Startsmeup a major local hope for Magic Millions

Jan 03, 2010

By Gary Legg, Sunday Mail.

TRAINER Bruce Hill is hoping to end a Magic Millions Classic home track hoodoo on Saturday.

Inaugural winner Snippets is the only Gold Coast-trained horse to win the coveted two-year-old sprint.

The 1987 winner was prepared by Sally Rogers, and was the only horse she had in training.

Hill with Startsmeup holds a strong hands in the $1.64 million race.

Startsmeup had to settle for third behind Military Rose at Doomben, on boxing day but was far from disgraced.

A natural speedster, he had to work outside the leader and battled strongly to the line when he was entitled to wilt.

Hill said the Danzero gelding, who won brilliantly on debut, would take a lot of improvement from his second start.

"He's pulled up really well, better than after his first start," Hill said. "That run will top him off nicely. It was a terrific run and the experience will do him good.

"He really fought on, but that's the horse. He's the same in everything you do with him, he has a fair dinkum go."

Hill saddled two runners last year and was in the prizemoney with Motown Lady, who was third behind Phelan Ready.

"This bloke is a lot better horse than her, a lot stronger and tougher," he said.

"He has really good gate speed, Paul (Hammersley) can put him where he likes and he doesn't reef and tear.

"A good alley would be nice, but the thing I want is a dry track."

The Million's race day again will attract high-class gallopers, with 10 races programmed and $4.6 million in total prizemoney.

The Magic Millions Trophy boasts a $570,000 winner's purse.