Phantom Brew brings up double for Nick Hall

Sep 29, 2013

COLIN Little praised Nick Hall for a heady ride after Phantom Brew won the Programmed Property Services Handicap today at Caulfield.

Little noted that Phantom Brew is a horse that doesn’t possess a great acceleration nor does he like being cluttered up in a field.

He said Hall’s decision to “get trucking early” proved decisive as Phantom Brew was able to stave off the fast-finishing Mintaro with Verdant third, but the Robert Smerdon trained horse lost third on protest to Fabriano.

“It was a great ride by Nick. The horse lacks a bit of acceleration, he needs to get trucking and that’s what he did,” Little said.

“He can’t get out of the ground the last furlong, but once he got to the front I knew he would be pretty strong.”

Little discounted a Cranbourne Cup start for Phantom Brew as he said the six-year-old is such a big horse - 17 hands - that he wouldn’t negotiate such a tight track.

“He’s really a Flemington horse. If he gets in between horses, he gets a bit lost, He is a big track horse who needs a bit of room,” Little said.