Peter Hall says he is excited to be reunited with Roger The Roman in the Listed Amelia Park-Bunbury Stakes (1400m) on Wednesday.
Hall teams up with Roger The Roman for the first time since last year’s breakout run in the Hannans Handicap (1400m) in Kalgoorlie.
After a stunning Broome campaign that netted an unbeaten sequence of five wins, including the Broome Sprint (1300m), Roger The Roman almost produced a stunning victory in Kalgoorlie’s premier sprint.
Stranded last and behind a wall of horses on straightening, Hall had to hook Roger The Roman to the outside to fine galloping room before the Rob Gulberti-trained gelding charged home for second behind Disposition.
Hall, chasing his third Bunbury Stakes victory after Royal Lott (2007) and Proart (2011), combines with Roger The Roman after he ran a sound race in last month’s Pinjarra Classic (1300m).
At his second-up run this campaign, Roger The Roman ran on for third behind boom gelding Battle Hero and Red Ora, a long-neck separating the first three placegetters.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on for sure and he is doing real well,” Hall said.
“I don’t think there is a stand out in the race and there are many hopes.
“I think Roger The Roman deserves to be considered an each way chance.”
With Battle Hero bypassing the Bunbury Stakes Red Ora and Falcon Crest will lump top weight of 59kg.
Roger The Roman, who for previous trainer David Harrison has one win and a placing from three Bunbury Starts, carries 57kg.
Falcon Crest drops back in distance after winning the Listed Detonator Stakes over 1800m at Ascot last month.
Prepared by Grant and Alana Williams, Falcon Crest will be in the hands of in-form rider, Chris Parnham.
Red Ora, who ran fourth to Man Booker in last year’s Bunbury Stakes, will be ridden by Shaun McGruddy.
“I was taken by Red Ora’s run in the Pinjarra Classic,” Hall said.
“In an even field I believe he will be the hardest to beat.”