Star reinsman Gary Hall Jr received an early birthday present when guiding In The Perfect Storm to victory in the $35,000 Tabtouch John Higgins Memorial Final at Gloucester Park tonight.
Hall, who celebrates his 32nd birthday tomorrow, sent In The Perfect Storm ($6.90) straight to the lead from the pole and was never headed during the 2130m feature.
The Michael Brennan-trained gelding held on to beat Jasper Freeway ($8.90) by 2m, with Moonlight Rockhole ($68.20) running third.
Condrieu, the $2.20 favourite, was pulled back to last by reinsman Ryan Warwick late in the first lap because of a gear failure. He ran ninth.
“His first-up run (second behind Condrieu at Pinjarra) was quite good,” Hall said.
“We took advantage of his early speed and he won well.”
In The Perfect Storm boosted his record to 11 wins from his 54 starts.
Hall made the eve of his birthday his own, claiming all three feature finals.
He caused a boilover in the $40,000 McInerney Ford Fillies and Mares Final (2130m) when guiding $81 roughie Tis A Charmer to victory.
Hall also led all the way with Slick Chapel ($1.30 favourite) in the $25,000 City Livestock The Chandon Final (2130m).
“Slick Chapel was my best drive of the night,” Hall said.
“He controlled the race well from the front.”