Startsmeup - a classy win with more to come

Aug 29, 2010

By Glen Davis, aap.

Gold Coast trainer Bruce Hill tipped better days were ahead for talented three-year-old Startsmeup following his commanding win.

Startsmeup, having his first start since mid-July, never looked in doubt and held off the fast-finishing Smart to score by half a length in Saturday's Aspley Publovers Handicap.

Jockey Paul Hammersley admitted he was concerned before the race as to how the gelding would cope over 1350-metres first-up but in the end he had no need to be worried.

Startsmeup's victory was his first "official" win in eight starts after he was disqualified after being first past the post on debut at Doomben in December last year.

Hill believes Startsmeup has been unlucky not to break his maiden status well before now and will sit down in the next couple of days to decide the gelding's future.

"I gave him two weeks off after he ran second at Eagle Farm last start and when he came back I gave him a lot of swimming and walking," Hill said.

"I'll sit down in a few days and decide whether he'll have another run or go for a break to prepare for the Magic Millions."

Startsmeup, a son of Danzero, will be aimed at the Magic Millions Trophy (1400m) on his home track in January after Hill decided to bypass the big spring meetings in Sydney and Melbourne.

"He's been a bit stiff in a few of his races when he ran into some wet tracks," Hill said.

"I've never really thought about taking him away because of the wet tracks they've had in the south.

"I reckon he's got a good future and should run 1600 metres."