Little Spells Dominant Tanah Lot

Jan 13, 2011

Trainer Colin Little has sent promising stayer Tanah Lot to the spelling paddock for a well deserved break following his dominant Seymour win on Thursday.

Tanah Lot ($3.40,$3.70,$3.50) gave jockey Damien Oliver a torrid time in the early stages shying away from the winning post on the first occasion, unseating the experienced hoop.

Oliver reacted quickly to the situation making a sharp move around the small field to take up the running after which the four-year-old was never threatened shooting clear upon straightening and again at the furlong marker to record a four length win over Keep Cool ($4.80,$5.50,$4) with Don Sebastian ($3,$3.80) a nose away.

Little praised Oliver’s ability to re-focus the gelding after shying, and running off the track in the early stages, and was happy with how the lightly raced staying type relaxed and found the line.

“We had always planned to lead but after running off the track Olly (Oliver) did a great job to get him to the front,” said Little.

“In the end he went round the field and won easily.”

Whilst still rough around the edges, Little was impressed with the son of Street Cry’s ability to find the line over the staying trip and happy to send him straight to the paddock.

“I sent him to the paddock because I think he has done a pretty good job thus far, given he broke a leg when he was younger.

"I had the Seymour race in mind for him after his Ballarat win and I would like to keep stepping him up over more ground when he gets back from his spell," said Little.

Unbeaten since racing in blinkers Little is confident the gelding will step up in class and distance when he returns to Lord Lodge.

“He is bred to stay, stay and stay,” Little joked.

“He is also going to appreciate getting to a mile and a half races or longer.

“I am certain he will measure up to mid-week metropolitan and Saturday class next time in.”

By Street Cry and out of a Generous mare (An Lass) Tanah Lot has now raced the five times for two wins and almost $30,000 in prizemoney.