Hill sounds Superstars warning

By Matt Markham Twitter: @MattMarkham07

Brendon Hill is resigned to the fact it’s going to take something special for him to win the Resource Recycling Technologies Superstars Championship with his star pacer Dalton Bromac, but that doesn’t mean he can’t.

One of New Zealand’s real up and coming pacing stars, Dalton Bromac heads into the Group Two event at Addington fresh having not raced since he ran second to Venus Serena in the Cambridge Futurity on Christmas Eve.

The son of Major In Art has had a solid grounding following his three-week spell in the paddock, and has had three workouts to prepare for his resumption.

A quiet run for fourth at the Mt Hutt workouts last weekend was enlisted as the final preparation for a race night return and Hill was rapt with the outcome.

“It was just a blowing out of the cobwebs really,’’ Hill said.

“I chucked the heavy cart on him and let Ricky (driver Ricky May) do the rest and he found the line with a bit of purpose and pulled up great from it too.’’

Saturday’s run followed too strong workout victories at Rangiora including a strong performance two weeks ago.

“Ricky said he was pretty ready after that run.

“We have taken the murphy blind off him this time in and so far it’s been a case of so good.

“We have the option of chucking it back on him if he doesn’t warm up very well without it but he’s be fine in workouts and at home so I don’t think it will be a problem.’’

The problem comes when Hill scrolls through his opposition for the Group Two $44,444 event.

He’s got race hardened horses who are dropping back from some hefty races including the Auckland Cup and the Chariots Of Fire – so the mountain is a tall one fresh up.

“It’s not going to be easy and if I’m being honest I can see it being really hard for him to win.

“I’ll be suggesting to Ricky that we just drop back and have one go at them, it’s not about winning them in a row with him anymore, we have some races set as targets for him and while winning this would be nice as long as he is doing his work strongly at the finish I will be happy.

“It’s a nice race for us to start off in.’’

While his confidence wanes with Dalton Bromac, Hill is very optimistic about his two other chances on the opening night of the Addington Carnival.

Nevertheless and Roo Star were both very good performers at Mt Hutt also last week and Hill is expecting both to put their best foot forward.

“I have three really nice horses to race on a premier night, it’s good.

“And if things happen to go our way we could have a good night.’’

Hill’s current tally of 15 winners for the season has him one win shy of his previous two seasons totals and he’s just 11 wins short of his best ever season record of 26 wins – a figure which looks well achievable considering the strength of his current racing team.