Warrior Within in Ipswich Cup

Jun 18, 2010

By Chris Bassani, Gold Coast Bulletin

Warrior Within is one of those horses all trainers like in their yard.
He has won at every preparation, on wet and dry tracks, from 900m to 1800m and eats every oat in the bin.
Gold Coast trainer Bruce Hill has admiration for the four-year-old who has now won seven races, mainly through the classes.
"He is a tough horse who always gives his best," said Hill.
Tomorrow the brown gelding gets a chance at a bigger purse when he tackles the $200,000 Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m).
"He is a dual Ipswich winner and deserves a chance," said Hill.
"He races well regardless of track conditions but I would prefer wet ground as it eliminates others.
"I raced him over 2200m at the Gold Coast three starts back and he stuck on well in the straight.
"I brought him back in distance to give him a better foundation for the Ipswich Cup distance.
"Looking at the form guide he has to find a length or two to beat Teary Eyed and Our Lukas but I think he can."
Hill, 55, a former Kiwi, has spent a lifetime with racehorses and is no stranger of rich staying race victories.
His late father Frank trained at Hamilton in the 1960s and it was natural for Hill to follow.
``I first took out a licence in New Zealand and trained Our Shah to Group success in the late 1970s,'' said Hill.
"Dad moved to Victoria about that time and I decided to follow.
Hill became head foreman to the late Geoff Murphy.
In 1982, he brought Murphy's star Grosvenor and that year's subsequent Caulfield and Melbourne Cup winner Gurner's Lane to Queensland.
``I loved the place and promised myself to one day come back,'' said Hill.
"In 1987, Hill left Murphy to train for a second time.
One horse, named Cindy Legend, set Hill up for the next eight years.
``He won an open two-year-old trial easily when names of horses in those trials weren't necessary,'' said Hill.
``We backed him from 66-1 to 30-1 at Caulfield in his first race start and owner Jack Mitchell won over $500,000 - I bought a property at Mornington and had a host of winners.
``Cindy Legend won 12 races, the last one was at Flemington and bookies took three months to pay old Jack out.
``Jack died in 1995. I sold up and came to Queensland.''
Hill was foreman again, this time for both Greg Mance and then Gerald Ryan who both trained out of Ascot Lodge.
When Ryan moved to Sydney in 2007 Hill took out a licence for the third time and rented Ascot Lodge from Les who is part owner of Warrior Within.
"I would be delighted to win it for Les as he has been loyal and always a great help to my yard," said Hill.
Hill's bests winners at his third training stint include black-type winners Calchris, Quizzical Lady, Motown Lady and Hey Elvis.

 

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

19/12/2009

Doomben
Startsmeup
1 of 12

13/1/2010
Doomben
Winwin Situation
1 of 11

23/1/2010
Gold Coast
Spinelli
1 of 9

6/2/2010
Gold Coast
Spinelli
1 of 8

13/2/2010
Gold Coast
Maraetai
1 of 13

13/2/2010

Gold Coast
Go Chloe
1 of 9

6/3/2010
Gold Coast
Warrior Within
1 of 9

12/3/2010
Eagle Farm
Magic Symphony
1 of 11

14/3/2010
Sunshine Coast
Mountain Of Dreams
1 of 13

24/3/2010
Eagle Farm
Cosmo Gal
1 of 15

9/5/2010
Murwillumbah
Vodissa
1 of 10

26/5/2010
Ipswich
Lucky Deluchi
1 of 11

6/6/2010
Murwillumbah
Warrior Within
1 of 12

16/6/2010
Gold Coast
Chin Rub
1 of 13

16/6/2010
Gold Coast
Flying Shadow