Gold Coast trainer Kelly Doughty is convinced popular mare Little Brown Horse can run a strong mile at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday as the six-year-old chases her maiden Black-Type victory in the Tattersall’s Mile 2015.
The Waterford Road mare has developed a cult like following around the Queensland tracks over her 52 start career so far that Doughty is convinced can continue for another season so long as Little Brown Horse shows up in this weekend’s $100,000 Listed Tattersall’s Mile Handicap (1640m).
“At this stage we are planning for her to race on into next season,” Doughty told AAP.
“We will make a final decision after Saturday’s race.”
A winner of 12 of those starts, including three from 21 at Doomben, the veteran galloper improved on two unplaced Listed runs earlier in the winter to finish only a neck away second to Trakstar at the Sunshine Coast over the mile a fortnight ago.
It was that run on July 4 that Doughty is hoping she reproduces on the weekend and not the effort that saw her run 10th to Dublin Lass and 11th to Real Surreal in the Listed Bright Shadow Quality (1200m) at Doomben and the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m) at Ipswich respectively.
“I know she was well beaten in stakes’ company at two recent runs but there were excuses in those runs,” Doughty said.
“It was much more like her true form when she was a nose second to Trakstar at the Sunshine Coast two weeks ago.
“That was her first start at 1600 metres and the winner is pretty smart. It gives us hope she will run a very strong 1600 around Doomben.”
In the Tattersall’s Mile, Little Brown Horse is drawn a treat in gate four with apprentice Geoffrey Goold riding her on the 54kg minimum.
Goold has been aboard for all but one of the mare’s 11 runs since January and knows exactly how to get the best out of her according to Doughty.
“Geoff knows exactly how to ride her. She needs to settle early in her races with cover and the four barrier should be perfect for her,” Doughty said.
It is a tight affair in the latest Tattersall’s Mile odds at Ladbrokes.com.au with half the field under $10 to win including narrow $5.50 favourite and the horse that beat Little Brown Horse home at the Sunshine Coast, Trakstar out in barrier 11.
Little Brown Horse meanwhile is at $8.
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