Miss Softhands prompts Little to go outside the norm at Caulfield

Dec 06, 2012

Local trainer Colin Little has shelved his usual procedure to run smart prospect Miss Softhands in Saturday's Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1100m) at Caulfield.

Miss Softhands impressed with her strong debut win at Bendigo on November 29 but the filly will step out again just nine days after her first race, a tactic he said he rarely adopted.

"I don't normally back them up second-up in their life this quickly but this is a lovely race for her," Little said.

"I'd prefer the race to be a bit longer but she's a VOBIS horse and the race is worth $80,000 plus VOBIS bonuses so we want to run in the race."

The trainer said Miss Softhands's recovery from her soft 1-1/4 length win in maiden company showed she would cope with the short period between runs but the daughter of Bel Esprit had the ability to handle the jump in class to city racing.

"She's a good filly. The back-up will be no problem for her, she's quite tough," Little said. "The run at Bendigo didn't faze her in the slightest."

Miss Softhands settled off the speed before surging home to score easily at Bendigo. Little said Miss Softhands would race the same way at Caulfield to continue the stable's aim to get her out over more ground than the 1100 metres of Saturday's event.

"She is a filly with a lot of length," Little said. "She has got a bit of pace about her but we purposely rode her back the other day just to give her a chance and teach her to get home.

"We don't want to turn her into a 1000-metre flyer. She'll get over a little bit of ground, I'm not sure how much, but as long as she relaxes, she'll be all right."