Hall Senior admitted he wanted to make Lazarus earn his victory on Friday, after watching the procession that the Inter Dominion Final became last month.
When Bettors Fire held the front Chicago Bull was not going to hand up to Lazarus outside the leader and it left him posted three-wide.
Lazarus sat on the outside of Chicago Bull and they paired off in the straight. Lazarus quickly got the better of that battle but could not deny My Hard Copy, which scored by a head with Chicago Bull 1¾ metres away in third.
"I didn't want a repetition of the Inter Dominion because Lazarus just dictated the terms," Hall senior said. "We decided to make a race of it tonight and I thought Chicago Bull went terrific."
There will be a rematch in the West Australia Pacing Cup in fortnight, which carries Grand Circuit status.