Little Smugg With Winning Double
Feb 15, 2010
Caulfield trainer Colin Little bought up the second leg of a winning double on with A Little Smugg taking out the Gerard Collins Real Estate 0-62 (1750m) at Pakenham on Friday.
A Little Smugg ($7) settled back for jockey Danny Brereton early in the affair with a steady tempo being set up front and he did well to find a gap when trapped behind a wall of horses at the 600m mark but when clear looked the winner, going on to score by a half head over the fast finishing Royal Mail ($3.90) with daylight to Madsasinga ($4.80) four lengths away third.
The win was the second from her last three starts for the four-year-old mare, a turnaround in Little puts down to a change of tactics.
"I was impressed by her pace early on, but she is relishing getting back in the field now," said Little.
"She is able to show the same turn of foot that allowed her to sit on the pace at the end of her races."
Unlucky at her last outing when striking interference as she was really winding up, Little is confident she still has improvement this time in.
"This was her first run beyond a mile and she was left alone in front a fair way out which probably didn't help," he said.
"So I am happy with her progress thus far this preparation as we have successfully stepped her out over further."
The change of tactics and training of the mare are tribute to the astute judgement of Little and although the connections have already tasted some rewards the best is surely to come in subsequent preparations as A little Smugg gains experience over the longer trips.
"I think she could be capable of improving to a better class," Little added.