Warrior's warm up win

Mar 06, 2010

By Daniel Meers,Gold Coast Bulletin.

Persistence and good horsemanship looks set to pay off for astute trainer Bruce Hill after promising stayer Warrior Within shocked many with a slashing first-up win at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Hill opted to start the gelding in a 900m class 6 rather than a barrier trial and collected an unexpected $7800 for connections.

The Gold Coast horseman admitted he thought the race would be more of a trial, but was thrilled the son of King Cugat got the job done.

"He's starting to get it together, he's had a lot of bad habits and was doing things wrong," said Hill.

"We were really only using it as a bit of a trial."

Hill predicted the horse would flourish over longer distances.

"He won over a mile and he might get 2000m, he's got a bit of ability," said Hill.

Adding to the win was where the horse made his winning run.

Warrior Within, with Terry Treichel aboard, stuck to a course close to the fence when most thought the outside was the better going.

"It was good for the owners who have been good and supportive all the way," added Hill.

Bruce Hill's recent winners

05/10/2009
Sunshine Coast
Brigadoon Champ
1 of 12

05/10/2009
Sunshine Coast
Lucky Deluchi
1 of 11

05/10/2009
Sunshine Coast
Warrior Within
1 of 14

15/10/2009
Ipswich
Devil's Wine
1 of 9

25/10/2009
Sunshine Coast
Magic Symphony
1 of 12

29/10/2009
Ipswich
Brigadoon Star
1 of 12
 

03/11/2009
Eagle Farm
Brigadoon Jack
1 of 10

19/12/2009Doomben
Startsmeup
1 of 12

13/1/2009
Doomben
Winwin Situation
1 of 11

23/1/2009
Gold Coast
Spinelli
1 of 9

6/2/2009
Gold Coast
Spinelli
1 of 8

13/2/2009
Gold Coast
Maraetai
1 of 13

13/2/2009
Gold Coast
Go Chloe
1 of 9

6/3/2009
Gold Coast
Warrior Within
1 of 9