Top reinsman Gary Hall Jr still hopes to get the chance to ride Chicago Bull in the Fremantle Pacing Cup after appealing against a 27-day suspension.
Hall was hit with the suspension following incidents in the Christmas Handicap (2503m) and Christmas Gift Final (2130m) at Gloucester Park, and now faces an anxious wait.
Stewards have said Hall caused Red Salute to break gait when he allowed Jus Livinthedream to shift in during early stages of the Christmas Handicap, while there was also an incident in the Christmas Gift Final.
"We issued a 10-day suspension for the offence," acting stewards chairman Rhys Chappell said. "Gary Hall then moved out with Herrick Roosevelt on the Christmas Gift's first turn and forced Wrappers Delight to race unnecessarily wide.
"He was given a 17-day suspension, to be served cumulatively with the previous penalty."
Trainer Gary Hall Sr turned to Stuart McDonald to drive star five-year-old Chicago Bull in the $50,000 Village Kid Sprint (1760m) last night, but is still hoping his son will be free to jump back into the sulky on 12th January.
"Gary will lodge an appeal and we hope he can drive Chicago Bull in the Fremantle Cup," Hall Sr said.
No matter what, Hall will be clear to drive in the WA Pacing Cup on 19th January.
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