Startsmeup - aiming at Group 1s..

Jul 30, 2011


Glenn Davis , AAP

Bruce Hill is still hoping Startsmeup could be the horse to give the Gold Coast trainer his first Group One winner following his explosive win at Doomben on Saturday.

Ridden by Melbourne apprentice Jarrod Fry, who is on a three-month stint in Queensland, Startsmeup pounced on the leaders halfway down the straight to down Tierqualo by 1-1/4 lengths in the Ownit Homes Handicap (1350m).

Kryptelon filled the minor placing only a half-head away.

Hill, who won this month's Listed Grafton Cup with Warrior Within, is hopeful Startsmeup can measure up to Group One company in Melbourne during the spring.

But first he plans to test the waters with the son of Danzero in Sydney for a short campaign and would not rule out the Group One Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick in October.

"I'm going to sit down and work out a plan of attack," Hill said.

"I don't want to kill him too soon in his campaign but I'll probably give him his next run over 1400 metres in Sydney and then another one over 1600 metres.

"After that he'll go on to Melbourne for some of the better races over 1600 metres like the (Group One) Toorak Handicap."

Hill has always had a big opinion of Startsmeup who was sent to Melbourne in the autumn but could manage only 10th to Shamrocker in the Group One Australian Guineas at Flemington.

"He's going terrific this campaign," Hill said.

"I thought he ran a great race when he ran second first-up at Doomben last start when he was only half-ready.

"This horse had never had a decent spell until I took him away last spring when I left him down there with a mate of mine for a seven-week spell."