Caulfield trainer, Colin Little is a bloomin’ marvel. Not only does he have an excellent eye for a horse, but he’s also got the patience of Job.
Colin’s BEL ESPRIT flyer Work The Room is a case in point. The 5YO oozes talent but has had a career threatening injury which kept him off the racing scene for 15 months.
However, after solid victories at his first two starts – at Ballarat and Sandown – Colin nursed Work The Room back to full strength and he resumed in August with a bee’s appendage second over 1200m at Geelong, laying in badly for most of the straight.
He then raced wide at his next start at Sale before finishing on solidly for third, beaten just on a length.
Then there was yesterday. Cyberhorse’s Grayson White takes up the story:
Despite an on course drift in the betting ring, the Colin Little-trained Work The Room broke through for his first win this preparation in the $30,000 Royal Charter Handicap (1700m) at Betfair Park.
Work The Room jumped well and was ridden positively by Luke Nolen who gave the lightly raced 5YO the run of the race sitting just off the pace with cover.
Turning for home, Work The Room looked to have the race won but a late charge along the rails by Foxham resulted in a winning margin of half a length.
Little was relieved to be back in the winners’ circle with the Bel Esprit gelding who has carried big raps since showing a brilliant turn of foot at just his first race start.
“It was nice to be two to three lengths in front of Rundle in the run,” said Little after the win. “He is a pretty promising horse and being Zipping’s half brother he has always had a rap on him.”
Little admitted the gelding’s failure at its previous start was most likely because of the four week gap between runs due to unsuitable racing surfaces.
“We were looking for a good track and because we scratched him a few times he probably got to Sale a bit soft because we ticked him over a bit long,” he said.
“I still believe he will get better on top of the ground so there could be more improvement in him.”