Startsmeup on trial for Guineas shot

Feb 19, 2011

By Brad Davidson, Gold Coast Bulletin.

Bruce Hill admits Startsmeup needs to run a bold race in today's Group 3 C S Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in a bid to keep his Australian Guineas dream alive.

Hill said the three-year-old was impressive in trackwork at Mornington on Tuesday and had improved since his last start third behind Somethin Anypin in Sydney.,

"He is taking on the big boys but all his runs have been good against good company in the past and he has drawn a nice alley and hopefully we can have a bit of luck in the run," Hill said.

"You would have to run a good race (in the C S Hayes Stakes) otherwise it is not worth going to the Australian Guineas and I would be disappointed if he didn't finish in the top four or five."

The Danzero three-year-old will need to be at his best in the 15 horse field including Australian Guineas early favourites Enjin Number Nine and Anacheeva.

The Hill-trained Leapfrog will be thrown in the deep end when he clashes with Black Caviar and Hay List in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes.

Hill delivered a straight answer when asked his tip in the much anticipated rematch between the world's best sprinter Black Caviar and Hay List.

"It's a bit hard to go past the mare (Black Caviar)," he said.

"Leapfrog will never beat that pair but hopefully he can run a good race and be somewhere there and get some of the prizemoney."

Hill also has the in-form Brigadoon Jack engaged at Doomben today.

"Brigadoon Jack is going terrific and I'm really happy with the horse."