More Success For Littles
Malcolm and Sarndra Little of Cromwell bought five fillies at the 2017 premier sale and with the success of Luvtahavtime in the Southland Express Pace at Ascot Park on Saturday, three of them are now winners.
Malcolm’s cousin Murray, through his company Havtime, is a partner in three of them including Luvtahavtime and Havtime. Trained by Barry Purdon, Havtime has scored wins in the New Zealand Yearling Sales two-year-old fillies final at Alexandra Park and the three-year-old edition at Addington to gross $226,858 and make the $36,000 purchase the best of the buys to date.
The five Little fillies went from the sales to Stephen Boyd at Aylesbury to be broken in and then to Nathan Williamson for their early education. For the next part of her preparation, $41,000 acquisition Luvtahavtime went to Brent Shirley who qualified her at Winton in October.
Because she was eligible for the sales race at Addington, the half-sister to Jewel’s winner Pembrook’s Delight went north again and began her racing career with Benny Hill. Amazingly, the Littles produced four of the nine runners. Not only did Havtime win the race, Allaboutdreams finished runner-up. Secured for $25,000, the Bettor’s Delight filly is trained by Brett Gray.
Second last was Allaboutjoy, a daughter of Jumpforjoy picked up for $27,000. She was trained and driven by Nathan Williamson and is currently on the easy list. Luvtahavtime was last him but picked up a stake on her way back south with a second at Forbury Park. After a fifth at Wyndham, the filly joined Kirstin Barclay and Paul Ellis, who train from Murray Little’s premises at Oreti Beach.
“She has done well since going to the beach,” Malcolm said.
Taken straight to the front in the stand-start 2700 metre event by Blair Orange, the Bettor’s Delight filly stacked the field up before running home in a 27.6 closing quarter to win in a leisurely 3:37.0.
Luvtahavtime picturing during his early preparation with Brent Shirley – Photo Bruce Stewart
Allaboutdreams raced again on Saturday, beaten into second place by The Bull Pen who paced 2:41.5 when winning by two and a half lengths. A winner at Invercargill in November, Allaboutdreams was recording her third second in row including a Nevele R Fillies heat at Forbury Park.
Fifth of the group, Allaboutclass, was secured for $8500, has the same ownership as Luvtahavtime and cost them $8500. Trained by Gray, the filly qualified at Winton in December.
Meanwhile Brad Williamson confirmed his versatility in the Level One Restaurant & Bar Pace on Saturday when Thisladyrocks credited him with his 20th career training victory, 13 of them with pacers.
“I’ve found trotters easier to train because I’ve had more experience with them but I usually have about the same number of each,” he said.
The former Jude and Geoff Knight trained mare had joined Williamson’s team at Christmas time and her new trainer indicated it was mission accomplished. He said the half-sister to Cup class pacer Captain Dolmio will probably be bred from this season.
“She’s got her win now that will help her value for breeding.”
Thisladyrocks pinged off the gate and was never headed.
Williamson said it wasn’t his intention to lead but was happy to have her there.
Canterbury visitor Montefalco won the Happy Birthday Lesley Marshall Pace on debut for trainer and driver Matt Anderson. He had trailed the leader The Great Buzz to the turn but proved too strong down the lane in a two horse battle. It was the third second placing in seven outings for the Great Buzz and probably his last in this country, trainer Clark Barron reporting that sale of the son of Auckland Reactor and Risonanza to Saratoga had been negotiated.