Sign Of Things To Come For Poco Gusto

Dec 14, 2009

Poco Gusto has returned in style for trainer Colin Little scoring a first up win in the $15,000 Dux Hot Water Handicap (1400m) at Ballarat on Wednesday.

Jockey Danny Brereton immediately settled Poco Gusto ($2.70) at the tail of the field and was the beneficiary of a solid tempo throughout.

Poco Gusto worked into the race stylishly but was denied a clear run on a number of occasions in the straight eventually spearing through a narrow gap to win by over a length to Kylemore Castle with Zellemsee a further half length away third.

Little has always had an opinion of the mare and contested the Group 1 Crown Oaks with her as a three-year-old where she was by no means disgraced by Samantha Miss finishing only 9.5 lengths away.

Returning during the winter months but not appreciating the give in the ground Poco Gusto was never far away at city level and sent to the paddock with the summer months in mind.

The first up win over 1400m, and the manner in which she did so, is a strong indication that the four-year-old mare by Hussonet is in for a lucrative summer as Little pushes her out over more ground.

Having now won the two times from just eleven starts Poco Gusto's prizemoney is already in excess of $23,000.

The win also continued the rich vein of form for comeback jockey Danny Brereton who is returning from a serious injury.