IT’S not often that trainers are prepared to spell horses that are in winning form, but that’s exactly the plan for back-to-back winner No Commitment, according to trainer Colin Little.
The three-year-old gelding broke through for its maiden win at the start of January over 1400 metres and subsequently stepped up in trip and grade 20 days later to record its second consecutive win at Pakenham in class 1 company over 1600 metres.
The second straight victory was particularly eye-catching after No Commitment was headed by the well-bred Murphy at the 200-metre mark after camping on the speed, but the No Excuse Needed progeny fought back to re-take the lead and salute in impressive fashion.
Despite the white-hot form, trainer Colin Little confirmed the gelding will take a break after its first attempt in benchmark 64 company at Sandown on Wednesday.
No Commitment is paying $9 at Sportsbet.com.au – race 7 from 4.30pm.
“He’s going to have this one and go out for a bit of a break,” Little told HorseBetting.com.au.
“We’re going to see if we can knock one off in town.”
No Commitment has shown great form over the shorter trip across its four-race career, but Little confirmed his galloper will be stepping up in journey when it returns from the paddock.
“He’s trucking along OK for a bit of an immature horse that needs probably 2000 metres.
“I just resisted going to 2000 metres having only one run in his life over 1600 metres. There was a 2100 metre race at Sandown that was a bit too much at this stage.
“But he is a 2000-metre horse. He’ll have this one and go out, but we hope we can continue in that winning vein.”
The three-year-old has performed above expectations for the stable so far after stepping straight into class one to notch up its second career win, but the stable believes this is only the beginning.
“I think he’ll improve,” Little said of No Commitment’s prospects going forward.
“He’s an immature horse by a stallion that takes a bit of time, (No Commitment’s sire) No Excuse Needed.
“His sister is about a six or a seven-year-old in Sydney and she’s taken a long time to come good so I think he’ll be better next preparation but he’s done a fairly nice job so far for us.”