Little Just A Little Smugg With Maiden Win

Jan 11, 2010

The Colin Little trained 'A Little Smugg' has broken its maiden status with a barnstorming finish to win the Brother O'Malley Reunion Maiden (1400m) at Pakenham on Saturday.

A Little Smugg ($7.50) started slowly but settled well and with a strong pace up front was able to work into the race prior to turning for home and show a good turn of foot to out sprint the other backmarkers and win by a head from Kasane ($13) with Brown Alley ($7) a further length away.

The win came from just seven starts and despite A Little Smugg showing potential it was a change of tactics which appear to have done the trick according to Little.

"She ran some lovely on pace races early on," said Little.

"But we decided that if taught to settle she could get more ground and be more likely to reach her potential, and today it paid off."

This was emphasised by the way in which the mare hit the line when barely looking a winning chance turning for home.

"It's fair to say that she relished being ridden back by the way she found the line," said Little.

"To be honest though the real goal was to stretch her out over more ground and she will have to settle to do that."

A four-year-old bay mare by Tradionally, A Little Smugg is raced by the Dodmark Thoroughbred Syndicate and looks poised to build on her earnings this preparation.

"We will look for a similar race and to get her out over more groung later this preparation," Little added.

"I think she could be capable of improving to a better class, especially if she enjoys the rise in distance."