Trainer Bruce Hill is eager to run his impressive three-year-old Startsmeup in the upcoming Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Startsmeup will begin his latest campaign when he takes to the track for the Jim Beam Handicap at Doomben this Saturday.
The three-year-old finished tenth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington in March but after a nice spell his trainer is confident that he is ready to tackle some of the Spring’s toughest races.
Hill is hoping he can produce performances like the one he gave in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes this past autumn when beaten narrowly by Bullbars.
“His run in the Hayes Stakes never surprised me,” Hill said.
“He was going really good at the time after I took him to Sydney first to break up the long trip from the Gold Coast.
“He had a run at Rosehill and ran third but it was very hot at the time with the temperatures over 40 degrees every day leading up to the Rosehill race and when he got to Melbourne it was a lot cooler.
“Unfortunately, a wide alley killed his chances in the Australian Guineas and he was caught wide all the way.”
The trainer is not expecting too much from Startsmeup in his first-up run this weekend.
“He’s never won first-up and this is only 1110 metres so he might find it a bit short,” Hill said.
“He won his first trial narrowly at the Gold Coast and he easily won another trial at Deagon on Tuesday.
“He’s been in work a fair while and I’ll probably give him another run after this before taking him back to Sydney.
“I haven’t had a good look at the program for him yet but I want to break up the trip to Melbourne again and will give him a run or two in Sydney along the way.”
Hill has listed the group 1 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse in October as one of Startsmeup’s likely targets.
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