-trick to end the day earned Nick Hall riding honours at Caulfield
Nick Hall served reminder of his immense riding talent with a winning treble at yesterday's Caulfield meeting.
The son of former star hoop Greg Hall won the final three races on the eight-race card to emphatically claim the day's riding honours.
It was Hall's first city treble since finishing as stable rider for Lloyd Williams, who is also his godfather, midway through the season and the 25-year-old was happy to enjoy a small piece of the spotlight on one of the great day's in Australian racing history.
“I don't know if I compare to Black Caviar, but it has been a good day,” he said, paying tribute to the champion mare's 20th straight win, which came in Adelaide.
“It's been a while since I've had a treble on a Saturday, so this is good.”
Hall's winning run started when he brought the Mike Moroney-trained Zabisco ($6) with a well-timed run to edge out roughies Signor Socks and The Zeebac in the Ranvet Handicap (1400m).
He then scored a strong win aboard the Darren Weir-prepared The Night's Hot ($5) in the LUCRF Super Handicap (2000m), before saving his best until last with Bonnie Mac, who is also prepared by Moroney.
Hall settled just behind the speed in the Louise Cooper Plate (1200m) aboard the $2.80 favourite, took a wide gap that presented at the top of the straight and quickly put the result beyond doubt.
Hall's late heroics snatched the day's honours from in-form apprentice Katelyn Mallyon, who won the first two races on the Caulfield card.
The 17-year-old showed why she is Victoria's leading metropolitan apprentice this season with a canny front-running ride aboard the Danny O'Brien-trained Placement ($4.60) in the Monjon Security Handicap (1800m).
Mallyon then sat just off the lead in the Dr Michael Irlicht Handicap (1000m) before proving too strong with the Peter Healey-trained Galbraith ($4.60).
- Racing Victoria