IT’S fair to say that Brett Bravo has become sick of the sight of Up Hill Jill in recent weeks.
Bravo’s star bitch Striker Light has finished second to her arch rival three times in a row, being run down in semi-final and final of the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg and then in a free-for-all at The Meadows last Saturday night.
“It was a bit easier to swallow last night,” Bravo quipped after Up Hill Jill backed up her memorable Golden Easter Egg triumph with a 29.91 success at The Meadows.
“Striker Light tore a hip support at Christmas time and maybe she’s lost a little bit at the end.
“She definitely hasn’t lost any speed; her sections last night were enormous.
“I took Hone In up to Maitland last week so I wasn’t able to trial Striker Light at Cannington. You can’t be everywhere but wherever she’s gone she’s performed first-up and she can’t win unless she leads.”
Striker Light won’t clash with Up Hill Jill in Saturday’s night’s Perth Cup heats, but it’s likely to be only a one-week respite with both installed as odds-on favourites with bet365 in their respective qualifiers.
While Bravo has his sights set on an interstate Group double in the Perth Cup and Thursday’s Maitland Cup, he says he’s just as excited about the upcoming opportunity to sleep in his own bed after campaigning in NSW and Western Australia with Striker Light and Hone In over the last two months.