Warrior Within big chance for win
WARRIOR Within (3.90, 170) will enter the Murwillumbah Cup a firm favourite after an inspiring run in yesterday’s Prelude event (race seven) at the Tweed River Jockey Club.
Heavily supported on track, Warrior Within didn’t disappoint, battling hard down the straight and seeing off a late challenge from Mr Gold Fire to take the win.
Red Amigo jumped best ahead of Briefing but it was Virtual who led them round the first bend with Under Construction for company.
Briefing took over down the back straight and the pace lifted. But as they approached the final turn, Warrior Within made his move.
The lightning bolt moved out and despite being the widest runner, gobbled up the leaders with every stride.
By the time he entered the final straight, Warrior Within was out in front with Mr Gold Fire hot on his heels.
The pair went stride for stride down the home straight but there was no catching Warrior Within who flew past the post to win by a half-length. Outsider Yummy ran home third.
Having won it the hard way, Warrior Within will no doubt enter the gates on Murwillumbah Cup day on June 27 heavily backed again.
Another anticipated ride come Cup day will be that of Prince Lionheart (3.70, 2.40) who won the Newmarket Prelude (race six) in convincing style from Innocenzio and Jagoe Road.
Ridden perfectly by Chris Whitely, Storm Fabulador (4.20, 1.90) got the day off to a flying start, winning the first from Mrs Macular and Son Of Vow, with Show Priority (4.20, 1.80) winning the second from Nediym Thunder and Brascan.
Whitely won his second in the fourth when Diva Dance (4.70, 1.70) beat home De Niece and Archway Rising, before Borsha’s Warrior (3.40, 1.60), Rose General and Mistress Lucy.
The fifth went the way of Tycoon Ken (6.60, 2.40) who raced home ahead of Miliardo and Dowden while in the last it was Bay City Kitty (7.30, 2.50) who claimed top honours from Wynnum and Shotime.
As always, an enthusiastic crowd was on hand to witness the superb action at one of country racing’s finest venues.