Little Hottie burns at debut

Sep 24, 2014

Promising filly Little Hottie will get a chance to prove she is an Oaks filly this spring after storming home to an easy debut win at Kyneton on Tuesday.

Jockey Dean Yendall loved Little Hottie's impressive turn of foot in the home straight, and she was most convincing racing away over the last 100 metres of the Woodside Park Stud F&M Maiden Plate (1450m).

Second favourite at $3.60, the three-year-old drifted back from her wide gate and settled down third last on the rails before making ground to the turn and coming widest in the straight.

Yendall said Little Hottie was "going through the motions" and unsure what to do at the 500 metres, but when he called on her with the whip she responded brilliantly.

 "When we straightened up, gee, she really let rip," Yendall said.

"She let down enormously and won really well."

Little Hottie scored by 2-1/4  lengths from Arctic Dream ($11) and favourite Tears Of Joy ($2.30). 

Trainer Michael Kent questioned the strength of Tuesday's opposition, but he is keen to see how far she can progress in the spring.

"She is a nice staying filly and she will be nominated for the VRC Oaks and those sorts of races," Kent said.

"It was only her first start but we will press on and see how far she gets, although I think she will be better off in the autumn."

Owned by Gilgai Farm, the daughter of O'Reilly was a $NZ120,000 yearling at the 2013 Karaka sale, and is the first foal from Rahy mare Megan's Tough Love, a dual 1500-metre winner as a two-year-old in America.

O'Reilly is looking for a big spring with four-time Group One winners Silent Achiever and Sacred Falls spearheading his progeny.