Startsmeup ready to fire, Warrior worry in 16
Sep 01, 2011
By Chris Scholtz, Racing and Sports.
Astute Gold Coast trainer Bruce Hill is looking forward to a successful 24 hours when he takes on a feature race double at Wyong and Warwick Farm on Friday and Saturday.
Hill will start his Grafton Cup winner Warrior Within in Friday's $120,000 Carlton Mid Wyong Gold Cup and then goes after bigger scalps at Warwick Farm on Saturday when he lines up Startsmeup in the $175,000 Chelmsford Stakes.
Hill is not concerned that he has to give his Epsom Handicap candidate Startsmeup another start at weight-for-age in the Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) after also declaring the four-year-old for the $125,000 Tramway Handicap (1400m) on Saturday's transferred program.
Startsmeup is drawn as the fourth emergency in a field of 20 in the Tramway and while unlikely to secure a start in that race Hill is not keen about that option after drawing barrier 20.
Startsmeup has gate nine in a field of 12 in the Group 2 Chelmsford and Hill should to be too concerned by either the class of the opposition or the transfer of the meeting from Randwick to Warwick Farm after the gelding produced a super run under wfa conditions to finish a close third in the Warwick Stakes (1400m) on August 20.
"It doesn't really matter. I would probably prefer the 1400m if I had a real choice but the Chelmsford isn't as strong as I thought it would be,” Hill said.
"He will run super. I want to see him get the chance on top of the ground in a good race.
“If he steps up to it we will definitely be going towards the Epsom."
Warrior Within has raced once in Brisbane since his upset Grafton Cup win on July 14, finishing second over 2200m at Doomben on August 6.
Hill earmarked the Wyong and Newcastle Cups as the lead up races to take Warrior Within to the Group One Metropolitan at Randwick on October 1 but he will be disappointed to see his stayer drawn badly in the outside gate in a field of 16 on Friday in one of the strongest Wyong Cups for some time.
Queensland stayers are set to play a big hand in the race with Warrior Within joined by the Alan Bailey-trained Frozone and Brian Smith's stablemates Hume and Raeburn against tough Sydney opposition led by Ironstein and Essence Of Success.