Warrior Within tipped to triumph
GOLD Coast trainer Bruce Hill believes last year's Grafton Cup winner Warrior Within can complete the double this time around.
The six-year-old gelding was one of 25 noms received for the $150,000 Maclean Bowling Club Grafton Cup (2350m) next Thursday.
"I couldn't be happier with the way he's going," Hill said.
"His runs in Brisbane have been very good. His only moderate efforts came when the tracks were too heavy.
"I reckon he's going as well if not better than last year.
"I've got him ticking over where I want him."
Warrior Within has solid form up north finishing third to Shenzou Steeds in the Ipswich Cup (2150m) and third to Ginga Dude in the Tattersall's Cup (2200m).
Shenzou Steeds came out and won the Caloundra Cup impressively, a race Hill scratched Warrior Within.
"I didn't want him to rip his guts out on the very heavy track," Hill said.
Warrior Within trialled impressively at the Gold Coast this week.
The Mike Moroney-trained Shenzou Steeds didn't nominate, instead heading for the paddock.
The cup noms lack a classy stayer but it is sure to be a highly competitive event.
Twenty nine horses were nominated for Wednesday's $150,000 WHK Ramornie (1200m).
As expected Peter Snowden entered Parthian and Skytrain, with Persian Storm (Pat and Wayne Webster), the Angela Davies Magic Cassius, a Corey Brown mount, See The World (Joseph Pride) Youthful Jack, last yeasr's placegetter's Falco Star and Motspur and the Con Karakatsanis pair, Howmuchdoyouloveme and De Lago Star and dual winner The Jackal heading entries.
Weights are released Friday morning.