Hall Unlocks A Potential Star

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Brennan Ryan

8 Mar 2018

Written By Brennan Ryan

BRIDPORT trainer Richard Hall has mixed emotions as to whether his local-bred chaser Bridwood Brianna can further succeed her flying 25.65 debut over 461m at Hobart on Thursday night.

Bridwood Brianna, a daughter of Black Nitro and Topline Dee, who is no youngster rising three-years-old in April, faced the starter for just the thirteenth time in her race career, notching her fourth win.

Hall stuck it out to the last race on the card and was rewarded with a kennel quinella as Giant Valley initially led his kennel-mate with a first split of 5.01.

In a thrilling finish, Bridwood Brianna overwhelmed Giant Valley at the post to score by one and a half lengths, with Dame Kirra finishing a distant third.

Richard Hall, a beef cattle farmer by profession, with a large holding on the north-east coast of Tasmania, trains a formidable team of five greyhounds, whilst breeding a handful of litters.

“I took a lot of pride in Brianna’s win because you put in all the effort in rearing and education, to see one of your own come out and produce such a fantastic run is a great thrill,” Hall said proudly.

“I got Topline Dee on a pup deal from Les Barker who had bred a litter previously to Lochinvar Marlow, and Paul Hili also had a pup deal for the stud service fee to Black Nitro,” Richard told.

Topline Dee has produced a handful of performers in her two litters, with the Lochinvar Marlow progeny delivering gallopers Carrick Marlow (7 wins) and Rich Marlow (3 wins).

Four pups from the April ‘2015 litter have produced a total of 16 wins led by Paul Hili’s Nitro Grace.

“I discovered early in Brianna’s pre-training that she definitely had ability and a motor to match. Her downfall is she has the tendency to stand-up in the boxes and that’s why she has missed the start on occasions, her fifth start at Devonport it all came together and she jumped, running 25.51,” he said.

Hall remains hopeful that Bridwood Brianna can bring her box manners to correction as she matures.

“A bitch with her ability deserves a crack on the mainland but until her box manners come right she will remain here, I think once it comes together Brianna could be a nice bitch and really make it.”

Hall has been a licensed trainer in Tasmania for eight years, having put the polish on a group of handy performers in the likes of Ninja Bear, Mackie Slater, Gypsy Slater, and iron-dog Chicka Scott.

“Mackie Slater was a very quick dog and I sent him interstate firstly to Victoria and then to Western Australia to contest the Group 3 Mandurah Cup in 2011. It took him time to settle in over there.”

Mackie Slater won 13 races from 42 starts and has a five-pup litter on the ground to Space Wave.

Hall will return to Hobart this Thursday night, where Bridwood Brianna will have a tilt in a 4th Grade 461m, and will use the run as the acid-test whether she can make her it further.

“If she jumps better this week I’m thinking it will be a good result and there is no better track than Hobart for a greyhound to find their legs so it will be very interesting to find out.”

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