Warrior primed to take on the best
EVER since he ran second to future champion Pierro at his first start in 2011, Hidden Warrior has always raced against top-line horses and tomorrow it will be no different when he contests the Listed $150,000 Tatter- salls Club Carrington Stakes (1400m) at Randwick.
A Group 3 winner at three, the six-year-old has raced in Listed grade and above in 18 of his 30 starts, but hasn't won since taking out the Spring Flying in November 2013.
But he's always been competitive and trainer Gordon Yorke, who has had him for his past 11 starts, said Hidden Warrior was ready to win again despite a disrupted start to his campaign where wet weather cancelled his only barrier trial.
"I had to throw him in the deep end this preparation and he's always been behind the eight-ball and I've had to hold him back, but now he's ready for 1400 metres," Yorke said. "He's been racing against top-level horses his entire career.
"He's flying at the moment and if there's one big race left in him this preparation, this is the one."
Yorke said it took a while to get the son of Hidden Dragon to fully settle when he arrived at his stables.
But, like many horses these days, the Gosford trainer feels Hidden Dragon's best years could be ahead of him even though he's six, and he'll give new jockey Tim Clark an easy ride.
Despite not having the best record at Randwick he has run behind Pierro, Sessions, Arinosa, Avoid Lightning and Our Boy Malachi and will have it a lot easier tomorrow.
"I had to re-wire the horse," Yorke said. "I've got a really good guide on him now and this is his best chance to win a black-type race since I've had him and he's ready."