Startsmeup is spot on target for Australian Guineas

Feb 22, 2011


By Brad Davidson, Gold Coast Bulletin

Trainer Bruce Hill expects Startsmeup to be "spot on" for the Australian Guineas after he burst into calculations for the three-year-old feature with a slashing effort in the C S Hayes Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
Rated a $38 chance on Tattsbet, the son of Danzero almost caused a boilover in the Group 3 feature when he hit the lead at the 100m mark before being gunned down by the fast-finishing Bullbars in the shadows of the post.
Hill believes the step up to the mile in the Guineas will suit Startsmeup, who firmed in from $81 to $18 with TAB Sportsbet for the March 5 feature.
"It's a little bit further which I think will help him a bit more," Hill said.
"The Australian Guineas was planned to be the grand final and now with two runs he should be pretty spot on.
"I thought he had them (at the 100m mark). To his credit he went really well, especially going this way for the first time.
"I've always had a big opinion of him and he has been a little bit unlucky a couple of times.
"He has just been knocked off in big races but his turn will come."
Startsmeup is likely to have a light week on the track before ramping up preparations for the Australian Guineas.
While stablemate Leapfrog was no match for mighty mare Black Caviar in the Lightning Stakes, Hill capped off a stellar day when Brigadoon Jack made it three consecutive victories at Doomben on Saturday.
The four-year-old Falvelon gelding pounced on Martha's Vineyard early in the straight before holding off a late charge from favourite Bullet Proof to score by three quarters of a length.
Brigadoon Jack is likely to be nominated for a Class 6 colts and geldings race at Eagle Farm on Saturday.