Forty Two Below Shows Class At The Creek

Dec 09, 2009

Colin LittleForty Two Below won the Diesel Richards Crew Class 1 (1100m) at Stony Creek on Saturday in city class style.

Jumping away slowly, Danny Brereton was able to get Forty Two Below ($1.90fav) to relax at the rear of the field, making gradual ground throughout and sprinting impressively at the 400m mark to go on and score a soft length win over Tremolo ($13) with Stately Spirit ($6) a further length away third.

Trainer Colin Little was thrilled with the win, but more impressed by the way his horse was able to relax.

"He led all the way at his first start and raced fiercely again second up," said Little.

"We have done a lot of work to encourage him to relax and today's result is just reward for that."

A series of trials at which Forty Two Below was ridden 'cold' were among tactics employed by Little to remedy the excitable youngster.

"Full on, was probably the best way to describe him, he only had one gear and although it was fast he needed to learn to relax to take the next step," said Little.

Danny Brereton"We trialled him a few times and the rider was instructed to not even breath on him," he joked.

"He got trapped behind some horses on Saturday which was a blessing and no doubt a good learning experience," Little went on to say.

Carrying 59 kilograms and giving the leaders a big start turning for home, Forty Two Below won like a city class sprinter and Little is keen to test the water.

"There is a restricted race on the 16th of December at Caulfield which is an option for him."

"I was very happy with the Stony Creek win but the city class of racing will be much tougher," he added.

The win was the second from just the three starts for the four-year-old gelding by Bel Esprit and took his prizemoney to just under that of his $17,000 purchase price.

Pictures - Quentin Lang