Warringah or Sermon?

Nov 12, 2010

By Chris Bassani, Gold Coast Bulletn
BRUCE Hill may be in for a spate of tough southern stayers arriving on his doorstep if Sermon or Warringah win the McPherson Hire Cab (2400m) at Eagle Farm tomorrow.
Both were floated to Hill in recent times after a run of outs which extended to over a year.
Warringah, on loan to Hill from the Chris Waller yard, was sent up to ``get his confidence back''.
He did that last start when he raced on a desired dry track and brought up his first win since June 2009 at Windsor in England.
The six-year-old won at Eagle Farm (2400m) on Cup day a year after finishing last in the Melbourne Cup, the mission for which he was brought to Australia.
Sermon won the Cranbourne Cup (2400m) ntsG, October 2009)nte for Robbie Laing in October last year but has struggled since.
He is yet to win for Hill in four starts but goes to the 2400m tomorrow for the first time since his Cranbourne Cup win.
``Both horses have appreciated the warmer weather and worked well for the last six weeks,'' Hill said.
``Sermon is going from 1500m to 2400m which I am not too perturbed about as he has been training for a staying distance since he came up in September.
``He was entered for an 1800m race last time but the meet was washed out.
``He hasn't won on a dry track before but having said that, he has generally raced in better company.
``Warringah really hit the line well the other day and has come on since.
``I find it hard to separate them in work with one a tough stayer (Warringah) and the other has a little bit of class with it.''
Hill says the Robert Heathcote-trained Eureka is the toughest to beat.
``Eureka is promising having won his past three starts and has a good turn of foot,'' Hill said.
``I think he may have an advantage on Yield Curve but you can never leave that old bugger out.
``I really find it hard to separate my two, perhaps Warringah if the track is dry.''