Beauty Point trainer-driver Rohan Hillier brought up his 500th career win in the sulky at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. The milestone was achieved in the second race aboard the Bradley Walters trained Animi Sub Ignis.
Hillier settled the gelded son of Courage Under Fire at the tail of the field from the outside of the second line barrier draw. Hillier started a three-wide run at the bell and was able to gain a trail on the back of Never Unachievable but with a number of the runners deciding not to go the pegs Animi Sub Ignis was so far back in the 12-horse field, he ended up having to come around the field five wide. It took Hillier every centimetre of the home straight to get Animi Sub Ignis nose in front to win the race officially by a short half head.
Hillier drove his first winner at Launceston on November 7 1989 on Buck Rabbit who was trained by his father Brian.
The Beauty Point horseman went out full time training in 2009, and won the state trainer’s premiership in the 2014/2015 season.
Some of his career highlights include training Shez Ryleymak to win the Group 1 two-year-old fillies Vicbred Final at Moonee Valley in 2008. He has also had the thrill of driving a Group 1 winner aboard Barynya in the 2014 Victoria Oaks.
Hillier’s daughter Makenna, 14, was successful in the Bob Cunningham Easter Cup Pony Trot, she looks destined for a career in the industry and is set to gain her trial licence later this year, ensuring the Hillier name will continue in the industry for another generation.
Rohan Hillier speaking about the win of Animi Sub Ignis:
Makenna Hillier after winning the Easter Cup Pony Trot