OUR MEMORIES
LITTLE BRIDGE (L285)


 

 

Passage Over Obstacles; Game Upon Partnerships

 

Country of Origin : NZ Owner : Ko Kam Piu
Colour / Sex : Bay / Gelding Last Rating : 121
Import Type : PPG Sire : Faltaat
Total Stakes* : $13,674,540 Dam : Golden Rose
No. of 1-2-3-Starts* : 10-2-1-22 Dam's Sire : Gold Brose

Purton has partnered the Ko Kam Piu-owned gelding in 15 of his 20 career starts, winning nine.

 

INTRODUCTION

 

2009/2010 season, Purton first caught sight of LITTLE BRIDGE in a routine morning.

“I saw the horse at the track and I remarked to Danny what a nice horse he was,” he recalls. “He smiled at me straightaway and asked, ‘What do you know about this horse?’ I said, ‘Not much, only that he looks like a really nice horse,’ and he said ‘Okay, you can ride him’.

 

LITTLE BRIDGE had only been in Hong Kong a couple of weeks and I started riding him in gallops, and immediately I knew he had his fair share of ability.

When he got to the trials I knew he was quite good.

Obviously, I didn’t know he was as good as he has turned out to be, but he gave me the feel of a Class horse.”

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

2012-06-19 LITTLE BRIDGE‘s final victory was the Group One King’s Stand Stakes in England –

delivering both Shum and Purton their biggest wins by that time.

That, thankfully, was the closest LITTLE BRIDGE came to defeat as he “exploded from the gate”, travelled like a dream in the box seat, kicked ahead at the furlong pole,

and held his nearest pursuer, BATED BREATH, by an easy three-quarters of a length.

“He was strong on the line – if they had gone another ,100 metres, he still would have held them at bay,” reveals the jockey.

“When he was pulling up after the line I could just tell he knew he’d won – he knew he’d done a good job –

he had his ears pricked, he was having a little look around and he enjoyed the moment as well.”
“The reception we got when we came back was something I didn’t really expect – it was incredible.

The English racing fans really enjoy their racing and there were a lot of local Hong Kong people there.

The Racing Club Members were there and the Owner had a group of friends there, so there was a big contingent and they were all enjoying it.”

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Date Ind. Pla. RC/Track/ Dist. Race Jockey Odds Finish Time Race or Trophy Race
Course Class
2010-05-23 624 1 ST / “Turf” / “A “ 1000 4 Z Purton 6 0.57.10 Healthy Dining Handicap
2010-06-12 684 1 ST / “Turf” / “C+3 “ 1000 3 Z Purton 1.6 0.56.14 HK University Alumni Assoc. Challenge Cup
2010-09-12 25 1 ST / “Turf” / “C+3 “ 1000 3 Z Purton 1.4 0.56.79 Guangzhou Handicap
2010-10-17 111 1 ST / “Turf” / “A+3 “ 1200 2 Z Purton 1.3 1.08.94 Soin D’eau Handicap
2010-11-06 156 1 ST / “Turf” / “C+3 “ 1000 1 Z Purton 1.4 0.56.73 Panasonic P2hd Professional Video Handicap
2010-11-21 192 3 ST / “Turf” / “B+2 “ 1200 G2 Z Purton 15 1.08.91 The Cathay Pacific Jockey Club Sprint
2010-12-12 243 8 ST / “Turf” / “A “ 1200 G1 Z Purton 9.7 1.09.36 The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint
2011-01-01 294 1 ST / “Turf” / “B+2 “ 1400 HKG3 Z Purton 4.1 1.21.98 The Chinese Club Challenge Cup
2011-01-23 347 5 ST / “Turf” / “A “ 1600 HKG1 Z Purton 7.2 1.34.74 The Mercedes-benz Hong Kong Classic Mile
2011-03-20 484 14 ST / “Turf” / “A “ 2000 HKG1 Y T Cheng 30 2.08.73 The Mercedes-benz Hong Kong Derby
2011-09-11 3 2 ST / “Turf” / “A “ 1200 1 Z Purton 2 1.09.73 The Hksar Chief Executive’s Cup
2011-10-01 61 9 ST / “Turf” / “C “ 1000 HKG3 K C Leung 5.8 0.57.43 The Sha Tin Sprint Trophy
2011-10-30 136 2 ST / “Turf” / “B+2 “ 1200 HKG2 Z Purton 26 1.08.87 The Premier Bowl
2011-11-20 180 1 ST / “Turf” / “B+2 “ 1200 G2 G Mosse 5.5 1.08.67 The Cathay Pacific Jockey Club Sprint
2011-12-11 234 4 ST / “Turf” / “A “ 1200 G1 G Mosse 2.9 1.09.32 The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint
2012-01-15 321 7 ST / “Turf” / “C “ 1000 HKG1 G Mosse 2.9 0.57.36 The Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup
2012-02-05 378 6 ST / “Turf” / “B+2 “ 1200 HKG1 Z Purton 9.3 1.09.43 The Chairman’s Sprint Prize
2012-04-01 522 1 ST / “Turf” / “B+2 “ 1000 HKG3 Z Purton 7.4 0.55.98 The Bauhinia Sprint Trophy
2012-04-29 574 1 ST / “Turf” / “A “ 1200 HKG2 Z Purton 1.7 1.09.18 The Sprint Cup
2012-06-19 UK 1 Ascot/ “Turf” 1000 G1 Z Purton 7.4 0.59.69 The King’s Stand Stakes
2012-09-30 JAP 10 Nakayama/ “Turf” 1200 G1 Z Purton 3.8 1.07.40 G1 Sprinters Stakes
2012-11-18 174 9 ST / “Turf” / “B+2 “ 1200 G2 Z Purton 7.9 1.09.72 The Jockey Club Sprint

 

 

SUMMARY

 

LITTLE BRIDGE has gone down in history as the first ever New Zealand-bred Group One winner at racing’s showpiece Royal Ascot carnival.
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The seven-year-old was then retired early with a tendon injury following two unsuccessful runs after his Royal Ascot victory.

He was sent to Living Legends farm in Victoria, where champion Hong Kong sprinter Silent Witness also resides.
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2013 December, LITTLE BRIDGE suffered one bout of colic shortly after arriving at the farm in last year, after which he was successfully operated on and had fully recovered.

2014-03-09 LITTLE BRIDGE passed away after a more severe attack on Wednesday.

 

REFERENCE

 

“He was my horse – I rode him in trackwork every day, I really loved him. He was a beautiful animal,” Shum said on Sunday at Sha Tin.

“It is a pity and very sad, but I know he was well taken care of by the people there and they did their best to help him.”

 

Purton‘s success on LITTLE BRIDGE was instrumental in a breakout season for the Australian, and he hadn’t forgotten the contribution his “mate” had made to his own career.

The jockey even visited LITTLE BRIDGE at the Beas River spelling facility before the horse‘s departure for New Zealand.

“He was my favourite, so I’m pretty upset,” Purton said.

“He was still quite a young horse, and gave me my biggest moment in racing.”

 

 

EXTERNAL LINK

 

LITTLE BRIDGE – Record File – HKJC

LITTLE BRIDGE – Pedigree Query

 

 

 

Acknowledgement to HKJC Racing Registry for offering record data.

 

 

 


 

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