Brigadoon Salutes The Judge

Oct 05, 2009

BRIGADOON CHAMP was the first leg of a treble for Gold Coast trainer Bruce Hill at the Sunshine Coast yesterday.
A lightly raced four-year-old, Brigadoon Champ started at $4.40 to score a narrow victory in the Maiden Handicap over 1600m.

His winning time was 1-40.15sec. He defeated  Zaman with Saffir Simpson third.

Brigadoon Champ had been unplaced in his four previous starts, This was only his second start for Bruce.

Although the victory was by a short-half-head it was a guide to better things to come.

“It’s only the horse’s second run for me actually. Nice staying horse ... no champion. He’ll win a race or two over ground. He went good the other day in town and he improved a lot going into this. The other day at Doomben he was a little bit one-paced. Today he actually picked up and sprinted to the line which was good.”

“Yeah, it was a good ride. He (jockey Paul Hammersley) is just a quiet achiever who just does the right thing.”  Bruce said

“He was just travelling a bit too good. He sort of got on their heels a bit and I had to wait for a run. Once he got it he sprinted good to the line.” said Hammersley.

Next to greet  the judge was the lightly raced LUCKY DELUCHI ($2.05 fav)  in the Class 1 Handicap over 1000m.
His winning time was a creditable 58.42 sec. The  winning margin was one length.

It was more than creditable when you consider the win followed a ten month layoff . It was only his third race start.
The gelding took the lead shortly into the straight and sustained his effort to win in convincing style.

 "I think he is a city class horse. He had a long time off. He hurt himself while he was out spelling and he had to have a bit longer off than we planned. We were getting him ready and he whacked his leg so we had to wait for the swelling to go down so he had to wait a bit longer. We gave him a trial the other week and I though, ah, I’ll use this as his second trial. He is a good galloper.” Bruce stated.

Jockey Paul Hammersley advised “He trialled very well at the Coast last week. It was a good win here. He’ll probably go on to a Saturday class now.”

The third Hill horse to notch victory on the day was WARRIOR WITHIN ($2.15 fav) in the Class 3 Handicap over 1600m in a of 1-39.12 sec.

The gelding won over 1700m at Ipswich in his previous start.

Stable jockey Paul Hammersley partnered all three Bruce Hill trained winners.

Bruce said that  “I’ve always had a lot of time for him, but I just haven’t been able to get things right. He’s always shown me a lot, but I haven’t been able to get him quite right. We’ve got him right now. The mile wasn’t a problem. He should get further actually.

“He’s racing good. Earlier on ... a few runs ago ... he was wanting to pull and hang and do everything wrong. But his last three runs have been really good.”

Hammersley advised that  “He had a few problems ... not physically, but just with his racing manners early. We are starting to figure those out now and he is settling in his races pretty good. He looks to be a nice horse over a mile.

“Yeah I was still pretty worried when the other one was such a long way in front. I was trapped behind a slow one at the half mile and I was a bit worried, so I got going early. I was lucky the leader stopped quick and I was able to pick it up. Once I got to the furlong I knew I was going to win and the horse kept going to the line pretty well. He might even get over 1800m, you know.”