Little Alfie Brown clicks for Blick

Little Alfie Brown was offside with punters, but he provided his Cambridge owner-trainer Peter Blick with a special thrill when taking the $25,000 Freight Lines Te Awamutu Cup at Te Awamutu today.

A winner two starts ago at Te Rapa, Little Alfie Brown was dropped by punters when assessing the form for today’s Waipa Racing Club feature and allowed to start at odds of better than 37/1.

He had failed in the Cornwall Handicap (won by another Cambridge galloper Dark Bishop) on June 1, but he did easily beat High Kin at Te Rapa and that form stood up well when High Kin followed with a fast-finishing second in the Ipswich Cup.

Now Little Alfie Brown could attempt to follow in High Kin’s footsteps of last July and win the $80,000 Taumarunui Gold Cup at Te Rapa on July 27.

“I suppose we’ll have to look at it now,” said Blick referring to the Taumarunui Racing Club’s feature. “I thought he’d weigh-in today, but the win is a bit of a surprise. It’s been five weeks since he last raced.”

One person confident Little Alfie Brown would be hard to beat in today’s Te Awamutu Cup was Lynsey Satherley, who has been the horse’s regular trackwork rider and recent raceday jockey.

“Lynsey though he was pretty right,” said Blick. “He’s an eight-year-old going on a three-year-old. He’s never been better. We’re doing one or two things different with him.”

Little Alfie Brown was ridden by Rogan Norvall, who credited Satherley for helping win the race.

“Lynsey said he had been working well and she told me how to ride him,” said Norvall. “It worked out to a tee. I can’t believe the way he quickened up in the straight.”

Abeautifulred looked to have a winning break on the field early in the run home, but Little Alfie Brown unleashed an irresistible finish to win well from Atom Cat and Old Drumble with Abeautifulred weakening to third.

Little Alfie Brown has now won seven races for Blick, a former butcher who now operates a successful mobile fresh fish business.

Cambridge stables were also to the fore in four other races on the eight-event programme with Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman winning the first event with Orbity and the final race with Chill Bill and Ben Foote landing a double with Cornelius and Ginja Ninja.