Lonhreign Wins For Little On Debut

Jul 16, 2010

The Colin Little trained Lonhreign kicked his career off in style winning the $13,000 Bay Building Services 2YO Maiden Plate (1000m) at Geelong.

Lonhreign ($8,$10) jumped from barrier three and apprentice Jason Maskiell made full use of the draw giving the first starter a rails run throughout.

After balancing up Maskiell peeled Lonhreign off the heels of the leaders and the two-year-old found the line strongly, running away to score by half a length over Bell Trees ($3,$1.90) with a head further back to Decided ($4.40,$15).

It was a clinical debut for the son of Lonhro but Little admitted after the win he hadn't expected to greet the judge first up.

"He has always shown a fair bit of potential on the training track but I thought he might find the 1000m a bit short today," said Little.

"But he was given a great run in transit by Jason and it probably made the difference on the line."

Little is now considering stepping the 'unbeaten' gelding up to city class racing highlighting a lack of options for two-year-old's with a win beside their name.

"There are maidens or city races for the two-year-olds, that's about it," said Little.

"So we will head to Moonee Valley on the 24th July in a 1200m handicap and I'm sure he will improve with the extra distance and run under his belt."

Little also observed the run of stablemate Holder ($61), who finished four lengths behind Lonhreign but was inconvenienced with a poor barrier draw.

"There isn't much between the pair on the training track and I wouldn't have been surprised if the results were reversed had the barrier draw been different," Little added.