Poor draw but stilll a hope for Paul and Bruce

Mar 03, 2011

By Brad Davidson, Gold Coast Bulletin and Jase Hickson, racing and sport.com.

Gold Coast rider Paul Hammersley is looking forward to the biggest race of his career in the Group 1 $750,000 Australian Guineas at Flemington.

It's been almost 10 years since Hammersley won a Group 1 race in the 2002 Queensland Oaks on 50/1 outsider Mon Mekki.

That was for Gerald Ryan and he is hoping Queenslander Startsmeup can do the same in Saturday's feature.

The Bruce Hill-trained gelding was a nose second behind Bullbars in the C.S. Hayes Stakes at his Melbourne debut a fortnight ago and on that form Hammerlsey believes he's in the mix.

"It will probably be the biggest race I've ridden in, I'm excited after Startsmeup's last run and confident as well,' Hammersley said.

"I think he's flown under the radar and apart from Bullbars the next two or three lines of betting we have beaten them all."

Hammersley is confident of turning the tables on Bullbars and believes the likely addition of blinkers will help Startsmeup.  

Unfortunately the Danzero gelding drew barrier 17 in the capacity field when they were released.

"It's harder but not impossible," Hammersley said.

Kiwi filly and favourite We Can Say It Now drew awkwardly in barrier 12 while West Australian Playing God drew perfectly in barrier three.