Trainer Bruce Hill is questioning the handicap system after Warrior Within was allocated top weight at Doomben tomorrow.
The Grafton Cup winner will carry 58 kilograms in tomorrow’s Liftronic – Elevators & Escalators Handicap.
“He got the same weight in a benchmark 85 in Sydney last week which was a bit harsh so I waited for this race which is an open handicap and he gets the same weight again,” Hill said.
“I can’t understand it when he has a rating of 87 in Sydney and a rating of 93 in Queensland.
“I can’t see how the ratings are different and he gets the same weight.”
This will Warrior Within’s last race in Queensland before he heads south for the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
Warrior Within is 11 runs into his current preparation, however, Hill is not planning to spell him anytime soon.
“He’s not a hard horse to train but he’s very tough and it takes him about 10 runs to get fit,” Hill said.
“It’s just a matter of keeping him going once he’s fit and he’s done well since winning the Grafton Cup.
“He’s a big doer and at one stage of this preparation we were working him twice a morning to get the condition off him.”
The trainer is confident that Warrior Within will win tomorrow’s race, despite carrying the top weight.
“It’s only a field of eight and he’ll probably get back as usual but he won’t be that far away,” Hill said.
“I’m not sure how much speed is in the race but I hope there’s a few there that can lead.”
Warrior Within has won nine of his 45 career starts and has accrued just over $200,000 in prize money.