Countess To Kick Off At The Valley

Nov 11, 2010

Trainer Colin Little is expecting lightly raced three-year-old filly Countess Delago to be hard to beat in Friday night's $30,000 K Line Australia Handicap (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

Little believed the daughter of Encosta De Lago would be up to metropolitan company following her maiden victory at Geelong but unsuitable races and the onset of Spring resigned the filly to the spelling paddock.

"We gave her the two runs last time in, she was a bit green at her first start at Caulfield but she sat back off them second up at Geelong and quickened well to break through," said Little.

"I just couldn't find another race for her after the win, even though we were happy to take her to town.

We decided to give her a break through the Spring with the belief she will be very competitive between now and the new year."

The Moonee Valley sprint trip will suit Countess Delago according to Little who is expecting the fast tempo to aid his filly although he admits the 0-68 rated event has attracted a strong field.

"Moonee Valley is a tough 1000m and there should be a fair bit of pace on," said Little.

"That said the race looks strong with most of the field having won their last starts.

"She is working well enough to win though," Little added.

Little will look to stretch Countess Delago out over more ground this time in believing the filly could step up to a mile, like her mother.

"I believe she will be competitive up to 1400m maybe a mile, and if she learns to settle maybe more," said Little.

"I have spoken to people who watched her mum (In The Mist) and they tell me she was handy over a mile."

Countess Delago has started the two times for almost $11,000 in prize-money.