Warrior a champ within.
Jun 27, 2011
By Brad Davidson, Gold Coast Bulletin.
Gold Coast trainer Bruce Hill has his sights set on the Grafton Cup weth five-year-old Warrior Within following his explosive win in the $28,000 Murwillumbah Cup (2000m) yesterday.
The son of King Cugat broke through for his first victory since claiming the Murwillumbah Cup Prelude last year when coming from just off a hot pace to score by an increasing five lengths.
Hill said Warrior Within had been plagued by bad barrier draws in stronger company this preparation with the local trainer hopeful this would be the change of luck he needed on the way to $150,000 Listed Grafton Cup to July 14.
"He deserved to win and he has been drawing bad alleys week-in week-out," Hill said.
"He ran fifth in the Grafton Cup last year and he is going better this year, so I'm pretty sure we will go there.
"I thought he was going to be hard to beat from where he was because he had been getting too far back in his races.
"I bought him for $60,00o and he has been a nice horse for us."
Gold Coast jockey Paul Hammersley said the result was never in doubt in the concluding stages and backed Hill's call to run the stayer in the Grafton Cup.
"We had a bit of a hairy moment at the half mile but once he got out in the open he let down well," he said.
"I was following Run Of Layla and I thought I had it beat and if anything can run me down form behind they will have to be going really well."
The victory gave Hammersley a rare Murwillumbah Cup-Newmarket double after he combined with Gold Coast trainer Stephen Jones to win the WHK Sky Racing Newmarket (1200m) with Naynay.