Leapy earns a Melbourne trip

Jan 23, 2011

By AAP

Gold Coast sprinter Leapfrog booked a trip to Melbourne with stablemate Startsmeup with a commanding win at Eagle Farm.

Ridden off the pace by apprentice Luke Rolls, Leapfrog broke a run of outs with a 1-1/4 len win over Perugin Thought in Saturday's Mimiki Foundation Handicap (1000m).

Trainer Bruce Hill credited different riding tactics as the key for the five-year-old to record his fifth win in 30 starts.

"Normally he likes to lead but we decided to ride him quiet and it worked," Hill said.

"He was pretty strong at the finish."

Hill is sending Startsmeup to Melbourne for the Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington in March and is considering sending Leapfrog with him as a travelling companion.

"I might send him to Melbourne after this win," Hill said.

"There's nothing fancy we're looking at down there but he probably deserves his chance.

"I'm thinking of sending a couple of younger ones down as well."

Startsmeup confirmed a Melbourne trip following his second to Torio's Quest in last week's Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast.

"Startsmeup will probably have one more run here in Brisbane before he goes away," Hill said.

"Then he'll have one run in Melbourne, two weeks before the Guineas."

Hill praised Rolls for his polished display on Leapfrog who took his prizemoney earnings past $220,000.

"For some reason, Leapfrog always seems to go best for Luke," Hill said.

Leapfrog was having his ninth start this campaign but his only previous win this preparation was at Caloundra in September.

Hill has used a number of different riders throughout the gelding's campaign before Rolls took over at his previous start when runner-up to Paprika in the Bat Out Of Hell (900m) at the Gold Coast on New Year's Day.

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