Just over six months since his racing career came crashing down; superstar pacer Chicago Bull is poised for a comeback at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
And that comeback is built around an Auckland Inter Dominion raid at the end of the year.
Now all trainer Gary Hall Sr needs is enough acceptors for Friday night’s race to go-ahead.
“He’s as ready to go as I can have him. He really needs racing now, so I hope they have enough runners to run the race,” he said.
It was October 27 last year, the day after Chicago Bull stormed into NZ Cup favouritism after a sparkling Alexandra Park win, when everything went wrong.
He had a shock reaction to a treatment, flipped and broke six vertebrae in his wither. His future was in complete limbo because the injury was so rare and freakish.
“I did so much reading about it and it was basically between six months and two years for recovery, but the longer stints were for horses that get ridden. It’s an injury some gallopers do when they burrow under the starting gates, but they might break two or three vertebrae, not eight,” Hall Sr said.
“He fractured six of them and totally displaced two of them. He’s got a hole in there where they were.
“All that said, he stayed in New Zealand for six weeks after the accident, came back here in mid-December and hasn’t had a moment of soreness.
“If there’s an upside to the time out, it’s been the fact he’s grown a bit. We’ve let his hopples out an inch, so he’s not quite as tiny as he was.”
Chicago Bull convinced Hall Sr he was ready to race when he easily beat buzz stablemate Ideal Liner in a recent workout and that horse then bolted in first-up at Gloucester Park last week.