Six year old mare Little Bit Sassy returned from a lengthy injury enforced layoff to win first up at Warragul on Monday and in doing so, provided the second leg of a double for her Cranbourne trainer Simone Walker.
The mare, who is raced by the all-girl Cranbourne Allstars #3 group, has been off the scene since succumbing to a serious hoof related problem in December and went into Monday's race on the back of just one recent trial outing at Cranbourne. Obviously Walker had Little Bit Sassy primed for her return however and the daughter of Grinfromeartoear produced one of the runs of the day to come from well back at the bell for a strong win.
Drawn the back row on the mobile, Little Bit Sassy settled three back in the running line after the start and maintained that position before tracking into the race three wide from the 700 metre mark. Pushed four and five wide rounding the last bend, Little Bit Sassy ran home resolutely to overhaul the leaders in the shadows of the post to score from British General and Hoagy Bromac.
The winner of eight races from 45 starts, Little Bit Sassy is likely to have her next outing on her home track when racing returns to Cranbourne this Sunday afternoon (28 May). Now a C5 assessed pacer, Little Bit Sassy may be given a tilt at a metropolitan grade mares race in the not too distant future. On the strength of her comeback win there's no reason to think that the six year old wouldn't be competitive in that grade for connections.
Earlier in the day, Little Bit Sassy's three year old stablemate Redand Blue Fella won the opening event on the program giving driver Andrew Walker his first win as a reinsman.
Staring an odds on favourite on the strength of some promising recent efforts, Redand Blue Fella was only fairly away from his inside draw but Walker was quick to move away from the pegs and settled outside the leader and stablemate Forest Force with Simone Walker in the sulky
The pair broke clear of the field turning for home and staged a stirring battle in the straight before Redand Blue Fella prevailed by the narrowest of margins on the line in a stable quinella.
Raced by Andrew Walker on lease from his breeder Bill Kucks, Redand Blue Fella has recorded one win and a further three placings from his nine starts this season.
The gelding is by Artistic Fella from Hearts Beat True and was named, as have been most of his horses, by Kucks with special reference to his beloved Melbourne Football Club.
By David Scott
Photo Kyle Galley