Devil's Wine wins at Ipswich

Oct 16, 2009

15 October, 2009.

Fresh from a recent Sunshine Coast treble, the Bruce Hill yard is back winning races, this time at Ipswich.

Cranky mare Devil's Wine showed glimpses of true staying ability when winning the Recruit Queensland Maiden (1666m) for Victorian owner Pat Galvin.

In January, Galvin sorted Bruce out knowing the affinity he has with the King Cugat breed.

"She was a handful (I'd like to put it more truthfully but it would be rude) but I knew Bruce would be the man for the job," Galvin said.

"I was in a horse called Phoenix Express with Gerald Ryan when Bruce was his foreman a few years back, I am thrilled with Bruce's efforts.

"Bruce has had great success with Quizzical Lady and Warrior Within both by King Cugat."

For Galvin the win was an added bonus as he owns Devil's Wine's dam Champagne Crazy.

"It's a boost for my broodmare who also has produced Warwick Farm winner Champagne Express," Galvin said.

"She has a yearling by Canny Lad going into the Scone Inglis Sale in May and she has another horse called Threebytwo being trained in Melbourne."

Hill believes Devil's Wine has more wins in store.

"Now she is getting over more ground she will win more races," he said.

Today Devil's Wine settled fourth behind tearaway leader Oaxaca.

Jockey Paul Hammersley bided his time making a move prior to the home turn before hitting the front at the 350m mark.

The once cranky mare fought off her challengers and easily held Run Jake Run to the line.

"Happily I had something on her," Galvin said.