Square Up caps Gold Coast double with brilliant win
Oct 06, 2012
Talented four-year-old Square Up added a new string to his bow when his emphatic win over an unsuitable sprint trip completed a double for local trainer Bruce Hill at the Gold Coast.
Square Up’s previous two victories had come at distances of 1666 and 1800 metres but his win over 1200 metres in the GCWeb.com.au Class 3 Handicap was a sign of how well the son of Get Square had returned from a 31-week break.
The four-year-old trialled twice before his first-up run, leaving the gelding ready to show something fresh. Square Up jumped smartly to sit handier to the pace than usual, travelling comfortably for apprentice Rikki Jamieson before assuming control of the race early in the straight.
Square Up strolled away under his own steam to record an easy three-length win.
“He made good ground in a recent barrier trial here at the Gold Coast and we were looking for a good showing from him today, but he’s done even better than we thought,’’ part-owner Andrew Ramsay said.
“He’s beaten them quite easily and is obviously going to get better as his races get longer.
“If he keeps progressing we’d be hoping to run him in the Magic Millions Stayers Cup here over 1800m in January.’’
Earlier, Bridies Boy broke through for an overdue win in the Guardian Angels Primary School Maiden Plate (1400m) after a solid run of minor placings at his first three runs this time in.
The son of Benicio turned in solid performances at Ipswich before his deserved success, which came after Bridies Boy settled handy to the pace before prevailing in a duel with the runner-up in the straight.
Bridies Boy posted his maiden success at his 16th start but only his fourth run for Bruce Hill Racing.
Congratulations to Bridie Boy’s owners - Michael & Sue McMahon.
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