By Glenn Davis
Toowoomba trainer Lindsay Hatch has won his battle with cancer and hopes to celebrate with his second Warwick Cup win on Saturday.
Hatch underwent bowel cancer surgery at the start of the year and was given the all clear by his doctors this week.
He hopes to celebrate the good news with Rhyme Nor Rhythm in the Warwick Cup.
Rhyme Nor Rhythm will be ridden by former Toowoomba jockey Josh Oliver in the 1500-metre feature with the former top apprentice making a cameo appearance after relocating to Tamworth in NSW.
Hatch has given punters a strong pointer to the five-year-old’s chances at Warwick.
“I’ve finished all my chemotherapy and the doctors have finally given me the all clear from the bowel cancer,” Hatch said.
“I’ve only got the one in at Warwick so I’m going to take the quick drive down the hill and relax and enjoy the day.”
Hatch believes the Warwick track will suit Rhyme Nor Rhythm who finished third to Always Sacred over 1200 metres at the Gold Coast on September 16.
“This horse has got ability but it’s probably an ask going from 1200 metres to 1500 metres,” Hatch said.
“But I was going to take him to Caloundra and run over 1400 metres so the extra 100 metres at Warwick shouldn’t pose that much of a problem.
“I’m putting a nose roll on him for the first time as he gets his head up high.
“I think he’s well weighted and well placed so he should be hard to beat.”
Hatch believes the 1500-metre start at Warwick give every runner a chance and isn’t too concerned with the gelding’s wide draw in 11.
“The alleys don’t matter that much from the 1500 start at Warwick as they have a good 600-metre straight run then a big sweep to the home turn,” he said.
“Every runner gets a fair chance from that start.”
Hatch won the 2008 Warwick Cup with Jackson Hill who was ridden by his star apprentice at the time, Brett Evans.
The Warwick Cup meeting has attracted strong fields in all eight races and a bumper crowd is expected to attend.
Racing Queensland webnews October 12