Super impressive Startsmeup set for the Magic Millions

Dec 19, 2009

By Grant Stockwell, AAP and Daniel Meers, Gold Coast Bulletin. 

Gutsy Gold Coast jockey Paul Hammersley ignored searing pain to partner strapping gelding Startsmeup to a brilliant debut win at Doomben on Saturday (Dec 19).

Startsmeup dumped Hammersley on the way to the barrier at the turn out of the straight and then kicked the hoop in the stomach as he climbed to his feet.

Winning trainer Bruce Hill pleaded with Hammersley to take the ride and he displayed courage to ride through the pain barrier and guide the Danzero two-year-old to a super-impressive victory in Hcp (1110m).

"He ducked out at the mile shute and dumped me," Hammersley said.

"Then he kicked me - it really hurt and the ambulance man asked me if I was right and I forced myself to get back on him."

Hammersley was stood down by the club doctor after the race and transferred to the Royal Brisbane Hospital for X-rays and observation.

Startsmeup ($5) showed brilliant gate speed to lead throughout and raced away from his opposition in the straight to beat Sticksy ($9) by four lengths with Big Ken The Celt ($5.50) a neck back third.

Hill said Startsmeup was ready to run last week but he loyally held the horse up to wait for Hammersley to return from suspension and take the ride.

"Paul had done all the hard work on him and he deserved the ride," Hill said.

"I told him to get up after the horse dumped him and he's got plenty of ticker."

The Danzero gelding raced into contention for the $2 million BMW Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m)  and provided an important update for his half-sister by Hussonet (USA) who is heading to the Gold Coast in January.

Hill said he would wait and see how the youngster pulled up before deciding if he would run the gelding again prior to the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

(Ran 3rd Saturday 26th Dec).

Hill compared Startsmeup with Motown Lady the filly he trained to run third in the MM Classic  last year.

"He is probably going better because he is a hell of a lot stronger than she was and a lot more developed. He is a big horse for his age ," Hill said.

 "There is natural improvement as he is still doing a few things wrong.

"He has always shown us a bit. Each time we've stepped him up to do something he's got a little bit better. He had two trials and a few jump outs. He trialled at the Gold Coast and then went to Doomben where he improved heaps."

Passed in shy of his reserve when offered by Bellerive Stud at the 2009 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Startsmeup (pictured as a yearling) , a Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduate by Danehill's Golden Slipper winning son Danzero, is the second foal of the lightly raced Bluebird mare Bluevien.

A daughter of the international Group winner Genevien, Bluevien is a half sister to the stakes performers Alrigead and Thong and Pushbike.