Sweet Talking Guy Makes It A Let's Elope Double

Nov 15, 2010

The Colin Little trained Sweet Talking Guy found looks a stayer on the rise after saluting in the $22,500 Pet, Horse & Farm Country Showcase 0-72 Handicap (2000m) at Seymour.

Sweet Talking Guy ($7) settled on the better side of midfield for Brad Rawiller and travelled strongly to the home turn, looking the winner a long way from home.

Upon straightening it appeared for a few moments that the five-year-old gelding would be a good thing beaten, but Rawiller found the gap and pinched a long head victory over Irel ($10,$15) with Amherst ($6,$7) a further half length away.

According to Little the win capped off a small piece of history for owner Dennis Marks, who famously raced Let's Elope to a Melbourne Cup victory in 1991, as it was the first time in almost two decades the champion mare's colours had saluted twice in one day.

"Dennis (Marks) had a winner earlier in the day and told me after our win that it was the first time the Let's Elope colours had saluted twice in one day in about twenty years," said Little

"Although I'm pretty sure the last time was on Melbourne Cup day in 1991," Little joked.

Little was relieved to chalk up the first win of the five-year-old's preparation after an impressive first up run had produced little in the way of financial return in the subsequent runs.

"I was relieved the horse won today, he deserved it after some bad luck," said Little.

"He ran out of his skin first up but with each run he has needed more ground with every run.

"He just couldn't get a run on Geelong Cup day and would've finished a lot closer had he. Then we took him to Moonee Valley and he was just crying out for the 2000m."

Little will consider backing the son of Ustinov up at Moonee Valley this coming Saturday and doesn't expect the rise in class to be a problem.

"I'm thinking of backing him up at Moonee Valley next Saturday over 2000m again," said Little.

"He has pulled up well and is fit now so the short break shouldn't be a problem.

"I think he is going to be a handy horse and will be hard to beat over the longer trips from here on in," he added.

Sweet Talking Guy has an impressive record for a staying type with four wins on the board already from just the 15 starts and almost $60,000 in prizemoney.