Tanah Lot Completes Rare Double

Dec 28, 2010

The Colin Little trained Tanah Lot completed a rare double at Ballarat on Christmas Eve, returning from a broken leg to win the $12,000 Efpro Security Maiden Plate (1500m).

Tanah Lot ($4.60,$4.80) had been a beaten favourite at his previous two starts due to his immature racing style but a savvy, expectant Nolen, was able to do enough on the lightly raced four-year-old to score by almost a length on the line over Furtively ($8,$12) with a further half length to the Mick Price trained Renounce ($6.50,$9) third.

Little was pleased to see the Street Cry gelding finally break through for connections who have had to endure one of racing's greatest setbacks.

"To come back from a broken leg and race the way he has is a big bonus," said Little who admitted they got lucky with the type of break.

"The break was high up, toward his stifle, on his hind leg, so it was probably in a lucky spot in terms of recovery.

"That said we have taken our time with him and it probably shows out on the track."

Racing in blinkers for the first time appeared to help according to Little who insists the awkward racing style is making it a nerve racking final furlong.

"He hung badly at his first few runs and the stewards almost sent him back to the trials but we applied the blinkers at Ballarat and although we would like him to go a little straighter, they did seem to help," he said.

By Street Cry and out of a Generous mare (An Lass) Little has always expected Tanah Lot to get over ground but has also been impressed with the gelding's turn of foot over the shorter trips.

"He is a nice staying type of horse and although he is by Street Cry and out of a Generous mare he shows quite a nice turn of foot.

Little plans to step Tanah Lot out over more ground and has a 1700m race at Seymour pencilled in for the coming weeks.

"I have a race in mind for him over 1700m at Seymour and will probably head that way but I would like to keep stepping him up over more ground eventually," said Little.

The win takes Tanah Lot's record to a win and two seconds from just the four starts.